End too big to jail To support the efforts of organizers and homeowners we made march signs like tents and flags in addition to printed material and banners. We also made props such as a small float that resembled the facade of a foreclosed home.
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About 60 New Yorkers from across the city traveled to the “forgotten borough” to join Staten Islanders in delivering a strong message to its Congressional Representative Michael Grimm: in order to fund the recovery and rebuilding of Staten Island and the rest of New York impacted by Hurricane Sandy, end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
The group traveled on the Staten Island Ferry – dubbing it “The People’s Yacht” – to call on the Congressman to stand up for his constituents, not cut taxes for the wealthy.
“Now is the time to rebuild Staten Island and the rest of the city, and invest in infrastructure that will protect us from future natural disasters. We cannot afford to give tax breaks to millionaires while thousands of New Yorkers are still displaced from their homes.” said Olivia Leirer, Communications Director for New York Communities for Change.
“Congressman Grimm needs to stand up for his constituents and do the right thing- vote to protect the middle class and end the Bush tax cuts for the 2% in order to fund the recovery of Staten Island and NY.” said Teri Caliari, Staten Island for Change.
"Tax cuts for the wealthy have not spurred the economy. I wish they had. Tax cuts for the non-wealthy are vital to the well-being of society. President Bush put an expiration date on his tax cuts. President Obama gave them an extension. Let the cuts expire for the wealthiest people, but keep them for the non-wealthy." said Lawrence B. Benenson, NY-Patriotic Millionaire and Partner at Benenson Capital.
video summary FEMA is still working hard to help get relief for storm victims in the Northeast — not a small task considering the size and scope of that natural disaster. To help fill in the gap, volunteers from a movement called Occupy Sandy are trying to reach residents in need who live in New York City’s boroughs. Ray Suarez reports.
Occupy Wall Street off shoot Strike Debt begins the Rolling Jubilee—The People’s Bailout Telethon!
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THE PEOPLE’S BAILOUT will feature music, comedy, education, magic, and the unexpected. Special guests include Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Climbing Poetree, the Invisible Army of Defaulters, Holistic, Kool A.D. and Dapwell of Das Racist, The Music Tapes, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, and many more.