Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Used with permission from http://usunemployed.blogspot.com/

With so many of us unemployed, I wanted to share this with permission from the owner of the blog entitled US Unemployed.

Please use any way you know how or use the links below to send the message. WE ARE MAIN STREET and we're NOT putting up with anymore. We NEED Tier 5 and perhaps more!

There is also a link on my blog for finding out who your US Senators and Congress people are. USE IT! CALL them, each and every one! Make YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Now, if we can send a fax. We can surely send out an email. It only takes a few minutes to type an email out and if there is a message pre-prepared it can only take seconds. We are also going to need help from other sources. We need the help from the media outlets such as WorldNewsVine, Gather, MLive.com, and the Examiner to help spread awareness to this cause. We also need to spread this cause by comment forums that already exist. Everyone who is unemployed who wants to participate in this campaign needs to have access to this opportunity to send a Media S.O.S.

Here is a sample message you are more than welcome to copy/paste (or write your own):
(If in some boxes the message may be too long to fit. If so, simply edit it however you wish. Just make sure you include the dire need for Tier 5 Unemployment - If I had only three words I could say as an SOS it would be "Tier 5 Unemployment").

This message is a Media S.O.S from the long term unemployed - Main Street needs a bailout and the long-term unemployed need your help. For too long the issue of high unemployment has plagued this country. We, the unemployed, have lost our jobs due to no fault of our own and still cannot find work and we need your help due to lack of jobs. We need a Tier 5 Unemployment Extension from the United States Federal Government and we need your journalism and coverage of this issue to urge members of Congress to muster the "political will" for action. As you know, there are many districts, counties, and states with double-digit unemployment numbers and Congress has neglected those who have exhausted the maximum amount of 99 weeks. There are not enough jobs for every unemployed American and millions have lost their safety net and millions more will lose this vital assistance in months to come if action is not taken. Your media coverage of this issue should be simple. All you need to do is Google "Tier 5 Unemployment". You will see the efforts of those advocating for a Tier 5. You will see other news sources such as WorldNewsVine, Gather, Examiner, DailyKos, HuffingtonPost, The LA Times and many others who have already reported on the need for a Tier 5 Unemployment Extension. However, you will not find your report. We are asking you to take up this cause and educate your viewers to this problem and please understand that the unemployed are without a safety net and there are not enough jobs for every American and Congress is not taking action. Neither Democrat, nor Republican members of Congress are willing to help the millions without hope. Will you help tell the story to larger audiences of Americans who may not be aware that we are at or below poverty and Congress is not taking action? Millions of Americans are depending on the staff of your network to do the right thing and cover the need for this unemployment extension. The extension for filing weeks recently done by Congress does nothing for the longest-term unemployed who are in dire straits right now and are being ignored. Please help by reporting on this issue. Not reporting or under-reporting on this issue does not cure the problem. It only seems to make the issue fester.

There is no need to sign your message. Most mainstream sources use a comment box for your Name and E-Mail. Nothing else is required but a few seconds of your busy day. Please visit the contacts below and write your own message or just copy and paste the message above. Do it for yourself, your friend, your neighbor, or anyone you know who is unemployed. Do it for your country. If the jobs do not exist then the unemployed deserve attention from the United States Government. The power of the mainstream press has always informed the American audience and the long term unemployed who have exhausted benefits are just as important of a story as any other story on mainstream news today. Mainstream media needs to be covering this story.

Target Contact ABC'S "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos: http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3428174 (This is a very quick and easy form to fill out, please send it off).

Target Contact CBS News' "Face The Nation": http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr (Another easy form to fill out, very simple. From the drop-down menu choose the option for "Face The Nation" (just for the sake of having a dramatic impact on one mailbox). If you want to target more shows, go for it. Just have your copy/paste ready and it should be a breeze to do.

Target Contact NBC - MSNBC "Meet The Press": http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/ (Once again, another form that has a drop-down to choose "Meet The Press". We want to flood one particular source. If you want to send the same message to other sources, by all means. It would not hurt one thing.

Target Contact FOX News Sunday: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77538,00.html (Yes, I know. However, one cannot look at their ratings and not declare them as mainstream. Additionally, one of their frequent guests, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) declared in March that long-term unemployment extensions were going to be extended to 103 weeks and then even further. This link has a list of email addresses. Email Fox News Sunday at: fns@foxnews.com. Just another quick copy/paste job.

Target Contact CNN: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/newstips.html (The form found at CNN.com is just a plain "Contact Us" Form. It will get to the right people if they want to do a story on it. CNN also has a Sunday political show called State of the Union with Candy Crowley. The person(s) who sort these emails will redirect them to the appropriate department.)


  1. I am so impressed, you are so organized and clear in your mission and communications here. It is very clear you are more than deserving of compensation for your worth. Praying for you and all of our unemployed friends. They deserve better! They deserve a future! We all do!


  2. Scott,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate your stand and support for those of us who are unemployed.