US Nationwide Rallies Planned For Saturday Feb 26th

In response to ultra-conservative tactics for greater sacrifice by the vast majority of Americans, two major progressive organizations have plans for massive rallies this Saturday.  An Emergency 50-State Mobilization to Save the American Dream is planned for every state capitol to protest union busting tactics in Wisconsin and across the country.  USuncut is also staging demonstrations at various corporations that are dodging paying taxes in the face of severe austerity measures being asked of regular people.

The protests in Madison, Wisconsin have been going for 10 days straight with a 24 hour presence, and crowds reaching at least 70,000 people at one time.  These are a reaction to a draconian bill that the Republicans are attempting to force through the legislature that will not only slash promised benefits to public employees, but effectively smash their union.  This is part of a concerted effort orchestrated by corporate front groups including the billionaire Koch Brothers AFP that they pray will extend to many states, and destroy the last stronghold of organized labor in America.

The Republicorp strategy appears to be backfiring so far, as the protests are spreading to other states.  The Service Employees International Union listed 30 events that have taken place in the last 4 days, including places like Montana, Arizona, and Arkansas.

To demonstrate nationwide support for the working men and women of Wisconsin, Moveon.org is putting it’s extensive field organization into play by helping to organize the Emergency 50-State Mobilization to Save the American Dream.  From their call to action:

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich, and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response and vital human services. The right to organize is on the chopping block. The American Dream is slipping out of reach for more and more Americans, and we have to fight back.

We call for emergency rallies in front of every statehouse this Saturday at noon to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. Demand an end to the attacks on workers’ rights and public services across the country. Demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

We are all Wisconsin.

We are all Americans.

USuncut Rallies planned for Saturday

In addition to these, USuncut is having it’s First Day Of Action, also on Saturday, February 26th to protest the banks and corporations getting rewarded while ordinary people are expected to sacrifice even more.  Over 60 demonstrations are currently being planned, with more being added every day.  From their page:

US Uncut is about taking action against unnecessary and unfair cuts to public services across the US. Washington’s proposed budget for the coming year sends a clear message: The wrath of budget cuts will fall upon the shoulders of hard-working Americans.

Obama seeks to trim $1.1 trillion from the budget in the next ten years by cutting or eliminating over 200 federal programs, many dedicated to social services and education. For instance, it cuts in half funding to subsidize heating for low-income Americans; limits an expansion of the Pell grant program for students; and decreases Environmental Protection Agency funding by over 12%.

Meanwhile, Republicans are using their new House majority to slash spending even more brutally. The GOP has made it clear that they are bent on raiding funds for Social Security, Medicare, education; determined to kill health care reform; and gut needed investments in infrastructure, climate change and job creation, at a time when America needs it most.

The common theme of this revolt is the same: poor and middle class Americans being told to work longer, harder, and faster for less pay, less benefits, and less job security.  Things are already pretty dire for the American worker, who gets on average one half to one quarter the vacation days per year of other developed nations, with none legally guaranteed.  50 million Americans have no health insurance, and those that do are often severely underinsured.  Wages have been stagnant for the most of the country since 1979.

The richest 400 people in America now have wealth that is equal to the poorest entire half of the nation combined (155 million people).  If you are a big banker or on Wall St., the recession is over.  If you are poor or in the middle class, you are fighting to buy food and to keep your home and still very much in the grip of the Great Recession.

It is no wonder the people are rising up in protest.

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17 Responses to US Nationwide Rallies Planned For Saturday Feb 26th

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1shenoyjoseph
    February 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

    they must live happy life with their family

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1BangoZango
    February 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    OK, I never thought about it like that before!

    http://www.privacy-resources.at.tc

  3. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steven MacQueeny
    February 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I’m a former Wisconsin Public School Teacher and I say firer them all and the Democrat cowards too!

    • +2 Vote -1 Vote +1nb
      February 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      a little bitter, are we?

  4. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Mark @ Electronic Cigarettes Inc.
    February 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Pretty amazing to see all of these people around the world taking a stand and fighting for what they believe in.

  5. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Stew S
    February 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    How will taking money from the people via property taxes and other taxes, to pay for teachers, fix income inequality in America. Some teachers (not all) are WAY over paid. We need to take control of those “public servants”

    • Ole Ole Olson
      +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      February 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      The whole premise that teachers are overpaid is a huge red herring propagated by the ones that really have their hand in your wallet: the rich and their multinational corporations. While they have some people transfixed on public sector unions, they are getting ever greater tax cuts and more lax regulations. Profits are near record highs for those on top (wall st., bankers, CEOs, etc.), but everyone else is expected to sacrifice more and more.

      Don’t fall for this distraction technique. The ones ultimately to blame for this economic hardship are the ones at the top (like the 400 richest Americans who have more wealth than half the country, which is 155 million of us). That is where you need to direct your attention.

    • +4 Vote -1 Vote +1evelyn k
      February 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

      would you have this attitude if it was YOUR JOB and livelyhood at risK???

  6. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Kim the cat
    February 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Never had the opportunity to join a union….we were voted down. However, I am behind y’all. IF there is anything in the Charlotte, NC -Columbia SC area, I would like to know.

  7. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Charle
    February 25, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I await the time when the signs these protestors are carrying wind up on the Internet, and are attributed to the Tea Party.

  8. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Eric
    February 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

    A social safety net does not imply pro-authoritarian. People have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  9. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nicole
    February 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

    ah blah :P for the foul breath of d-prattriots and
    similarly stinking digg-abuser bastards (as here
    represented by their 2ndLtParrot) it’s even violent
    rhetorics if you ask them to hold 3 daisies without
    making more than one wither miserably in the end.

  10. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Stephanie
    February 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

    No Republican deserves my civility .. none.. They are evil sick people …every single one of them.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1repulican
      February 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      your gonna love communism Stephanie

  11. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Mark E
    February 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Hey all you people who think the middle class is at fault for this crisis

    “Why is a 3% tax increase on the richest Americans considered “socialism” but a 14% pay cut on the middle class is “doing your part?”

    Raise the tax rate on the top 2% and the budget shortfall doesn’t exist. THIS is the issue EVERYONE should be talking about. the 400 wealthiest Americans have income equivalent to the lower 155 MILLION americans? This is not Free America, this is FEUDAL american… and THEY Love it that way.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Thea
      February 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      The Wall Street Sales Tax the Key to Labor Victory
      There is: it is the financial transactions of banks, hedge funds, and brokerages, in the form of derivatives, foreign exchange, stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments which are universally exempted in this country from the state sales taxes which everyone else pays when they purchase the necessities and amenities of daily life, from consumer electronics to a car or a pair of shoes. A 1% tax on all financial transactions, which is well within the power of the state of Wisconsin to impose, would provide hundreds of millions or billions of dollars of new revenue and remove any pretext for the current assault on state workers. Right now, we repeat, bankers and hedge fund operators pay absolutely no tax on their daily turnover of trading volume, which can easily reach into trillions of dollars, even in a state like Wisconsin. They need to start paying a Wall Street Sales Tax.

      Excerpt From: tarpley,net

      • Vote -1 Vote +1Thea
        February 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        Cont. from tarpley.net
        Simply put, if the Wisconsin cops, firemen, teachers and other state workers forcefully demand the Wall Street sales tax as an indispensable reform, they can win. Without the Wall Street sales tax, they are very likely to be defeated. If you tell a reactionary that state workers should not have their wages and benefits reduced, the reactionary is likely to ask where the money should come from. The Wall Street Sales Tax is the one answer which puts the reactionary on the defensive, and forces him to defend the most hated group in American society today – the Wall Street zombie bankers who have shown no gratitude for the bipartisan $4 TRILLION bailout they received from the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve.