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Concerned Citizens Of Cleveland Converge Over Concerns Of Health Care


CLEVELAND, OHIO — On Thursday May 30th, concerned citizens, faith leaders, and union activists of SEIU District 1199 joined with Policy Matters Ohio, Common Good Ohio, and State Representative Mike Foley for a town hall forum on the state of healthcare in the greater Cleveland area.

A panel led by Nick Gurich, Organizing Director of SEIU District 1199, discussed the mounting problems of the healthcare industry, including the growing number of uninsured patients, the inability to address the concerns of healthcare workers and the fact that big healthcare systems are not doing enough to support the communities in which they do business.

One of the main topics of discussion was the need to expand Medicaid in Ohio. Pam Rosato of Policy Matters Ohio explained the economic impact of expansion, urging community members to rally support from their legislators. State Representative Foley echoed the need to expand Medicaid, pointing out that healthy workers are productive and engaged, building into our local economies and helping them thrive.

Frank Hornick, Ohio Healthcare Director of SEIU District 1199, and Pastor Aaron Phillips of Common Good Ohio reviewed the lack of community support from area hospitals in terms of contributing to the local tax base.

Pastor Phillips introduced attendees to the Cleveland PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) program.  This innovative program creates an avenue for non-profits who don’t have to pay property taxes to voluntarily contribute to the needs of their communities. In Boston, over $35 million was raised through their PILOT program.

The meeting concluded with a call to action, urging attendees to get organized, to help support Medicaid Expansion and to urge hospitals to act responsibly.

For photos of the event click here.




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Justice for Murray Miners

If you or someone you know was forced by Murray Energy to attend a political rally in support of Mitt Romney – we want to hear from you.

If you were forced to work without pay,
you may be entitled to compensation.

Call Today: 1-866-923-7921

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Ohioans Rally Against Romney/Ryan Economic Agenda


Cleveland, Ohio – Hundreds of Ohio’s workers and supporters of the 99% gathered in solidarity outside the Cuyahoga County Republicans headquarters today for to rally against the economic agenda of Romney, Ryan and John Kasich. Leaders from labor and allied groups including Samara Knight of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, Harriet Applegate of the Northshore AFL-CIO, Dawn Ring of Move-On and Debbie Silverstein of SPAN Ohio spoke passionately about what a Romney/Ryan economic agenda means for Ohio and the nation.

Ohio’s workers know that they cannot afford to see continuous cuts to vital programs and services that keep the middle-class strong. They understand that education and healthcare are both at risk and could very well be on the chopping block if a Romney/Ryan agenda is enacted.

The 99% will not stand by as the 1% profits from tax loopholes for big corporations. They will not stand by as Medicare ends as we know it and instead is replaced with an expensive voucher system. Ohioans know that a Romney/ Ryan agenda will be balanced on the backs of an already struggling middle-class.

Cleveland was joined today by other cities as workers and supporters of the 99% gathered in solidarity across the nation.

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August 30: Say No to Romney Economics

Come join in a protest of the 1% economic policies of Mitt Romney and Gov. John Kasich — who cater to the richest 1% at the expense of the rest of us.  As Romney gets nominated with the support of Gov. John Kasich and other Republicans, he’ll get rejected by thousands of 99% voters here in Cleveland and in cities nationwide.

You can download the leaflet here: Say No to a Romney Economy Leaflet

Thursday, August 30th @ 4:00PM
Cuyahoga County Republican Headquarters
1500 West 3rd Street, Cleveland, Ohio


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Romney rally in Dover draws backers, protesters

As the two women rode up in the Romney for President campaign bus at 1:30 p.m., they were greeted by 17 people from places, such as Canton and Dover, who were loudly chanting anti-Romney slogans and carrying anti-Romney signs. One protester wore a pig costume.

Republicans at the event, armed with Romney campaign signs, streamed out of the building at 203 S. Wooster Ave. and stood in silence in front of the protesters, holding their signs in the air and blocking the demonstrators’ view of the two women.

The demonstrators arrived on the scene at about 1 p.m. and soon began chanting slogans such as “We are the 99 percent” and “We don’t need a Bain economy,” a reference to Romney’s time running Bain Capital, a private equity company.

Among them was Dean Brown of Canton, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1982.

He said the coming election would be a contest between the “haves and the have-nots.”

Why was he in Dover Thursday? “I don’t want this country to go back to Reaganomics and a trickle-down economy,” Brown said.

He said he was scared of Romney’s economic policies.

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99% Marches on FirstEnergy

For years FirstEnergy hasn’t paid their fair share of taxes, earned massive profits while using dirty coal facilities.  To protest a system that is rigged against the customer, the Fight for a Fair Economy and the Sierra Club united against this greedy corporation at their annual shareholder meeting on May 15, at 10am.

Community members and activists wanted to present their theory of change to FirstEnergy executives, so they secured FirstEnergy stock shares to attend the meeting.  However, FirstEnergy executives unceremoniously left the meeting without speaking to their constituents. “Their abrupt departure leaves us to assume they are either do not know enough about their company to answer basic questions or they are afraid to acknowledge the truth to their shareholders” said Kate Patt.  “Either way, the company embarrassed themselves in front of their shareholders and the media.”

While FirstEnergy refused to answer to their consumers, this new coalition of community, faith and labor groups brought attention to the economic and environmental injustice and raised the voice of the 99%. They now know that the community will not allow them to put profits over people.

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Ohioans Rally for Tax Fairness

People from around Ohio rallied on Tuesday to oppose cuts to federal programs and promote fair taxation.

“We are protesting today to shine a light on the giant corporations that pay little or no taxes, the rich individuals who pay a lower tax rate than secretaries and teachers, and the politicians who are letting them get away with it by catering to the interests of the top 1%,” says Teresa Law, an activist at a Cincinnati rally.

According to Citizens for Tax Justice, the U.S. has one of the lowest corporate income taxes of any developed country.  Still, legislators like Rob Portman are in favor of reducing the corporate tax rate.

While wealthy Americans are paying taxes at one of the lowest rates in 50 years, communities are facing cuts to essential services.  Americans cannot continue to give tax subsidies to billionaires, while telling our seniors to live on less, ignoring dilapidated infrastructure, and cutting education.

Rallies were held in Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, and Youngstown.The 99% are uniting to demand the 1% pay their fair share in taxes, for an economy and a nation that works for everyone, not just the richest 1%.

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Help Stop Tax Dodgers – Call in Monday

Millionaire Mitt Romney paid a tax rate of only 13.9% in 2010–lower than many secretaries, nurses and firefighters. We need Congress to pass The Paying a Fair Share Act (aka the Buffett Rule), which stops millionaires from paying lower tax rates than working people.

Call your members of Congress at 866-816-5668 and tell them to support H.R. 3909 and S.2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act, and make millionaires pay their fair share.

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Should Millionaires Pay a Lower Tax Rate than the Middle Class?

The Buffett Rule, named after American investor Warren Buffett, would implement a higher tax rate for taxpayers in the highest income bracket.

When elected officials vote against the Buffett Rule, they are agreeing that billionaires and millionaires should pay a lower tax percentage than working, middle class families.

The Buffett Rule, named after American investor Warren Buffett and supported by President Obama, would ensure people earning more than a million dollars a year on investments will pay at least the same tax rate as middle class Americans.

Buffett, a billionaire member of the nation’s wealthiest 1%, believes it is fundamentally wrong that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary.

During a 1985 speech in Atlanta Georgia, President Ronald Reagan expressed that he believed wealthy Americans should pay their fair share.

If a conservative like Ronald Reagan agreed with the Buffett Rule, why are our elected officials dragging their feet? It is time to tell your representative to support the Buffett Rule!

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The Ryan Budget and The Buffett Rule

Once again, legislators are looking to slash a number of public services essential to many Americans in order to fix the federal budget.

Under a budget proposed by House Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan, Medicaid will be cut by more than $800 billion over the next decade. The cuts proposed in the Ryan Budget would put the coverage and benefits of million nursing home residents and 3 million elderly and disabled people who remain independent in their homes at risk.

Additionally, the Ryan Budget includes $133.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next decade, which could require ending assistance for million of low-income families.

While Ryan and some members of Congress are pushing for drastic cuts in programs, others are pushing for tax fairness.

President Obama is calling on the nation’s wealthiest people to pay at least a 30 percent tax rate. The Buffett Rule, named after American investor Warren Buffett, would implement a higher tax rate for taxpayers in the highest income bracket.

According to Citizens for Tax Justice, the Buffett Rule would raise $50 Billion in one year and only affect the richest 0.08 percent of taxpayers.

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