National Week of Action to tell Congress
WE NEED JOBS NOT CUTS
Hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid!
Saturday, November 19
Westlake Park (401 Pine Street)
At a time of record unemployment and poverty, the politicians in Washington D.C. are threatening historic cuts to the country's social safety net. By November 23, a bipartisan Congressional “Super Committee” will decide the fate of trillions in funding for extremely popular federal programs that seniors, the sick, the poor, students, workers, middle-class people, women, and others depend on. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education funding, and other social services are being targeted.
The politicians say the government of the richest country in the world is broke. But for decades these same politicians have bailed out banks, slashed taxes for corporations and millionaires, and wasted trillions on wars for oil profits.
It was these policies that led to massive government debts. We did not create this crisis, but they want us to pay for it. They want to gut our programs to pay for an economic crisis Wall Street created.
These same politicians and their Wall Street masters are now calling for “shared sacrifice,” but they have already bled us dry. Wages have been held down for decades, benefits have been slashed, jobs have been sent overseas, and millions of homeowners have been ripped off. More Americans are living in poverty today than ever before. And they want us to pay for their crisis!
We cannot afford any of the proposed cuts to education and the social safety net. We need to build massive protests in the streets to make our voices heard. One of the two co-chairs of the Super Committee is Washington State Senator Patty Murray. By organizing major protests throughout this state, we have a rare opportunity to attract media attention and have an impact on this national debate. Join the National Week of Action November 16 – 23 to demand the following from the Congressional Super Committee:
*Hands off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid! No cuts to education and social services!
*We need jobs, not cuts! Fund a federal public works program to create millions of jobs for the unemployed.
*Make big business pay! For major tax hikes on the super-rich and corporations!
*End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! Slash Pentagon spending!
To endorse the Jobs not Cuts week of action, contact Philip: (206) 854-2501 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial endorsers include Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter), Cindy Sheehan (leading antiwar activist), Matt Gonzalez (Former President San Francisco Board of Supervisors), Jill Stein (Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party), Farheen Hakeem (National Co-chair of the Green Party of the United States), Gloria Mattera (Chair, Green Party of Brooklyn), Stephen Edwards (President, AFSCME Local 2858, Chicago, IL), Dan La Botz (teacher, writer, activist), Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party, Socialist Alternative, Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights