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NYPD Arrest Peaceful 99ers at Unemployed Workers Rally

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Four grassroots 99er advocates were
arrested by the New York Police
Department after a peaceful protest
on November 12th.
A group of 99ers that engaged in a peaceful protest in New York City on Friday, November 12th, reported previously here, were arrested by the New York Police Department. Four people were arrested, during a protest outside, of a New York City unemployment office.  
"Economists say one way to grow this economy is by extending unemployment benefits because these workers then plow that money immediately back into the economy," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a democrat, said to New York Based WABC-Channel 7.
Some of the protesters blocked the street, in an effort to draw attention to the plight of "99ers", a group of up to 6 Million unemployed and/or unemployed job seekers, who have exhausted between 73-99 weeks of unemployment benefits.

A bill that currently sits within the Senate Finance Committee, S-3706- “The Americans Want to Work Act” sponsored by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would provide up to 20 additional weeks of supplemental income benefits and offer a $2000 tax credit for businesses to hire the long-term jobless or unemployed. 

On September 28th, an effort for the bill to reach the Senate Floor for an up or vote, was blocked by Lame-Duck Senator George LeMieux (R-FL), citing deficit concerns.

"Ninety-niners" in many cases, have been without any benefits since April 2010, for a running total of eight months. A majority of these former or unemployed American Workers, desire to return back into the workforce.

In the eight month time period, in some cases without necessary income, growing numbers of 99ers are quickly losing the monetary ability maintain in housing, supply food, pay bills or take care of other necessary livelihood resources.

The current unemployment extension act for those under 73-99 weeksH.R.-4213, “The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010, is also set to expire in fifteen short days. Congress, returned back to work on November 15th, to enter into what is described as a “Lame-Duck” session. This period designed to work on legislation requiring passage before the New Congress is normally seated and sworn in.

Democrats by a majority vote of 59 seats after the November 3rd elections, control of the Senate. The party will continue to control the legislative body, until 2012.  

In the House, the majority will reflect the outcome of the November 3rd elections after, January 2011, in which Republicans picked-up close to 58 new seats. With a majority of unemployment extension bills originating in the House, 99ers and current recipients of H.R.-4213, are growing doubtful that Federal based unemployment compensation will be continued; regardless of what the nations’ jobless rate reflects.

Congress fails to reauthorize the benefits, two million unemployed will prematurely stop receiving checks within one month or immediately thereafter, according to unemployment guidelines within the state they reside. This figure was confirmed on a “Reach Out Job Search” blog posting November 9th, by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). 

It should be noted that NELP has not issued any public statements on behalf of the other group of long-term unemployed job seekers, the 99ers.

Huffington Post Blogger Michael Thornton reported that Grassroot 99er advocates, "Kian Fredrick, Yvonne Fitzner, Joe Stanick and Debbie Kloepping were arrested, handcuffed, and spent about 90 minutes in custody before being released."

A New York based news station, WABC Channel 7, recorded video on the peaceful protest and and reactions by 99ers at the event.

Below is a YouTube Linked Video of one of the peaceful Grassroots 99ers Protester's, at the November 12th rally.

What are your thoughts on this article? Do you feel as if peaceful unemployed job seekers should have been subject to arrest by the NYPD? Feel free to comment on this story!

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