2 Dozen Protest Federal Shutdown Outside CDC

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — About two dozen people protested outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday afternoon, trying to cast a harsh spotlight on the temporary federal shutdown.

The half-hour protest was led by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a Chicago-based civil rights advocacy organization founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Jackson wasn’t at the demonstration.

The small group called on Congress to vote on a measure that would restart federal funding. The protesters said closing the government deprives many millions of Americans needed government services, especially the elderly, the poor and children.

This was the first of what may be several Rainbow PUSH Coalition protests of the shutdown, although none others are currently scheduled, said Janice Mathis, an Atlanta attorney who is a national vice president of the organization.

The organizers chose the CDC because of its reputation as a valued scientific agency that investigates disease outbreaks and…

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