By MOLLY DAVIS Staff Writer
Posted: 08/11/2011 04:20:41 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Asking for things like “jobs, not cuts,” a group of about 20 protesters gathered outside of Congressman Jerry Lewis’ Redlands office Wednesday.

Members of the local organization held signs and a small rally to inform others about their concerns, listed in an “American Dream” contract, at the corner of San Mateo Street and Brookside Avenue.

Zoe Lane, the council coordinator for, said that more than 125,000 members of the organization from across the country came up with 10 issues for the congressman to review.

“These are real issues that need to be addressed,” Lane said, mentioning jobs, education and infrastructure as major problems in the nation.

“We need jobs, not more cuts,” she continued. “This area used to thrive. Now we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.”

She and other protesters chanted “jobs not cuts” while holding up signs with messages like “To the tea party: teachers and firefighters aren’t scary communists.”

People from around the community and neighboring towns gathered to get their points across, like Sharon Geiser of Beaumont.

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