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Tucson volunteers to rally for end to budget cuts

Tucson volunteers to rally for end to budget cuts

CREATED Mar. 23, 2013

Web Producer: Max Efrein

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Organizing for Action volunteers will rally outside of the offices of two major U.S. senators to call for an end to sequestration budget cuts that affect Arizona's senior citizens.

The volunteer group based in Tucson will lead the rally at Sen. John McCain's office and Sen. Jeff Flake's office Monday, March 25, according to Alexandra Pedrini with Organizing for Action.

Pedrini says the budget cuts that went into effect March 1 have eliminated more than four million meals for sick and handicapped seniors and jeopardized military readiness. She also says the cuts have eliminated job-creating investments in education, energy and medical research, and have cut vital services Americans depend on daily.

Several key speakers will join the volunteers and help demonstrate how Arizona seniors are being negatively impacted by the budget cuts. The speakers include Chief Operating Officer for the Pima Council on Aging, Debra Adams, Sean Hammond, program manager and caregiver at United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona, and Director of Services for Pima Council on Aging, Pam Wessel, according to Pedrini.

To prevent a massive wound to our economy, the President has put forth a plan asking the wealthiest to pay a little more instead of forcing seniors and our children to deal with the economic problems we leave behind, Pedrini says. These volunteers want to see an end to Arizona seniors bearing the burden of deficit reduction.

The first rally will take place outside of Senator Flake's Tucson office, located at 3840 Oracle Road, Suite 150, between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday.

A second rally will take place outside of Senator McCain's office, located at 407 W. Congress Street, Suite 103, between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday.