Of this NYTimes piece, the one I didn’t get around to doing myself. Thanks to David McKenna, I don’t have to!
Turns out they’re running shuttle buses, which is great because I couldn’t figure out where to park:
LOCATION: New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Friday, February 25th, 12:00 PM
Map and directions link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=125%20West%20State%20Street,+Trenton,+NJ,+08625&ie=UTF8
If you plan on attending, either you can take the train to Trenton or you can drive and park at Waterfront Park (where the Trenton Thunder play). There will be free shuttles from both Waterfront Park and the train station to the rally site. They will be running from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Try to get to the State House by 11:30 AM.
Let us keep the momentum going! Save the American Dream. Stand up in support of the Wisconsin workers whose collective bargaining rights are under assault!
From David Cay Johnston, one of the few real reporters we have left:
When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees’ fight over collective bargaining.
Economic nonsense is being reported as fact in most of the news reports on the Wisconsin dispute, the product of a breakdown of skepticism among journalists multiplied by their lack of understanding of basic economic principles.
Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans.
Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, created the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not.
Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.
How can that be? Because the “contributions” consist of money that employees chose to take as deferred wages – as pensions when they retire – rather than take immediately in cash. The same is true with the health care plan. If this were not so a serious crime would be taking place, the gift of public funds rather than payment for services.
Thus, state workers are not being asked to simply “contribute more” to Wisconsin’ s retirement system (or as the argument goes, “pay their fair share” of retirement costs as do employees in Wisconsin’ s private sector who still have pensions and health insurance). They are being asked to accept a cut in their salaries so that the state of Wisconsin can use the money to fill the hole left by tax cuts and reduced audits of corporations in Wisconsin.
We are all outlaws in the eyes of America
And the enemy is we.
Across the country, they intend to make working people pay the bills of the rich — and strip you of your rights if they can.
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States.”
– Barack Obama, quoted by Slate, while making a campaign speech in 2007.
I’ve been listening to blog readers say for years, “But what can I do?”
This week, we have plenty. You want rallies? We got rallies. All over America, people will be standing tall in solidarity with the Wisconsin and Ohio public sector strikers this Saturday. MoveOn has called for rallies at 50 statehouses this Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon.
But wait, there’s more! You can also stand up this Saturday to be counted with the workers of the United Kingdom and Europe, who will be demonstrating against their countries’ austerity cuts.
In solidarity with UKUncut, USUncut will be holding rallies this Saturday across the country. (Look for your state here.) They focus on corporations that pay little or no taxes while services for the rest of us are cut (hence the name). Remember, 72% of foreign and 57% of US corporations pay no tax in USA. Join the Facebook group here! Some perspective: If 13 hedge fund managers were taxed like the rest of us, they’d fund 300,000 teachers.
Here are the some of the other rallies I found:
Rally in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin and Ohio
11:30am AND 5pm Thursday, February 24
Municipal Services Building Plaza
15th & JFK Blvd
(across from City Hall and LOVE Park)
Saturday, Feb. 26, noon
US Uncut rally against tax-dodging Comcast at the Comcast Building
17th & Arch Streets
Stand Up For Working People!
Rally at 12 Noon at the Statehouse, 125 West State Street, Trenton NJ
Friday, February 25, 2011
Peaceful Protest of Corporate Tax Dodging
Saturday, February 26 · 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Bank of America
52710 State Road 933
South Bend, IN
Bank of America nabbed $45 billion in government bailout funds while funneling its books into 115 offshore tax havens.
San Francisco, Sat Feb 26th 2011
2/26/2011; 10:30am-12:30pm; Union Square Park (Powell St. b/n Post & Geary), San Francisco
Medford, Oregon, Sat Feb 26th 2011
Bank of America
222 West Main Medford OR
They are open from 9am to 2pm
Please bring signs, try to get peaceful and lawful attention, please don’t block the sidewalk.
Salt Lake City, Sat Mar 5th 2011
Check #usuncut, #ukuncut or #226demo in Twitter for more updates.
I made a video in honor of the USUncut rallies this Saturday. Please spead it around!
Nobody wants to know about your personal journey of growth and pain, Newt. People mostly want to call you out for being (and continuing to be) such a fucking, shameless hypocrite.