On Sunday, 50 members of the New York Unemployment Project took
to the street to spread holiday carols about the Christmas their families
facing. Caroling unemployment inspired versions of traditional Christmas
carols, NYUP members dressed up as the Grinch
and showed Lower Manhattan what President Bush had sent them for the
holidays – a big box
filled with empty promises.
The action was covered widely on the nightly news on NBC 4, WABC 7,
and the WB. Links to print coverage are below from the Daily News,
an editorial in Newsday and Hoy.
DAILY NEWS, December 23, 2002
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By EILIS QUINN, DAILY NEWS WRITER
Demonstrators turned "Jingle Bells" and "Deck
the Halls" from
holiday tunes into protest songs as they rallied near City Hall yesterday
to demand an extension of federal unemployment benefits.
About 50 members of the New York Unemployment Project, an organization
of jobless New Yorkers, demonstrated on Park Row. They called on Washington
politicians to continue the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation
"Christmas is going to be more modest this year," said Joe
Bergmann, a former creative director for a Web site, whose benefits
ran out in July. Unemployment benefits kept Bergmann and his family
has a wife and two daughters - financially afloat after he lost his
job following the World Trade Center terror attacks.
Benefits for more than 60,000 New Yorkers will expire on Saturday. That
total is in addition to the more than 180,000 jobless New Yorkers whose
extended benefits already have run out, NYUP organizers say.
The TEUC program stretched the original 26-week period of compensation
by 13 weeks. Congress adjourned Nov. 22 without extending the program.