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Chicagoans to Erect Tent City Against "Fiscal Cliff" Austerity Negotiations #durbinville

Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 30, 2012, 1:53 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: chicago, austerity, fiscal cliff


In what might well become a model for popular resistance to the 1%'s "Fiscal Cliff" austerity negotiations happening now in Washington D.C., activists in Chicago are planning a shantytown encampment of Federal Plaza -- a tangible portent of exactly where austerity is taking us. The "Fiscal Cliff" is a manufactured crisis to promote a "grand bargain" of austerity measures to maintain the rich and attack the poor; we demand an end to a world governed by the interests of the 1%, Wall Street, and the corporations!

More information on the Occupy Chicago GA-approved action from the event's facebook page:

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.

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!

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!

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!



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[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 11 years ago

This is great.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago
[-] 3 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 11 years ago

Now your taking guys!

Senator Bernie Sanders: The People Have Spoken!

As I'm sure you are aware, there is currently a major effort being waged by Wall Street CEOs, Republicans and [some] Democrats to do deficit reduction on the backs of the middle class and working families.

This could mean, among other things, significant cuts to vital programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

President Obama and the Democrats won a decisive victory on Election Day. The people have spoken and the Democratic Leadership must make it very clear that they intend to stand with the middle class and working families of our country, and not the Big Money interests. This means that in the coming weeks and months the Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done in a way that is fair -- and not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.



[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

No austerity! Tax the rich. Cut the military.

[-] 1 points by EVmarc (2) from COARSEGOLD, CA 11 years ago

H.R. 6411: “The Inclusive Prosperity Act” Wall Street Sales tax has been introduced in the house

[-] 1 points by EVmarc (2) from COARSEGOLD, CA 11 years ago

Yea OWS it will take more than call writing politicians same as bankster bail out politicians not listening to the 99% heres an idea take a your paycheck (old one OK) social security tax- Paid week after week for years Medicare tax - Paid week after week for years we paid in advance for benefits due and payable benefits are paid by us and due and payable a debt of the government to the people it is a contract benefits will be paid As agreed upon when your money was deducted from your paycheck you can't breach a contract as seen in the fraudclosure of homes Income tax -paid separate item paid to general fund that's where deficit is whose money is it? our money!

[-] 0 points by DHFabian (3) 11 years ago

Calm down, folks. The austerity that the rich intend to impose on the middle class is the same thing as the austerity that the middle class already imposed on the poor. There's a sense of fairness to it. If suffering is what gives the poor the incentive to work hard and succeed, imagine how fabulously this will work for those already in the middle class!



[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Nah. Pres Obama ACA has increased Medicares solvency by 5 years. It is now solvent for a longer time than any time in it's history.

He also closed Bushes prescription drug donut whole. And eliminated several co payments our elderly had to pay in the past!

That is change you can believe in. LOL

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

A brief look at part of the problem of the for profit healthcare system :


[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

An excellent illustration of a major waste of money & health risk to patience. Also A good view of how slippery these corps are at deniability and lawsuit avoidance.

Definitely a great target of a class action lawsuit.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

A peoples action : http://occupywallst.org/forum/what-do-you-think-of-a-rolling-jubilee-type-action/ Just like this one provided for review by shooz : http://occupywallst.org/forum/more-corporate-fraud/

The 1st link is for others who may not have seen the post yet.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Yes. very good.

[-] -1 points by plainscott (79) from Bowling Green, KY 11 years ago

Well, since Medicare is socialized medicine, you should be thrilled.

[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I suppose it is, but it is more accurate to describe it as an earned benefit.

[-] 2 points by plainscott (79) from Bowling Green, KY 11 years ago

Yep. It is both. It's an earned benefit, and it is socialized medicine. As long as we've established those facts.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Is there something wrong with socialized medicine?

[-] 0 points by plainscott (79) from Bowling Green, KY 11 years ago

There is nothing wrong with socialized medicine; that was exactly my point. Anytime someone screams and bitches and moans about how "socialized medicine Affordable Care Act is disrupting Medicare funding," I point out that Medicare IS socialized medicine, also.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

very good. I agree.

[-] -1 points by Coyote88 (-24) 11 years ago

It's not anything close to socialized medicine.

[-] 3 points by plainscott (79) from Bowling Green, KY 11 years ago

Sorry pal, but by definition Medicare IS socialized medicine. Taxes are paid in to a goverment agency from our paychecks, and that agency of the government pays people's medical bills. That's socialized medicine. Your act of simply declaring that it isn't doesn't make it so. Moreover, Republicans of the 1960's vehemently opposed the establishment of Medicare because it IS socialized medicine. Read your history books, pal.