For Immediate Release Press Advisory: Religious and Civic Leaders to Hold Civil Disobedience in Capitol today to Protest Immoral Budget Cuts

Posted on July 28, 2011

Common Cause President, Reverend Bob Edgar to Lead Effort

Expected to Result in arrests in US Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON, DC - Common Cause President Bob Edgar will lead a coalition of religious and civic leaders Thursday in an act of disobedience at the US Capitol. Participants expect to be arrested as they call on Congress to reach a budget agreement that protects ordinary Americans.

WHEN: Thursday, 11:30 am, press availability at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave., NE, Washington DC. Edgar and other leaders will walk across the street to US Capitol around 11:50 to make their way to Rotunda, where they will offer prayers and arrests are expected to occur.

WHERE: US Capitol Rotunda

WHY: As Congress struggles with the budget debate, to urge Members to side with the public interest and stand up for our neediest citizens by assuring that corporations and billionaires pay their fair share in taxes.

WHO: Edgar, Rev. Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church's General Board of Church and Society (GBCS); Rabbi Arthur Waskow, founder and director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia; Rev. Jennifer Butler, executive director of Faith and Public Life; the Rev. Paul Sherry, director of public policy for Interfaith Worker Justice; Martin Shupack, director of advocacy, Church World Service; Sandy Sorensen, director, Washington Office, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries; Jordan Blevins, director of Peace Witness Ministries, Church of the Brethren; Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: A Fair Economy

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