April 8th Day of Action
April of this year marks 47 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered while conducting a national campaign against economic inequality. Since then, the gap between the top one percent wealthiest and the rest of Americans has widened. On April 8, 2015, Robin Hood tax supporters will be holding vigils at congressional offices across the country to demand that Congress pass the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street — the only real cure to the illness of rampant economic inequality. Please join us!
Events are taking place in: California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Texas
Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street!
Registered Nurses declared a public health and humanitarian emergency related to the massive and unprecedented water shutoff occurring in Detroit. Nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmentalists, Netroots Nation opinion leaders and many others marched and rallied to condemn this most basic violation of human rights. 300,000 people are slated for water shutoff. Thousands are already suffering with turned off taps. No water for cooking, drinking, bathing, nor essential sanitation and human waste disposal. RNs highlighted the massive health risks associated with lack of water. In addition, the banks are tearing families apart. Children are being forcibly taken from parents whose water is turned off. Many of those parents owe as little as $150 on water bills.
It is well established that banks created the financial collapse in Detroit through tactics ranging from predatory lending to the manipulation of “interest rate swap” markets. Detroit’s “bad bets” were engineered by Wall Street and have cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars in dubious payouts to the banks – including a recent $85 million payment to two banks – BofA and UBS – that are heavily implicated in the financial ruin of Detroit. That $85 million dollars flushed down Wall Street’s toilet is roughly the same amount that water customers owe in back payments. Let’s tax Wall Street, get our money back and turn on the water!
Let’s Tax Wall Street, Get Our Money Back, and Turn on the Water!
Robin was at congressional offices across the country on April 4!
April 4, 2014 marked 46 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was assissinated while conducting a national campaign against economic inequality. In the nearly half a century that has passed, the gap between the top 1% wealthiest and the rest of Americans has only widened.
On April 4th, RNs and our allies held vigils at congressional offices across the country to demand that congress pass the Robin Hood Tax – the only real cure to the illness of rampant economic inequality.
H.R. 1579, the Inclusive Prosperity Act sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison, contains a tiny tax on Wall Street’s speculative trades, which would raise up to $350 billion dollars a year to fund permanent living wage jobs rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, creating a green energy manufacturing boom, providing quality education for all of our children, greatly expanding mass transit, guaranteed healthcare for all and in serving many other human and environmental needs. The Robin Hood Tax would also provide Americans with retirement and housing security. All of that would go a long way toward healing our nation’s obscene wealth and income inequality while honoring the struggle that Dr. King gave his life for.
HR 1579 author Rep. Keith Ellison, a leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, will be joined at the press event by Rev. Rodney Sadler, a leader of the Moral Monday movement that has rocked North Carolina and other Southern cities, and Bill Lucy, president emeritus of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists who was with Dr. King in Memphis in April, 1968.
The March Progressive Round Table will focus on the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) budget and the Robin Hood Tax campaign. Please join Progressive Democrats of America and many others Wednesday March 19th from 1 to 3pm ET.
S17 Global Day of Action with Robin in NYC