Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18.
Watch video of the rally below.
Lay the blame for the manufactured crisis at the feet of those responsible: Wall Street Speculators, Gov. Rick Snyder, and Kevyn Orr
Join Registered Nurses as they declare 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 will march and rally to condemn this most basic violation of human rights. Gov. Snyder is allowing the tragedy to continue with an endgame of privatizing the public water department — the latest in a string of gifts to Wall Street. The historic transfer of public wealth to private hands overseen by Snyder has cost the public jobs, pensions, vital public safety services, and our civic jewels. Now they have come for our water.
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 will highlight 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!
MARCH AND RALLY IN DETROIT ON FRIDAY, JULY 18.
12:30 pm ASSEMBLE Outside Cobo Conv. Center Southwest corner of Washington Blvd. and W. Congress St.
1:00 pm MARCH Begins
1:45 pm RALLY Hart Plaza 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit
Join a growing number of local, national, and international organizations:
National Nurses United, Michigan Nurses Association, Netroots Nation, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW), UAW Local 600, AFSCME Council 25, CWA Local 4004, Unifor, Utility Workers Union of America, Ontario Nurses Association, Health GAP, National Election Integrity Coalition, MoveOn Civic Action, National Action Network-Michigan, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Democracy for America, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Food and Water Watch, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM), We the People of Detroit, Food Justice PMA, People's Water Board, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee, Detroit Active and Retired Employees, Free Detroit No Consent, Detroit Public Schools Education Task Force, Detroit Water Brigade, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Coalition of Labor Union Women - Metro Detroit, Franciscan Action Network, Progressive Democrats of America, National People’s Action, Vocal-NY, We Are Woman, Color of Change, Winship Community Association (Detroit), Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA), Michigan United, Popular Resistance, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Alliance for Democracy/Defending Water Campaign, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Northside P.O.W.E.R, ERA Action, Progressive Congress, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI-CATS), Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (D-CATS), Detroit Green Party, System Change Not Climate Change, Detroit People's Platform, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom USA/Earth Democracy, Home Defenders League, Communities Without Borders International, Right to the City Alliance Americans for Democratic Action, Hip Hop Caucus, Michigan Sierra Club
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JOIN THE MOVEMENT BY VOLUNTEERING. There are a variety of exciting opportunities available.
Join with other supporters in your area to work on LOCAL ROBIN HOOD TAX CAMPAIGNS.
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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