LOS ANGELES, California May 14, 2014 - In a novel response to House Speaker John Boehner’s continued refusal to allow the Senate passed federal unemployment extension benefits bill from going to a vote in the House, one long-term unemployed Culver City resident put her creativity to work, hoping to get back on her feet and keep a roof over her head. Astonished at the callousness John Boehner was happy to dole out to millions of long-suffering unemployed going into a fifth month with no unemployment benefits, Shireen Daytona was inspired to create the newly launched game, Pin the Tail on Boehner, a new take on the much-loved game Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
With a caricature of John Boehner’s face serving as the face of the donkey standing on a map of the U.S., the artwork is loaded with symbolism and humor belying the serious message beneath. The twelve tails and the blindfold included in each game are all random fabrics representing symbolically the fabric of America.
Along with the political and personal message in the “About” page on her website, Shireen Daytona hopes to generate income through the sale of this game started on a shoestring with her 2013 state tax refund. Ms. Daytona further hopes that her activism will be the catalyst for long overdue change towards the passing of the stalled legislation in Congress to retroactively implement the federal unemployment extension benefits which expired on December 28, 2013.
Shireen is calling on the House Republicans to rally in support of the long-term unemployed and sign the discharge petition to bypass John Boehner and progress this bill to a vote in the House. To-date all the House Democrats have signed the discharge petition leaving the need for 25 House Republicans to sign it in order to reach the majority of 218 signatures required by law. The House has until the end of May 2014 to pass this much needed bill.
Ms. Daytona is appealing to the public to support her new business venture to help turn her life around and hopes that with July 4th just around the corner, many will join her in having Pin the Tail on Boehner parties. The Pin the Tail on Boehner game may be purchased through the website www.pinthetail.us.
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