Members of the "Most Wanted" motorcycle club started a ride across the 25th Congressional District in Irondequoit this past Saturday morning.
Members of the "Most Wanted" motorcycle club rode across New York's 25th Congressional district, from Irondequoit to Syracuse, this past Saturday, Aug. 26, to raise awareness about what they say is a “jobs deficit” in the U.S. The group said the deficit is especially evident among people of color who disproportionately suffer from chronic unemployment.
Their message? To urge Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, R, Syracuse, to act.
The group was sent off by over 50 people in Irondequoit as they began their “Ride for Jobs,” and were welcomed to Syracuse by a crowd of almost 50 people.
Riders said they are upset that Buerkle’s ideology has led her to vote “to end Medicare as we know it,” and to demand significant, across-the-board cuts during budget negotiations.
"This week, our club lost a member — a dear friend — to violence," said one rider, who goes by the name Cholliboy, in Irondequoit. "We came out today to honor him and because of the importance of our message. Poverty and joblessness are leading causes of violence. We call on Congresswoman Buerkle to stop voting to cut the programs that keep people out of poverty and to start making laws in Washington that create good jobs for our community."
Nervous about the threat facing programs like Social Security and Medicare, bikers urged Buerkle to raise taxes on the wealthy before cutting programs the middle class relies on.
"Hard-working people planned their whole lives for retirement, a retirement supported by programs they paid for their whole careers," said Patricia Mannix in Syracuse. "I would invite Ms. Buerkle to explain to me how cutting these people's pre-paid benefits can even be discussed while millionaires and billionaires pay taxes at a lower rate than the folks who mow their lawns."