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Harrison Man Joins '99 Percent' in Jobs Rally

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Anthony Marella of Harrison said he was compelled to attend a political rally for the first time Thursday by what he views as greed from the “1 percent” of Americans fueling the top ranks of large corporations and financial firms.

“The 1 percent want to take away everything he did for this country," said Marella, referring to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "They want us to work for five cents an hour, seven days a week. That’s the jobs they offer us. This organization organized this to remind Nita Lowey who she works for. We need jobs and we’re the 99 percent of America. We’re the majority.”

Marella held a sign reading "We are the 99 percent" at a rally outside Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s White Plains office Thursday. He joined other unemployed adults, laid off teachers, recent college graduates grappling with student loans, and nearly 60 others gathered on Mamaroneck Avenue in support of economic reform first espoused by the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The “Jobs Not Cuts” rally , organized by MoveOn.org, urged Lowey (D-NY) to support President Barack Obama’s job act when it is presented at the U.S. House of Representatives next week.

Teal Martz, 23, a part-time nanny living with her parents in Larchmont, told the crowd the government should be doing more to help her and her fellow graduates, some of whom are enrolling in a community college course so they’re eligible for unpaid internships they hope will turn into a job.

“I’m lucky; I only have $30,000 in debt," Martz said. "What I face and what my peers face is an economy that’s terrible and an increasing unemployment boom for youth. I have until Nov. 11 to find a job before I have to default on loans.”

Marjorie Morales, a New Rochelle organizer with MoveOn.org, said the big push behind the rally was supporting “economic justice” as outlined in the national political advocacy group's “Contract for the American Dream.”

Patricia Keegan, Lowey’s district director, said the congresswoman supported “99 percent” of the suggestions in the “Contract for the American Dream,” but had a policy against signing such documents.

Lowey, in a statement released from her office, said she plans to vote for Obama’s job act.

“It is time for the House Republican majority to stop the political games and focus on what matters to the American people -- creating good-paying jobs,” Lowey said in a news release. “The growing wage gap is dangerous for our overall economy and threatens the well-being of the middle class.”

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