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Progressive Maryland, UFCW Local 1994, MCGEO, DC Metro Council, other community groups vigil at Van Hollen's Rockville office, demand Congress stand up for the middle class, say 'no' to cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Kate Planco Waybright speaks to vigilers Dec. 10, 2012[Rockville, Md. - Dec. 11, 2012] - Progressive Maryland and allied organizations held a candlelight holiday vigil Monday evening at the Rockville office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8) to remind him that Marylanders don't want the Federal budget balanced on the backs of the middle class.
The groups demanded that Congress make sure the richest 2% pay their fair share in taxes, and protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and other programs important for Maryland’s families.

"We are here today to remind Congressman Van Hollen we need his leadership in Washington to champion our vision that makes our county and working families stronger," Progressive Maryland's Kate Planco Waybright (photo right), interim executive director, told vigilers. "Our vision calls for: fair taxes - starting by ending the Bush tax cuts above 250,000; no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; protecting vital programs for our families; and good jobs for America. That’s a path to prosperity for working and middle class families, the engine of our economy."
Participants continued their vigil and singing in the hall of Van Hollen's Office at 51 Monroe Street, Rockville, as leaders presented their demands with his staff. Other speakers representing sponsoring groups included:

  • Josh Williams, President of the DC Metro Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Gene Renne, President of UFCW Local 1994 and Vice-president of the DC Council
  • Donna Smith, Community Organizer for National Nurses United
  • Kenneth Lerch, President of the National Association of letter Carriers, Rockville Local
  • Jean Athey, Fund Our Communities Bring the War Dollars Home
  • Chris Bradbury, Montgomery County Young Democrats
  • Shara Bahanan, Montgomery College Young Democrats

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