The Where Is Paul Ryan? protest and sit in conducted by unemployed constituents of his is now in its 4th day, and momentum is growing. As per usual, Wisconsinites are taking the fight right to him, as illustrated by Wisconsin Jobs Now:
Rep. Ryan’s tax cuts for corporations and the rich continually make the jobs crisis worse while his budget cuts hurt the people who are struggling just to get by. Rather than filling his schedule with fundraisers and meetings with his rich corporate donors during this crisis, Ryan owes his jobless constituents face-to-face meetings at no charge.
The jobs focus is particularly prudent considering how callous it is to charge the unemployed especially for access to their representatives.
Moreover, these protests of Republican congressmen in relation to town halls is “truly widespread” according to Chris Bowers. And this “invisible town hall revolution”, as Dave Dayen has termed it, is getting bigger and bigger. However, there is a roadblock that Andy Kroll of Mother Jones recognized in that politicians left and right alike have eliminated town halls in order to avoid having to respond to constiuent rancor.
Fortunately, in additon to the fantastic work organizing where there are town halls from Rebuild the Dream, MoveOn, and Democracy for America, organizations such as the Working Families Party are working on alternative creative recess events. These highlight the vacuum from a would-be town hall, which is highly encouraging in light of the impact of the Paul Ryan sit in.
In that vein, not only have the sit ins and protests spread to a second office of Ryan’s, his staff are clearly feeling the heat:
Things have become very contentious, office staff have ordered the stoppage of all filming and that the activists leave the premises after filling out a form to see if they can learn about whether they get to meet with Ryan in 10 days. If that sentence was confusing, you’re not alone.
In light of this, Wisconsin Jobs Now asks an important question:
Has it ever been so hard for the unemployed members of a congressional district to meet their representative and talk about how to create jobs?
Considering the calamity of our unemployment crisis, this is as emblematic a portrayal of the ongoing intransigence on jobs as could be.
We need to Create Jobs Now, and we need to make our voices heard until we can make our politicians do it. If you can, go find an American Dream event either through MoveOn or Democracy for America's Don't Kill the Dream, or host your own!
As they say in Wisconsin: Forward.