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More than 100 Miami residents discouraged over the lack of jobs, plan to crash $10,000 per plate Republican fundraiser headlined by U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor today.

Media Advisory for Tuesday, September 6, 2011               

Contact: Jose Suarez – 561.267.7069

jose.suarez@onemiaminow.org

More than 100 Miami residents discouraged over the lack of jobs, plan to crash $10,000 per plate Republican fundraiser headlined by U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor today.

MIAMI, FL – More than 100 angry Miami-Dade residents and community leaders are expected to protest and hold a soup line reminiscent of those during the Great Depression in the Coral Gables, disrupting a Republican fundraiser. It will be attended by the elite few who can afford the $10,000 per plate price, as well as U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and South Florida U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R), Mario Diaz-Balart (R), David Rivera (R), and Allen West (R).

The angst of these residents is that in the midst of a recession and high unemployment, in Miami, these South Florida politicians are more concerned with having their pockets lined by fat-cat lobbyists than the jobs crisis going on in their own backyard.

“There are no jobs, I’ve been looking for months,” says Anna Kleinholz, an unemployed teacher expected to attend the protest. “These politicians only care about the rich and maintaining their cushy D.C. jobs, while we’re out here starving for work and daily necessities! We are tired of hearing about tax breaks and bailouts for the county’s largest corporations. D.C.’s lack of focus on real job creation is beyond frustrating.”

Community members are worried that their politicians are in the hands of lobbyists who can spend thousands of dollars on elections. Residents want the politicians to know that they work for every income class, and that Miami desperately needs good paying-jobs.

Those expected to attend will make their voice heard through protest, and form a soup line like the days of the Great Depression to make the point that while they are spending $10,000 per plate, the majority is struggling to figure out a way to put food on the table.

What: 100 distressed citizens will protest outside an affluent Republican fundraiser, attended by South Florida Members of Congress.

When: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Where: 5545 Arbor Lane, Coral Gables, FL 33156

1Miami is a new coalition of community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and workers united to bring good jobs to Miami.

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