From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/19/paul-ryan-protesters-police_n_931508.html
By Arthur Delaney
Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office, according to the protesters and police.
Two protesters told HuffPost they’re unhappy with Ryan’s proposals to gut social programs and also his new policy of not holding free public meetings with constituents during the congressional recess.
During the summer of 2009, Ryan hosted some 17 town halls. Admission to Ryan’s one town-hall style event in his district this summer will cost $15, according to the Whitnall Park Rotary Club, which is hosting the Milwaukee-area event on Sept. 6.
“People don’t realize that they have every right to stand up and talk to their congressman,” Shanon Molina, 31, told HuffPost on Friday.
Molina, who lives in Kenosha with her daughter, said she lost her full-time job as an office administrator in 2009. For 18 months she received unemployment benefits and picked up a few shifts as a waitress and bartender. In January, she landed a new job as an office administrator, but at half the hours and half the pay of the previous job, which she said she’d had for 10 years.
“I have a child to support, I have a house to keep up,” Molina said. “I didn’t choose to be in this situation. I’m in an emergency here.”
The unemployment rate is 10 percent, unchanged from a year ago, in nearby Racine — the closest city with numbers available.
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