Today, hundreds of Philadelphians gathered in solidarity to bury the Romney/Ryan economic agenda. As Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, protestors held a Mardi Gras style funeral procession through the streets of Philly to bury his economic agenda. Activists waved signs and held up make-shift tombstones that read “RIP Romney’s Attack On The 99%” and “We don’t want a Romney Economy!” Activists also handed out “Romney Bucks”, which had the Republican nominee’s face printed on the front and his key economic points – like offshoring jobs, tax cuts for the rich, and privatizing services – printed on the back.
The rally kicked off at 5th and Market with a few words from Mike Stuart, a local minimum wage worker who traveled to Tampa to speak out for the 99% outside the RNC. “I can’t tell you how great it is to see so many people together in our fight for a better economy. “ Mike said. “We need to let America know that Romney’s economic plans are no good for us!” A crowd close to 300 cheered and danced from 5th and Market to Romney’s headquarters on 4th and South. Once the rally reached Romney’s office, the sea of the protestors were re-energized after seeing a banner dropped from the side of Romney’s office building. The banner read “The Romney/Romney Economy – Bad For Philly.” Community activists then spoke about the negative outcomes the Romney Economy would have on their lives.
“The 99% work hard enough already, why should our money go to give the 1% a $250,000 tax break? We are the ones that need a big tax break.” Said Verell Rhyne, a security officer and 32 BJ Member.
Mitt Romney’s economic plan would add more burdens to middle class Americans, while providing advantages for the 1% .. His plan would also call for slashes to public services, which our most vulnerable families rely on, and he would offshore thousands of American jobs.
“Romney and Ryan want to tell me because I’m under 55, I have to go into a medical voucher program? And raise taxes on my meager pension and Social Security benefits? That I’m a drain on the economy? Well I say,’ I think Not!,’ said Peppi Davidson, a retired city worker. “You take that deal overseas, where your current fortune is and the drain you helped create resides. I deserve what I paid into and what was promised to me.”