Organizing for Action will be holding a protest outside of House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office Tuesday calling on Congress to end the partial government shutdown.
The Ohio chapter of the group will lead a rally starting at 4:30 p.m. at 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. OFA is the group established initially to help re-elect President Barack Obama and now describes itself as an issues-driven social welfare organization.
In a news release announcing the event, the group said hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers and other economic impacts should force Congress to act.
“These families have bills to pay and mouths to feed,” the group said. “It’s not right that some members of Congress are putting their own political agenda before the American people.”
More than two dozen people gathered Friday outside Congressman John Boehner’s (R-OH) West Chester office to push for immigration reform.
Supporters called on the House Speaker to consider an immigration reform bill passed in May by the U.S. Senate. Among other items, the bill’s provisions include a path to citizenship for America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“This is a human rights issue,” said Mary Jean Pierson, president of the Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati.
“It’s an issue of conscience,” she said. “We feel that each person has worth and dignity and the current system is denying people of their worth and dignity.”
The rally is one of several this summer staged in West Chester by area groups, including the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Organizing for Action, an advocacy group devoted to pushing President Barack Obama’s agenda.
Supporters of immigration reform rally in front of Congressman John Boehner’s West Chester office on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. The Enquirer/Rachel Richardson
Boehner has said he has no intention of taking up the Senate-passed immigration bill and that the House intends to pursue its own “common-sense, step-by-step” approach to immigration reform.
Dominick Lijou, a West Chester pastor and volunteer with Organizing for Action, which sponsored Friday’s rally, said his group has delivered petitions with hundreds of signatures in support of the Senate bill to Boehner but has received no response from the Republican congressman.
“He has been very coy about his position and we would love to hear what his position is,” said Lijoi. “My question to him is, ‘Do you support removing 11 million people who are undocumented? Is that your solution?’”
Rick Marra, of West Chester, said he hoped the continued demonstrations shows Boehner that voters in his district support comprehensive immigration reform.
“They’re pressing problems. They’re immediate. We have a good plan coming from the Senate. It’s not perfect, but the foundation is there and we need to move ahead,” he said. “We just can’t keep kicking a can down the road.”
Supporters of immigration reform rally outside the West Chester office of House Speaker John Boehner’s office on Aug. 5, 2013. Provided
Backers of immigration reform say they plan to rally outside House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office Friday.
The 1 p.m. event is being organized in support of an immigration reform bill passed in May by the U.S. Senate. The bill, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, drew bipartisan support in the Senate, but faces a tougher fight in the Republican-controlled House.
Boehner has said he has no intention of taking up the Senate legislation and that the House intends to pursue its own “common-sense, step-by-step” approach to immigration reform.
Several representatives from the faith community and immigrants will speak at Friday’s event, which is sponsored by Organizing for Action, an advocacy group devoted to pushing President Barack Obama’s agenda.
Boehner’s office is at 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. For event information, go to www.barackobama.com.
Approximately a hundred protesters showed up at House Speaker John Boehner’s West Chester office Tuesday. The crowd, which reportedly got rowdy, was there in protest of rising unemployment and lack of job creation in Boehner’s district.
“He has never represented this district in the 20 years he has been office,” said protester Holly Denlinger, who drove down from Piqua.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, protesters wanted to send two protesters inside to speak to staff, but staffers locked the doors and would not let anyone in. The Enquirer is also reporting that one protester kicked the door several times.
West Chester police officers were in attendance throughout the protest, which lasted from 11 a.m. to noon. No one was arrested.
After the protest, Miami University graduate Dan Woolf of Columbus led a group of 25 protesters to The Country Club at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Boehner was at the country club at a fundraising golf outing.
“We want to ask him, why he is not here,” Woolf said.
Local unemployed workers will be joined by hundreds of members from local labor unions, progressive organizations, social justice group, and local activists on Tuesday to protest Speaker Boehner for “putting politics in Washington ahead of job creation in his district.”
Speakers will address John Boehner’s focus on Washington politics rather than the rising unemployment in his district. Unemployed individuals from Speaker Boehner’s district will be speaking and demanding a meeting with Speaker Boehner to discuss the unemployment issue.
The local television station did not provide a time for the protest.
Two weeks ago, local tea party members gathered at the shopping center across the street from the Speaker’s local office in a rally in support of Boehner’s stance on the nation’s debt crisis.