'Funeral for the Middle Class' planned to protest Eric Cantor speech in Ann Arbor
A group of local workers and students is expected to protest a speech by U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, in Ann Arbor on Monday.
In honor of Cantor's Halloween visit to the University of Michigan, numerous groups will be holding a "Funeral for the Middle Class," protesting what they call Cantor’s "radical and destructive votes" on economic and social issues.
The noon protest is expected to include a funeral procession and eulogy given by a Cantor impersonator, according to a press release.
Cantor is expected to speak at 1 p.m. at the Michigan League as part of a lecture series organized by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Monday's protest in Ann Arbor is expected to start at noon outside of the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave.
Local workers and students are planning to urge Cantor to protect all working families, not just “the people at the top.”
Among the groups expected to be present are the University of Michigan Planners Network, Protect Your Care Michigan and Washtenaw Community Action Team.
Organizers cite a new report released by the Congressional Budget Office that shows the nation’s richest citizens almost tripled their incomes between 1979 and 2007 as the inequality of the distribution of wealth expanded.
The report showed the top 1 percent saw their inflation-adjusted earnings increase by 275 percent, while the bottom 20 percent had earnings grow by 18 percent.
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