March 16, 2011 | Rally March 16, 2011
Governor Snyder, once elected, yanked off his nice-guy mask to reveal that he is in fact a multi-millionaire hell-bent on destroying our state and turning it over to his buddies from Wall Street.
In just 8 short weeks he has:
* Gotten the House and Senate to pass bills giving him "Emergency Management" powers such as the ability to appoint a corporation or a CEO who could literally dissolve town governments or school boards, fire the elected officials, nullify any local law and run your local governmental entity. That company then would have the power to immediately declare all collective bargaining contracts null and void.
* Proposed giving business a whopping 86% tax cut while raising everyone's personal taxes by 31%! And much of that tax hike he believes should be shouldered by -- I kid you not -- senior citizens and the poor! He says these two groups have not been "sharing the sacrifice" the rest of us have been burdened with. So his budget proposes a $1.8 billion tax CUT for business and a $1.75 billion tax INCREASE for the rest of us, much of it from the poor, seniors and working people -- even though the top 1% in Michigan ALREADY pay a lower state tax rate than everyone else does!
* Together with the legislature, introduced over 40 anti-labor bills in just the first two months of this session! They have wasted no time and have caught most people off guard. Much of this is being rushed through right now before you have a chance to raise your voice in objection.
These actions are breathtaking when you realize they will drive our already battered state straight into the ground. What we needed right now was an inspiring leader to help us reinvent Michigan and to find creative ways to create new jobs and lift us out of our economic depression. The rest of the country may call what they're experiencing the "Great Recession," but few argue that Michigan is suffering a "one-state Depression."
Please show up at noon on Wednesday for our first mega-rally against this insanity. Hundreds of groups are already organizing car pools and buses. You can right now just declare yourself an organizer and get your friends and neighbors committed to being in Lansing. If ever there were a day to call in sick, Wednesday is it (because this IS sick). Students, if ever there were a day to cut class and become a participant in your democracy, Wednesday is it. This event needs to be HUGE -- and I believe it will be if you will simply be there and take a stand.
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Rally - March 15, 2011
[From Robert Borosage & Roger Hickey -Campaign for America's Future]
"Over the weekend, people power exploded in Madison, Wisconsin, with 100,000 taking to the streets to oppose the Governor's attacks on unions and handouts to corporations.
To support them, and to oppose similar conservative attacks across the country, we're joining MoveOn and a broad coalition of progressive organizations to launch a huge "Defend the Dream" day of action on Tuesday.
At state capitols, parks, schools, libraries, and other public institutions that face huge funding cuts in the U.S. House Republican budget, we'll gather to hear from people who will be most affected, like teachers and firefighters, and show our solidarity against these devastating cuts and attacks on workers' rights.
Republicans in Idaho and have already voted for similar anti-worker bills like the one in . And nationally, the Republican budget would gut health care, environmental protections, housing assistance, food aid, and more.
This goes far beyond Wisconsin. This is a direct assault on every Main Street in the country. We need to rally across America to Defend The Dream.
We need to take our cues from the brave people in Madison and stand up Tuesday to say "No More!" Join us."
[FROM Robert L. Borosage & Roger Hickey, Co-directors
Campaign for America's Future]
Time For The People To Tell The Story [VIDEO] | OurFuture.org by Robert Borosage, March 15, 2011