December 6, 2019

Grass Roots Organizing protests ‘Fix the Debt’ campaign outside Emerson Library

(Left to right) Mary Hussmann, Jeannie Coley and Jim Sahaida of Grass Roots Organizing holds signs in front of the Emerson Library during a protest in opposition of 'Fix the Debt' national campaign. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESSJeff Frui of Columbia, Mo. holds a sign which states, "Hands off social security and medicare" on Edgar Road on May 1. Frui and other members of Grass Roots Organizing protested the Holden Public Forum Event inside the Emerson Library. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

Jeff Frui of Columbia, Mo. holds a sign which states, "Hands off social security and medicare" on Edgar Road on May 1. Frui and other members of Grass Roots Organizing protested the Holden Public Forum Event inside the Emerson Library. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

Several cars honked as they drove past Grass Roots Organizing (GRO) protestors rallying in front of the Webster University Emerson Library. The GRO, according to leadershipforchange.org, is a group working with “low-income residents of rural central Missouri to tackle social and economic problems.”

GSO protested an event going on inside the library on May 1.

The Holden Public Policy Forum held an event on “Fix the Debt.” The Fix the debt campaign, according the organization’s website, is a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. Former Missouri governor Bob Holden said the forum’s purpose is to start the conversation on what national action should be taken to put the U.S. back on a sound fiscal footing. Tennessee governor Phillip Bredesen is steering the Fix the Debt campaign and joined Holden to act as the key note speaker.

Executive Director of GRO Robin Acree said GSO has followed Fix the Debt for some time and doesn’t agree with both Holden and Bredesen about Fix the Debt.

“(GSO is) trying to draw attention to the fact that this group is nothing but a front group gearing to the mind of voters,” Acree said. “We do not have a debt crisis we have a revenue crisis and a lot of the CEOs on this committee are the biggest tax invaders in this country and if they pay their fair share we wouldn’t have to cut anything especially social security or
our Medicare.”

Holden created the Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster. The forum brings together politicians and other leaders to discuss public policy in a bipartisan setting. Holden is also the co-chair of the Fix the Debt
committee.

“We have to be fiscally sound in what we are doing,” Holden said. “We need to bring everyone together and figure out what we are going to do as a nation to address these issues. We can’t shout at each other and find a solution.”

Grass Roots Organizing members protest the 'Fix the Debt' campaign outside of the Emerson Library on May 1. PHOTO BY BRITTANY RUESS

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