Stephanie Freed and Grant McDonald aren’t lobbyists, but they’re orchestrating a sophisticated campaign pressuring senators to save the federal unemployment benefits that are expiring next month. 

When those benefits lapse on Dec. 26, neither will have any income. 

The two New Yorkers lost their jobs in the theater industry in March. With the pandemic raging worse than ever and Broadway shut down for many more months, they don’t know how soon they’ll be able to work again. 

“I can’t afford my apartment anymore and I will likely be moving to my parents’ house, in my 30s, which is a weird mental space to be in,” Freed said. 

“I’d lose my apartment come January and will not

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