Today, Flashmobs4jobs.org organized an 11:30 a.m. flash mob at the New York Federal Reserve, 33 Liberty Street in Manhattan, in support of the unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits. They are often called 99ers, because 99 weeks is the maximum length of time that unemployment insurance can be paid, although not all the jobless are eligible for the full 99 weeks of benefits.
Attendees wore dark clothes and carried bread to evoke the food lines of the 1930s Great Depression.
Christine Williams, currently employed as a transit worker, showed up to support extension of unemployment benefits on behalf of her friends who have lost their jobs. Pending transit layoffs have made her fearful that she will lose her job in the near future.