Fight Back! Senator Durbin, Don’t Destroy Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid!

Committee: 

Direct Action

When: 

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Adams and Dearborn - Federal Plaza

Facilitator: 

#OChi, S.O.U.L, Lakeview Action Coalition, Northside P.O.W.E.R, Illinois People Action, and Jane Addams Senior Caucus

As part of the ongoing “fiscal cliff” discussions, Senator Durbin is negotiating behind our backs to gut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid – cuts that could create depression-era conditions for millions of Americans who’ve paid for and earned support from these vital programs.

Come get free soup and bread every day in Federal Plaza from December 3rd - 6th!
Monday, December 3, noon: Soup and Bread line in Federal Plaza
Tuesday, December 4, noon: Soup and Bread line in Federal Plaza
Wednesday, December 5, noon: Soup and Bread line in Federal Plaza
Thursday, December 6, noon: Erect the “Durbinville” shantytown to show the world what these cuts really mean!

Join us on December 6th at noon to tell Senator Durbin that we won't go back! On December 6, we're building a Durbinville Shantytown encampment at the Federal Building to symbolize the dire consequences these cuts could have, and fight to preserve these essential programs. Join us! And bring a tent!

Enough is enough! It's time to stop unnecessary budget cuts and make corporations and the rich pay their fair share!

Demand that Senator Durbin:
Block the "debt ceiling sequester" cuts – say no to austerity!

Reject Simpson-Bowles or any other “Grand Bargain” that attempts to balance the budget on the backs of the poor, working people, the sick or the elderly – protect vital public programs, no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid!

Block the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2% – it’s time for the rich to start paying their fair share!

Support and fight for progressive sources of revenue – impose a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street financial speculation, tax capital gains as normal income and close corporate tax loopholes!

Why are we pushing Senator Durbin, He is usually on our side?
It is true that Senator Durbin is often and ally, but not this time. he was one of the "Gang of Six" that promoted a Simpson-Bowles style "grand bargain". And even now, he's in the media and back-room meetings promoting a deal that includes these cuts.
 
Our coalition has met with Durbin twice in 2012 (once in May and once in August) to urge him to oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs. Both times, he has refused! A group of 29 U.S. Senators has also called on Senator Durbin not to cut those programs. He still has not signed their pledge.
 
 
Media contacts:
kristi@iiron.org mobile773-456-4024
Cindy Bush 773-2622297 ext 22, cindy@ajustharvest.org
 

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