Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Demonstrate at Gov. Rick Snyder's First State of the State Address in Lansing

Demonstrate at Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address

Weds., Jan. 19, 2011
6:00 p.m. at the State Capitol, Lansing
Call 313-680-5508 for transportation to Lansing from Detroit – leaving 4:00 pm

Stop the attacks on public workers!
The unemployed, workers & poor must be heard
Fight! Don’t starve!

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs will be holding a demonstration at the State Capitol steps during Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address on January 19. We urge all other peace and social justice groups around the state to join us at this action.

A Jan. 3 front-page article in the Detroit News indicated public service workers will be targeted for attacks under Snyder’s new administration. It states, “Gov. Rick Snyder, who started work Sunday as CEO of a state facing a projected budget deficit of $1.85 billion, is expected to seek benefit cuts for public employees at the state, local government and school district levels.”

There is nothing new or “innovative” about this program of cutbacks and further impoverishment for working people in Michigan. Over the recent period, public and educational employees have been subjected to monumental layoffs along with wage and benefit cuts. The Snyder administration will implement the same corporate agenda that has resulted in the loss of over 8 million jobs around the country and at least 1 million lost jobs in Michigan.

Yet there is no mention in Lansing of the impact on state government of the trillions of dollars given in bailouts to the financial institutions and corporations. There is no discussion on how the bank seizures of thousands of homes in Michigan have devastated the tax revenue streams and created blighted cities, suburbs and rural areas. Neither is there any mention of the Pentagon budget that drains over $800 billion per year from working people.

Why should school teachers, first responders, social workers, Medicaid, senior services and public transportation be sacrificed further in order to continue paying billions in debt-service every year to the banks, which have already received trillions in public tax monies?

We need jobs or income; a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs; health care and education – not more tax cuts for the rich and growing unemployment for the workers! AND Don’t trim the STATE deficit on our backs!

Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs

For more information or transportation from Detroit (leaving 4 p.m. on Jan. 19), call (313) 680-5508 or visit

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