Archive for November, 2011
In just 16 days, the congressional “Super Committee” could announce a proposal with billions of dollars in job-killing cuts—instead of raising taxes on the 1%.
Washington doesn’t understand—or doesn’t care—that we’re in a state of economic emergency.
The 99% can’t take more of the same from Congress. So we’re organizing a massive day of action on November 17 to draw a line in the sand. We’ll rally at crumbling bridges, understaffed schools, and other sites that show the local symptoms of a failed economy—the very places that can also create millions of new jobs. In all 50 states and in every corner of the country, we’ll demand that Congress stand up for a plan that helps us, not the 1%. The past months have been filled with powerful, creative, and passionate displays of people fighting back against a system rigged against them. But many of our elected officials continue to sit on the sidelines—or worse, to look out only for millionaires and powerful industries. Until we start to see our economy transformed, we’ll keep taking to the streets to amplify our voices.
That’s why we’re working with SEIU, AFL-CIO, Occupy Wall Street, and other groups to organize hundreds of events for our “We Are The 99%” day on November 17. If we organize enough events, tens of thousands of Americans can maximize their voices a week before the Super Committee decision.
“I have great respect for each of you individually, but collectively I’m worried you’re going to fail — fail the country,” former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, a co-chairman of President Obama’s fiscal commission, sternly told the Congressional Super Committee last week. Elite pressure is building on the committee to reach for a “grand bargain” to cut trillions out of the budget deficits over the next 10 years. Last week 100 House members, including 40 Republicans dispatched a letter urging “a big, grand bargain with “all options”–code for tax hikes– “on the table.”
How many more coal ash spills need to happen before Americans are properly protected from this toxic waste?
Just yesterday a retaining bluff collapsed at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin, sending toxic coal ash spewing into Lake Michigan. Coal ash, the waste product of coal-fired power plants, contains elevated levels of arsenic, mercury and lead — and now it’s spilled into the Great Lakes ecosystem! LOOK CLOSELY AT THE TOXIC COAL GOING INTO LAKE MICHIGAN!
This is especially infuriating because it’s happened before. When the coal ash disaster happened in 2008 in Tennesse, we saw that, without strong national protections, the job of protecting people from coal ash is left to state regulators who often lack the will and ability to do so — to devastating result.
Our communities need stronger protections from toxic coal ash. This disastrous lesson is being ignored by extreme members of Congress who look to put coal company profits above the health of our communities. Just two weeks ago, the coal industry successfully lobbied the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill stripping the EPA of the authority to protect Americans from coal ash. The Senate must take this opportunity to do better.