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Media Contact:  

Kristin Marting , theline2012@gmail.com,  6468721674

Photos from the action: http://theline.smugmug.com/

Video from the actions:  http://vimeo.com/38035117

Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

5,000 Concerned Citizens Form a Three-Mile Line on Broadway, Holding Pink Slips from the Bull at Bowling Green to Union Square, March 6

Visually Stunning Protest Represents 14 Million Unemployed Americans and Demands Action from Congress and Corporations

8:14 to 8:28 A. M. on Super Tuesday

New York, NY — From 8:14AM to 8:28AM on Super Tuesday, March 6, 2012, more than 5,000 concerned citizens and activists will participate in THE LINE – a visually stunning and politically significant protest action representing the more than 14 million Americans who are unemployed.

More than 5,000 citizens, each holding a pink slip over their head, will form a line stretching from Bowling Green along Broadway up to Union Square. The line will stretch nearly 3 miles through New York City for 14 minutes – 1 minute for each million unemployed Americans. More info at: https://theline2012.wordpress.com

“If all 14 million jobless Americans formed a single unemployment line, it would stretch unbroken around the borders of our entire country (from Portland, Maine to Seattle Washington to San Lucas, California, to Miami, Florida and back to Portland),” said Kristin Marting, Artistic Director of HERE, one of the Line’s organizers. “The Line will remind Congress and Corporations about their responsibility to put America back to work. Creating jobs is the key to a productive America.”

Tal Yarden of NY America said “Things are getting better and Obama’s policies have pulled us back from the brink. That is true, but there is still overwhelming unemployment in America and Congress is doing nothing to help. We need bipartisan collaboration to support the President’s call to action to pass job creation bills that put America first and get us back to work. ”

Mark Plesent of the Working Theater added, “The Line is a call to action and a demand for focus and attention. We want corporations to stop outsourcing our jobs and take responsibility for bringing work back to America. “

Join the Line
“We encourage anyone concerned about American jobs to join us on The Line”, said artist/activist Mahayana Landowne, one of the Line’s core organizers.  To participate in The Line, email theline2012@gmail.com. More details: https://theline2012.wordpress.com

THE LINE is being organized by artists and activists from HERE and Working Theater and with organizations as varied as the Arts & Democracy Project, BAAD!, Construction and General Building Laborers’ Local 79, CVH Action, the Civilians, CWA Local 1180, Dance New Amsterdam, DC37, Democracy for NYC, Dixon Place, Downtown Community Television, Fourth Arts Block, Foundry Theatre, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, National Jobs for All Coalition, National Organization of Women – NYS, New Georges, New York America, New York City Central Labor Council, NYC Americans for Democratic Action New York Immigration Coalition, New York State Immigration Fund, Occupy Astoria LIC, Occupy Wall Street, Peculiar Works Project, Professional Staff Congress, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Teamsters Local 814, Theatre for a New City, UAW, UFT, United NY, Workers Defense League, and Workers United. List in formation. We are also supported by Art is My Occupation.

Media Contact:  Kristin Marting  theline2012@gmail.com  6468721674
https://theline2012.wordpress.com      https://www.facebook.com/events/260930897301189/    #theline2012

Text on the pink slip:

THE NEXT PINK SLIP MIGHT BE YOURS!

Imagine being one of the 14 million Americans who lost their job during the last five years.

Since the recession began in November 2007, the American economy has suffered a loss of over 6 million jobs. Another 10-15 million more have given up hope of finding a job and are not even counted in current unemployment statistics.

As the U.S. economy slowly recovers from one of the longest and deepest recessions since the Depression, we are still facing a 8.3% unemployment rate.

More people were living in poverty last year than in any year since the Census Bureau began keeping records half a century ago.

At the same time, the richest 1% has tripled its wealth and corporations are being bailed out without giving back.

We stand in this unemployment line to recognize those who have lost their jobs and their ability to support themselves and their families.

The line stretches through Manhattan for miles – from Wall Street to Union Square. There are more than 6,000 standing here today, each representing over 1,000 Americans who have lost their jobs in the past years.

Stop the spread of pink slips!

… the next pink slip might have your name on it.


WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Insist that Congress and Corporations invest in America and bring our jobs back.

Insist on bipartisan collaboration to put America first and get us back to work.

Here’s how:

Demand that Congress support the President’s call to action to invest in America and pass job creation bills.  Jobs first, Deficit next.  Write them! Call them! Pay them a visit!

Demand that Congress pass a tax increase on the 1%. Put their money to work creating American jobs and paying down the federal deficit. Write! Call!  Visit!

Demand that corporations stop outsourcing our jobs and take responsibility for bringing work back to America. Write corporations that you buy products from and insist they stop if they want to keep your business.

Creating jobs is the key to a productive America!

Learn more at theline2012.wordpress.com

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