Chicagoans and residents from across the state are set to take part in a national day of action this afternoon, calling on legislators to preserve Medicare, Medicaid and social services as they continue fiscal cliff talks.
"This afternoon, fed-up constituents saying they just voted for jobs, not cuts to vital services, will gather in front of Citigroup Center – home to one of Senator Dick Durbin’s three largest corporate donors" to hold a rally and march and ask the legislator to commit to preserving critical safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid as well as education and child services, according to a press release from Stand Up! Chicago. The rally is one of a number of demonstrations taking place across the nation today calling on legislators to make the same commitment to keeping social services intact.
Last week, protesters put up a shanty town at Chicago's Federal Plaza named Durbinville, demanding that the senator reject any fiscal cliff solution that involves cuts to social services.
Today's rally is set for 4 p.m.