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PA Woman Says '99 Percenters' Shared One Voice in Capitol Protest

December 12, 2011

HARRISBURG, Penn. - Just back from a four-day, "Take Back the Capitol" rally in Washington, D.C., a Pennsylvania woman says the message being delivered by thousands like herself to lawmakers was clear and consistent. Ginger Primus, Homestead, says that message revolves around the need for jobs and economic policies that don't line the pockets of the rich at the expense of the other 99 percent.

"We're dealing with the economy and the state that it's in, and we're coming together to make things happen before it gets in a worse situation."

Primus disagrees with those who say unemployment benefits are becoming too costly to taxpayers.

"You're talking about cutting unemployment, and you know people don't have jobs now. I don't know what's going to happen."

Primus is confident that positive change can take place. She says she saw evidence of it at the rally, which attracted people from all over the country. That many voices can't be ignored forever by lawmakers, Primus says.

"I don't believe it's gonna fade away. We made our statement, and we're getting our point across. It's on them to make it happen, and I believe it's gonna happen soon."

Primus lost her factory job six months ago when the place was shuttered. She's now taking computer classes as she looks for new employment. She says a career change may be the logical next step, since jobs like the one she had are disappearing and are not likely to return.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA