This week’s media-relations props go out to LaDona King, founder —and de facto leader—of the 99ers, a swelling national grass-roots movement to aid the millions of jobless Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out.
In a Christian Science Monitor report titled “When Unemployment Extensions End, a Movement Rises: The 99ers,” the paper writes of our Jobless Talk host:
“Out of full-time work since 2006, LaDona King says she’s nearly penniless, having used up her retirement savings, exhausted unemployment benefits, and tapped relatives for as much help as possible. Before long, she may have to move in with one of her two sisters.
“But Ms. King, of Escondido, Calif., is far from giving up. Even as she spends 40 to 55 hours a week looking for work, she’s founded…the so-called 99ers.
“Named for the maximum number of weeks the jobless can now collect unemployment insurance (UI), these long-term jobless are clamoring for faster job creation and extended jobless benefits.”
CSM also quotes LaDona (aka Paladinette) as saying—vis-à-vis her efforts lobbying Congress to pass legislation extending unemployment benefits—”I am back to having a happy persona.
“Even though I’m scared to death, I am able to keep a joyous attitude, and through contact with others in my position, I can keep a perspective on how blessed I am.”
Click here to read the full Christian Science Monitor report on LaDona King and the 99ers.
Click here to hear sample LaDona’s BlogTalkRadio show, Jobless Talk.
Click here to check out LaDona’s website, Jobless Unite Tier 5 to Survive!!!