Local Activists Urge Congressman Thompson to Support Green Jobs and Obama Stimulus

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In an event sponsored by Moveon.org and organized in every Congressional District, a group of 25 local residents met with Ellie Fairclough from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office to urge him to vote for the Obama stimulus.

The local event was organized by Mary Zhu. She called on Congressman Thompson to support and help pass President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. The group said it hops it will help to create new and green jobs for the country.

They also presented Ms. Fairclough as Representative to Mike Thompson with a 365-signature petition that was gathered online in support of Obama’s plan.

There were two other speakers. One of UC Davis alum Joseph Stewart, who some may remember from the Choice Voting campaign. Now an alum with a degree in environmental science, he’s now looking for work.

“I’m looking for work right now and I can’t find work; there’s no jobs to be had. I don’t know what to do, I don’t have a place to live, I’m not sure what’s going to happen to my health insurance. It’s a really hard situation.”

Ellie Fairclough then read a statement from Congressman Mike Thompson:

“It will take help from all Americans to get our country back on track, and the active involvement of every member of our community will be a crucial component of any economic recovery.

Our country is facing some of the biggest challenges I’ve seen in my lifetime, and it’s important that Congress moves quickly to pass legislation to change the direction of our economy. Congress is working with President-elect Obama’s team to create legislation that will create or save over 3 million jobs in the next 2 years and invest in infrastructure projects to lay the foundation for future economic growth.”

Joseph Stewart said after the statement was read that it sounded great, he only hoped that the Congressman and others would follow through.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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4 thoughts on “Local Activists Urge Congressman Thompson to Support Green Jobs and Obama Stimulus”

  1. Anonymous

    In an event organized in every Congressional District, a group of 25 local residents met with Ellie Fairclough from Congressman Mike Thompson’s office to urge him to vote for the Obama stimulus.Every Congressional District? Really?Those 25 local residents were awfully busy yesterday flying around the country. Or perhaps they utilized Star Trek technology: …Beam me up, Scottie, there’s no intelligent life to be found here….

  2. one citizen

    The first comment on this article shows a problem in reading and understanding a simple sentence. This failure speaks to a pervasive problem in the general population: a lack of literacy. The problem with illiteracy is that democracy requires a population that can read and write so that informed decisions can be made in the voting booths. This is the sentence: ……event sponsored by Moveon.org and organized in every Congressional District, a group of 25 local residents met with……Note that the verb of …25 local residents… is …met,… not …oganized…. Consequently, it is not necessary to invoke …Star Trek technology… because the 25 local residents were not doing the organizing.Additionally, Moveon.org organizes on the net so physical flying about or …beaming up… is not needed. I believe the commentator knows about the internet. Moveon.org has 5 million members, most likely scattered throughout the several Congressional Districts. Consequently, organizingthroughout the States can be done while sitting at the computer. Amazing!It was also via the net that 1,324 signatures were put to the petition, thus obviating the need to physically reaching each signatory. Imagine that!

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