November 2011

Take Back The Capitol!

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11/17: 1,000 March with Fight for Philly onto the Market Street Bridge

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Nov. 17, 2011: 1,000 March with Fight for Philly onto the Market Street Bridge

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1,000 March with Fight for Philly to Declare an Economic Emergency for the 99%

Philadelphians from across the city rallied yesterday at City Hall before marching to the Market Street Bridge, calling on Senator Pat Toomey and the rest of Congress to create jobs, stop cuts and Make Wall Street banks pay.

24 activists – many of whom are unemployed – were arrested for refusing to leave the Market Street Bridge.

Take a look at some of the pictures from yesterday:

It shouldn’t have to come to this. Philadelphians are struggling to find work while Senator Toomey and Congress are focused on delivering for the 1% instead of working to create jobs.

“My family, my neighborhood and our entire city are all hurting. We need Senator Toomey and Congress to start working for the 99%, creating jobs and helping rebuild an economy for American families, not just rich Wall Street bankers,” said George Webb, a carpenter and construction worker. “I have been out looking for work for two years, and everyday I’m worried about even keeping a roof over my head. We need Senator Toomey and Congress to create jobs right here on Market Street bridge and across the state.”

The Market Street Bridge, which is in as bad a state of disrepair as the collapsed Minneapolis bridge, is a vivid example of the many roads, schools and other infrastructure sites in need of repair.

In fact, more than a quarter of Philadelphia’s bridges share the same classification from the Federal Highway Administration.

Even if you missed the march, you can still stand with the 99% for jobs. Call Pat Toomey at 215-241-1090. In a few days, the super committee could make budget cuts that are likely to hurt the 99%, while the 1% still won’t pay their fair share.

When you call, tell Toomey to make wealthy corporations and the rich pay their fair share, so our communities can have jobs, not budget cuts.

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VIDEO: Earlier on the Market Street Bridge

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Mr. 1% Talks to Everyday Philadelphians

Last week, presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a $10,000-a-plate dinner, and Mr. 1% was shocked to find that many of the 99% weren’t there.

So he went out to Center City to ask everyday Philadelphians why they missed out.

Amazingly, it turns out that they have a very different vision for America’s priorities.

Take a look:

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Nov. 4, 2011: Fight for Philly Shows How Greed is Good (If You Can Spare $10,000)

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It’s Not Everyday…

…that news helicopters fly overhead as you take direct action.

But that’s exactly what happened last Friday, when we decided to crash at $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. We couldn’t afford to pay $2,500 for a personalized photo with the candidate, so we decided to create our own photo opportunity.

Take a look at all the amazing local news segments! Congrats to all of you—you put some hard work into this event, and it paid off!

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Greed Is Good—If You’re The 1% That Can Spare $10,000

On Friday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the GOP’s frontrunning presidential candidate, surrounded himself with high-dollar donors willing to drop $10,000 to have dinner with the candidate at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Over 150 Philadelphians from Fight for Philly, Occupy Philly, Moveon.org, Keystone Progress, Americans United for Change, and the Philadelphia Unemployment Project gathered outside the hotel to show Philly why the GOP Presidential hopeful is the Poster Boy for Wall Street and the 1%.

Watch the event:

The protest came just hours after Romney laid out his economic plan that does very, very little to help middle-class families and instead gives $6.6 trillion tax cuts for the richest 1% and big corporations.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the nice dinner event that Mitt Romney had for his friends here in Philadelphia,” said Fight for Philly organizer Dave Walensky. “It’s amazing that they’re having a $10,000 a plate dinner tonight when so many people are just trying to find a job. That’s about a third of what the everyday Philly household takes home each year.”

Romney—a Hundred-Millionaire—has also yet to reveal all the tax cuts and loopholes he benefits from by releasing his tax returns so we can see once and for all how he makes his millions and paying a lower tax rate than hardworking middle-class Americans.

So yesterday, waving Fight for Philly banners and mock-campaign signs that read “Greed is Good! Romney-Gekko 2012”, we marched in the street from City Hall, down Walnut Street and all the way to Rittenhouse Square.

Take a look at the pictures:

Our signs featured a recently surfaced photo from Romney’s days as CEO of a financial firm called Bain Capital, where he raked in obscene profits. During his time at Bain, five of the companies under his firm’s direction went bankrupt and thousands of workers were laid off.

Judging by the photo, it was a joke to have to find all the places to stuff the profits that came at the expense of peoples’ jobs.  It’s a disturbing display of greed and excess that would make Gordon Gekko– the fictional uber-wealthy, cut-throat Corporate raider in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street that coined the phrase “Greed is good” – blush.

Thanks to all of you, we’re only getting started. There’s plenty of ways to get involved with our next actions.

We’ll see you out there soon!

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Nov. 2, 2011: The 99% of Philadelphia Tell Senator Toomey: Quit Playing Games!

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