DALLAS -- Activists joined the national effort for "First Friday Vigils" on behalf the unemployed on May 6, the day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new unemployment data. The Dallas office of BLS is in the A. Maceo Smith Federal Building, Griffin & Young in the downtown area. They leafleted Department of Labor employees, including those from BLS, and others as they took their lunch break. The headline news that day had been "Economy Keeps Adding Jobs!" but the figures on the activists' leaflets put the truth in perspective. They said:
"And still, nothing is being done!
From BLS 5/6/11
And still, nothing is being done! In fact, the Texas Legislature may well deliberately cause 330,000 more layoffs."
Six leafleters took part. Most of them came from the main federal building, 3 blocks away, where the Dallas Peace Center had sponsored a prayer vigil. To the people who stopped to listen, they explained that a mass movement is necessary if any resolution of the jobs crisis is possible. They explained the relationship between rising productivity, outsourcing of jobs, increasing part-time and temporary work, depression of everybody's wages and benefits, and slow economic growth to the jobs crisis.