The Tax Day Rally that was scheduled for tomorrow (April 16) at the Tip O’Neill Federal Building has been cancelled because of today’s bombings in Boston. Our hearts go out to those who were injured or lost their lives in that terrible event, and to their friends, families and loved ones.
********************************************************************************** We’re paying our taxes! Why are vital services being cut? Why is the President proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare?Budget cutters in Washington have already slashed Meals on Wheels, Head Start, Housing, Education, Fuel Assistance, Unemployment, Health Programs, AIDS Housing, and family violence prevention. Now the President wants to cut even more vital programs. But there is an alternative.
1. End Corporate Tax Breaks!Very high income people and giant corporations get hundreds of billions of dollars a year in tax breaks through loopholes and offshore tax shelters. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon are key members of Fix the Debt, a corporate group pushing for big cuts in critical public programs and even lower corporate taxes.
2. Redirect Pentagon Spending to Jobs and Vital programs for People!The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. Much of it funds destructive wars like Iraq, wasteful weapons systems like the F-35, and keeping us in Afghanistan for years to come.
Join us on Tax Day, to say: Stop the Cuts! Rally & March 11:00 am Tuesday April 16 Tip O’Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street (Map) DSA Members gather at 10:30 at the Dunkin Donuts across the street corner of Lancaster St.Boston DSA is a member of the Budget for All coalition. Budget for All! 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 www.budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169
Talking Union. Originally posted April 7,2012. Some 800 immigrants and their supporters rallied at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall on April 6 to demand comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship. The lively and boisterous rally was organized primarily by SEIU and allied community organizations including Jobs with Justice , MassUniting and MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition). SEIU Local 615 President Rocio Saenz, herself an immigrant from Mexico and a veteran of SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaigns, led the rally. She spoke eloquently of the integral connection of immigrant rights with union rights and human rights. She also introduced supportive speakers Sen. Elizabeth Warren and new Mass. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Perhaps the most moving speakers were four immigrants of varying ages and countries of origin, one of them herself an Executive Board member of Local 615. who had suffered lengthy separations from their families and loved ones because of arbitrary regulations governing immigration. No immigration reform issue appeared more important and pressing than easing family reunification. The population of Massachusetts includes about 320,000 residents with green cards, and another estimated 180,000 without legal permission. ICE raids remain a constant threat in many Mass. workplaces, as evidenced by raids such as one in New Bedford. The JFK Federal Building that looms over Fanueil Hall has been the locus of many court-ordered deportations of hard-working residents and family members whose only “crime” was overstaying visas or entering without papers. From the rally everyone took to the streets to march to the Federal Building to lay carnations as symbols of determination to win immigration reform this time. Since the Federal Building was only a block away, we took an hour’s long detour assisted by a marching band through downtown historic and shopping districts to get there. For this day at least, the onlookers were friendly, the police cooperative and amicable. The atmosphere was hopeful and festive. with numerous chants of Si se puede! The time has come to reclaim the best American tradition of openness to and inclusion of immigrants.By Paul Garver. Reblogged from