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Virginia Organizing Rallies People to Engage with Congress

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A grassroots political group wants its voice to be heard loud and clear from Charlottesville all the way up to Capitol Hill.

The Charlottesville chapter of Virginia Organizing rallied on the downtown mall Tuesday with a simple message: It wants people to know how important it is to engage with Congress if they want to see a change.

Virginia Organizing wants to make sure people are aware of what is at stake during the lame duck session of Congress. Tuesday's discussion topics ranged from ending tax breaks for the wealthy to protecting social safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The group says it wants to speak up for those who may not be able to do it themselves.

"We work hard at trying to preserve the rights of people that have low income and people that don't normally have a voice," said David Redding, a member of Virginia Organizing. "Virginia Organizing gathers up people and tries to make sure that the administration does not forget low-income people, does not walk over them."

The group also touched on reaching out to Congress to pass a new job creation bill. The speakers included an unemployed group member who spoke on the importance of creating jobs.

The Head Start director for the Monticello Area Community Action Agency, Terry David, also spoke out about contacting Congress to avoid possible budget cuts to early education programs.

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