Tompkins County residents will rally on The Commons today at noon in front of Center Ithaca to voice their opposition to federal budget cuts in hopes of gaining the support of Maurice Hinchey and Richard Hanna, local congressmen.
Nick Sledziona, a local activist and member of MoveOn.org, the organization hosting the rally, said the group wants to address the $60 billion Congressional budget cuts to military projects, foreign aid and domestic healthcare, education and science programs, which passed in the House of Representatives Friday.
“We need to let our representatives know we don’t want any cuts to education or social services.”
Freshman Mimi Niggel, who is going to the rally, said she is looking forward to participating.
“If these protests don’t reach his ears, then he will not know about his constituent’s opposition to the cuts and cannot act on their behalf,” Niggel said.