LOUISIANANS TO GOVERNOR JINDAL: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Governor’s Stance on Economic Stimulus Bill Sparks Mass Demonstration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2009—
Alarmed at the governor’s position on the Administration’s economic stimulus package, a group of Louisiana non profits and community leaders have merged to form Concerned Citizens Coalition (CCC) to lead a mass demonstration to reiterate that “Enough is Enough” when it comes to ignoring the vital needs of Louisiana’s children and their families.
Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana NAACP and CCC organizer said, “President Obama’s federal economic stimulus package represents an opportunity for investing in our people and our infrastructure in new and different ways to help break the cycle of poverty and inequality once and for all.”
The demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT). Participants will then march from Memorial Stadium (
Rally participants will not only emphasize the relief the Obama economic stimulus package would bring to Louisiana, but they will also push for lawmakers to vote against proposed cuts Jindal plans to make to Louisiana’s education and Medicaid budgets, as well as call for government accountability, and the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
“With a quarter of Louisiana’s children uninsured and with low performance scores in basic reading—making cuts to programs that were put in place to aide our children should not be the route our governor takes to try to balance the state budget,” said Shacara Lewis, Every Child Matters in Louisiana State Director and CCC organizer.
Citizens interested in participating in the May 27 demonstration can call (225) 218-3147 for more information. In addition, individuals who cannot participate but wish to register their support can do so on-line at www.mainstreetgroup.org.
Nadra Harrison Hall
Director of Communications
Every Child Matters in