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Des Moines Mobilizes for the Unemployed

On a cold and blustery December afternoon recently, about two dozen Iowans gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Des Moines as part of a National Day of Mobilization for the Unemployed. According to organizer Mark Cooper, President of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, "Jobless union members, veterans, students and millions of others are struggling to make ends meet while many politicians merely support the wealthiest one percent."

New Hampshire Public Radio: An Unemployment Carol

Christmas songs and an interpretation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ could be heard at the statehouse today in Concord.

NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reports the holiday cheer was laced with a political message.

“Deck the halls with fairer taxes, fa la la la la la la la la. Put away the budget axes, fa la la la la la la la la.”

Union members, social justice groups and unemployed workers held a more creative kind of political rally in Concord. The author of the skit, AFSC's Arnie Alpert, weighs in.

Charleston Gazette:Thousands of West Virginians face benefits cutoff

CHARLESTON, W. VA -

Nearly 11,000 West Virginia workers will lose their unemployment benefits before Christmas unless Congress passes legislation to extend them.

Nationally, more than 2 million Americans could lose unemployment benefits, which began to run out on Wednesday, this month.

Charleston WV Gazette Op-Ed: Helping unemployed helps everyone

When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.

West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.

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