Friday, April 23, 2010

Outreach to YOUR Members of Congress

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Contact YOUR members of Congress NOW and force them to pass HR3149

[The legislation called the Equal Employment for All Act will make it illegal for employers to use your personal credit report to hire and fire.]

Even if you have written before, even if you have written repeatedly, write them again. Also it's VERY IMPORTANT is to get everyone you know via e-mail and FB to write them as well. This is about numbers and the more people you can get to write the more numbers we deliver. So ask everyone you know to write and ask them to pass this page on to everyone they know. Without huge numbers this simply will not happen. It's up to YOU! Simlply add your quick personal note of encouragement and link them to this page . . .

How to:

1) Find Your 9 Digit Zip Code Before you begin, you’ll need your full 9 digit zip code. Simply go to the link below and plug in your address and it will provide your full 9 digit zip.

2) Contact YOUR member(s) the House of Representatives

Simply click on the link above and follow the steps, select your state, enter your full 9 digit zip code, click “contact my representative,” answer the security question, plug in your personal information, paste in the sample message you will find below, edit if you wish and hit “send message.”

3) Contact YOUR Senator(s)

Simply click on the link above, choose your state, choose your senator(s), go to their website(s) and navigate their website looking for “contact info.” then follow their steps, copy and paste in the sample message below, edit if you wish and hit “send.”

[Sample Message]

As a regular voter and your loyal constituent, I request that you do your part to get HR3149: The Equal Employment for All Act passed NOW. Adding your name to the 53 already co-sponsoring the legislation would be a great start.

Upwards of 100+ million Americans now have “bad credit” which is well over 1/3 of the entire U.S. workforce and is quickly approaching almost half the entire workforce (everyone between the ages of 20 and 75). Currently at least 50% of all jobs and 80% of white collar employers discriminate against people for bad personal credit. Even worse, in a horrible economy, the percentage of employers discriminating is increasing at alarming rates. Are we supposed to “eat cake” or improve our credit reports working at McDonalds? Just how bad is life outside of the Washington, D.C. beltway? Here’s a brief Q1 snapshot:

* 379,000 Bankruptcies Filed Q1, 2010, (17 percent increase over Q1, 2009 during a year in a year which they soared upward by 32%)

* 35% Increase in Foreclosures and a 16% Increase in Foreclosure Notices Q1, 2010 (over Q1, 2009) and 1 in every 4 Homes in America are at least 10+ % “underwater.”

It’s no stretch whatsoever to foresee the “bad credit” numbers reaching half the working population of our entire nation. Here’s how: no job = bad credit and bad credit = no job, no changing jobs or no promotion. With the personal debt load at $45 K for every U.S. citizen of all ages, no job options thrust those impacted into a financial death spiral and there is no way to ever pull out of the spin! “We the people” didn’t bring about this horrible economy, Wall Street and Congress are responsible, but we’re the ones paying the price as Wall Street gets billions in bonuses and we lost the right to work . . . the most basic of all human rights. If the economy suddenly rebounded and 8 million new jobs were created tomorrow . . . it simply would not help the millions and millions of Americans who are credit dead and suffering this horrible form of workplace discrimination. A law and only a law can save them . . . there simply is no other solution. To use a hiring and firing criteria with ZERO merit whatsoever is insane, inhuman and cruel beyond belief.

Unlike the $1 trillion stimulus plan and current jobs initiatives being discussed, this legislation is absolutely free to the U.S. taxpayer and doesn’t add one penny to the Federal deficit. What’s wrong with a FREE jobs solution from Washington? In survey after survey up to 90 percent of the American people approve of the legislation but the hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate and credit bureau PAC money are thwarting the overwhelming will of the people. Do you believe it is fair for 100+ million Americans to be tossed into a catch 22 scenario where bad credit = no job and no job = bad credit with no possible way out? How can any human condone such horrible workplace discrimination?

So the question is whether you will follow the will of the people or the money from the corporations? I’m working to get the word out in November on where you stand and I’ll be doing the same in 2012. This issue will not go away and simply will get worse even if a million jobs are added to the economy tomorrow. Stand with the people or stand with the corporations . . . the decision and the consequences are all yours.

[End Sample Message]


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