December 2012

Philadelphians Go To D.C. To Rally Against Cuts To Vital Services

On Tuesday, December 18, protestors from across country gathered in Washington D.C. to rally against cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education, welfare and other vital social services. Hundreds of people marched from Peace Circle to the Capitol for a rally calling on Congress to make the richest Americans pay their share, to pass middle class tax cuts, and to preserve funding for important programs. In the face of the “fiscal cliff” (tax increases and budget cuts) coming in the new year, the President and Congress have been negotiating on different tax changes and cuts to various programs. We went to DC to urge them not to cut the important services that Americans rely on every day.

Peppi Davidson, a long time Fight for Philly member, explained she was going to Washington D.C. “to remind the politicians that they are there because we put them there.” “We have voted. We have tried to let them know in every way what we want; they don’t seem to be hearing it, so we are taking the message to them.”

Protestors then marched to congressional office buildings, where they delivered coal to House Speaker John Boehner before splitting into groups singing carols with lyrics targeting Republicans and their leadership. The protestors sang songs like “Working Folks are Coming to Town” (To the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”) and “Deck the Halls with Income Equality” (To the tune of “Deck the Halls”) in the offices of Republicans Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy.

Capitol police kept carolers from several offices, including ejecting them from Speaker Boehner’s office immediately.  “I’ve never heard of such a thing in American life,” said Marvin Robinson, one of the protesters, after being kept from a congressional office. He said that the building was a public office open to all Americans.

Our elected officials from both parties need to listen to the will of the voters and focus on rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts. Americans have said loudly and clearly that they will forcefully oppose any budget deal that puts working families and the economic recovery in jeopardy.

Check out some press coverage here, here, and here.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the day here!

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Philadelphians to Descend on Capitol Hill to Call for Rich to Pay Fair Share, Protest Cuts to Medicare, Vital Services

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 17, 2012

Contact: Jesse Kudler 617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Umang Patel 267-254-7968, umang@fightforphilly.org

 

***ADVISORY FOR Monday, Dec. 17, 2012***

Over 250 Protesters from Philadelphia to Descend on Capitol Hill to Call for Rich to Pay Fair Share, Protest Cuts to Medicare, Vital Services

Voters to deliver lumps of coal to Speaker Boehner, call for solution that prevents cuts, raises tax rates on wealthiest earners

As Republicans continue to oppose raising tax rates on the richest 2% as part of the solution to the fiscal showdown, over 1,000 protesters from across the country will spend Tuesday, December 18th on Capitol Hill, staging dramatic actions to call on Congress to reject cuts to programs like Medicare and Medicaid and instead make the rich pay their fair share of taxes.   Over 250 protesters will travel from the Philadelphia region, including those receiving Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

Protesters will leave in buses from the Fight for Philly offices at 7:30am.  Brief interviews and various visuals will be available.

WHO: Voters, including seniors, students, and activists.

WHAT: Protest and march to the U.S. House of Representatives to deliver coal stockings to Speaker Boehner, leaving from Philadelphia at 7:30am.

WHEN: 7:30am, December 18th, 2012.

WHERE: Fight for Philly, 846 N. Broad St.

VISUALS: Protesters from Philadelphia, buses, signs.

Members of Congress are being urged to grow—not slow—the economy by investing in good jobs, education and infrastructure and making the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Voters are concerned about possible cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, child care, special education and other services, and are making the case that the best way to reduce the deficit is to make the rich pay their fair share, put people back to work and get our economy going again.

 

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Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

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Philadelphians Urge PA Senators Not To Be Grinches This Holiday

On Monday, Fight for Philly, partner organizations, and community activists gathered at the Municipal Services Building at 14th and JFK for a festive rally for jobs, not cuts. This past election, Americans voted for job creation, not cuts to vital services such as Medicaid, Medicare, and education.  Fed-up protestors spoke passionately about the importance of Senator Bob Casey making the right decision and saying no any deal in Congress that would hurt the 99%.

Retired city worker Robert Choice told the crowd, “I worked for almost 40 years. I’m entitled to what I paid into. Without Medicaid or Medicare, I wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for my prescriptions.” He went to say, “I am here today to tell Senator Toomey and Senator Casey that we need jobs, not cuts to Medicaid and Medicare!”

Close to 200 hundred activists rallied and sang carols like “No More Cuts!” (to the tune of “Jingle Bells”) and “Tax the Rich” (to the tune of “Let It Snow”) while holding signs reading “No More Tax Cuts For The Rich” and “Don’t Cut Our Medicare Benefits”.  Activists also signed holiday cards asking Senator Casey and Senator Toomey to make the season joyful for families on Medicaid and Medicare.

After the rally, activists marched to the offices of Senators Toomey and Casey to deliver some holiday cards.  Watch the below video to see what happened in the lobby of Sen. Casey’s office before a representative came down and accepted the holiday cards. He also thanked everyone for their support of the Senator.

See full lyrics from all our wonderful holiday carols here. Thanks to our friends at Philadelphia MoveOn Council for writing these!

We need to let our elected officials know who got them re-elected and that they need to heed our will! Can you take a minute now to call Senator Casey’s office and let him know not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other social services? Call (866) 802-2833 and press option 1 to leave a message. Don’t forgot to leave your name and zip code.

See the rest of the photos from day the here!  Here’s a video from our friends at PhillyCAM:

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Budgets cuts will hurt the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians

Can you call Senator Casey today and tell him not to support cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital services?  Call (866) 802-2833 and press 1 to leave a message saying you support these crucial government programs.   Leave your NAME and ZIP CODE so they know you are a real constituent.

Over the next month, Congress will be facing a set of choices that could either put people in Pennsylvania back to work or worsen our economic crisis.  When Americans voted this past election, they voted for job creation; they also voted against cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.   We’re demanding Congress and the President not make any deals that hurt working Pennsylvanians and working Americans.

Scheduled across-the-board budget cuts, known as the sequester, will take effect next year unless Congress acts.  These cuts will make the struggling economic picture even worse.  If Congress makes the wrong decisions, Pennsylvanians will see cuts to vital services and jobs.  If Congress does make a deal to avoid the sequester, we want to make sure it doesn’t cut Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital services.  If Congress needs to save money, it can ask the rich to pay their fair share.

In the current negotiations, Congress can either focus on the deficit as the number one problem, or get to work on the issues voters told us they care about: rebuilding a vibrant middle class, creating more good jobs and ensuring our policies reflect the core American value that we are all in this together.

As a result of the sequester, 689 Head Start workers in Pennsylvania stand to lose their jobs due to cuts in funding; 594 education jobs will be lost as a result of cuts to Title I Grants, and 408 Special Education jobs will not be supported by federal funding.

The sequester will also reduce vital public services.  As a result of the sequester, 3305 fewer children in Pennsylvania will be served by Head Start, 4522 fewer children will receive Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) services, and 750 fewer Pennsylvania veterans will be served due to cuts to Veterans Employment and Training.

But proposals to replace the sequester with significant cuts to other core programs, like Medicaid and Medicare, will also cost jobs and threaten vital services.  If federal Medicaid funding to states were cut by 5%, Pennsylvania would lose an estimated $1,505,722,000 in potential business activity.  These cuts would result in 12,230 job losses in Pennsylvania alone.  Cuts to Medicaid would limit access to healthcare for people in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, 2,215,700 people were enrolled in Medicaid in June 2011.  Because more than 95% of Medicaid costs are used toward health benefits, even minor cuts to Medicaid would result in loss of benefits, services, and access for the most vulnerable populations, especially in a time when more people are accessing Medicaid.

But ending tax breaks for those making more than $250,000 would affect only 1.8% of people in Pennsylvania.

The best way to rebuild the middle class, protect jobs, and reduce the deficit is to put people back to work. That’s why we are calling on national leaders from both parties to stand up for the middle class and demand that any budget agreement:

  • Protects middle class tax cuts now and asks all Americans to pay their fair share
  • Puts job creation first
  • Protects Medicare and Medicaid
  • Ends the across-the-board cuts to vital services

We got our elected officials in office and they need to listen to the will of the people and focus on rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts. We will forcefully oppose any budget deal that puts working families and the economic recovery in jeopardy.

Can you call Senator Casey today and tell him not to support cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and other vital services?  Call (866) 802-2833 and press 1 to leave a message saying you support these crucial government programs.   Leave your NAME and ZIP CODE so they know you are a real constituent.

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