A group of Portland citizens attempted to visit Senator Smith's office today to present him with an award, but were at first rebuffed by his staff and by World Trade Center security. Though they eventually spoke with two of the Senator's aides, and were able to deliver the mock award, it was clear that Smith's office is not open to citizen commentary except under its own, very restrictive terms, and those of the World Trade Center building's private security. |
The citizens' concern was the current battle in the U.S. Senate between two competing mininum wage hike bills, one sponsored by the Republicans, one by the Democrats. The delegation was led by ACORN, and included representation from Jobs with Justice, SEIU Locals 49 and 503, and Justice for Janitors.