Archive for December, 2012

Photos and News Stories about December 10 Event

December 11, 2012

 

CNYCIA Protesters marching in the rain and participating in the candlelight digit

CNYCIA Protesters marching in the rain and participating in the candlelight vigil.

Above is a photo of the candlelight vigil.  Please find below link for a great story about it in the Rome Observer

 

http://www.romeobserver.com/articles/2012/12/10/news/doc50c6836a7331d377842218.txt

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60 Central New York residents marched in rain to call on Representative Hanna to end tax cuts for the Top 2%

December 11, 2012

60 Central New York residents marched in rain to call on Representative Hanna to end tax cuts for the Top 2%

Utica, NY – As part of more than 10 events across New York State on International Human Rights Day, about 60 local activists gathered outside of Rep. Richard Hanna’s( R-NY 24th) Utica office on Monday to call on him to fight in Congress for an end to the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2%, to ensure that no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid are part of any “fiscal cliff” deal, and to make investments in good, well-paying jobs for working families.

As part of the event, local residents held a candlelight vigil and marched in front of the Representative Richard Hanna’s office in the rain to demand strong opposition to any cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, or Social Security benefits.   Groups representing the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc.,  Citizen Action of New York, MoveOn, Organizing for America as well as local labor unions, civil rights, neighborhood, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations participated in the event.

John Furman, President of the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., stated:  “The impact of cuts which have been proposed would have a deep impact on Central York, including the cities of Utica, Rome, Herkimer, Sherrill, and Oneida.  Major cuts for human service programs such as unemployment compensation, WIC, home heating assistance, Section 8, Community Development Block Grants, health, youth, and education programs would directly hurt thousands of local residents and make it difficult for municipalities to deliver services.

John Furman, President of the Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., stated:  “As the deadline for Congress to make a decision regarding federal spending priorities approaches, we want to ensure that the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits working families rely on don’t get traded away in exchange for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. This candlelight vigil is one of hundreds around the country calling for the protection of middle class priorities like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits as well as preventing tax increases for 98% of taxpayers.   Republicans are holding the middle class hostage during the fiscal negotiations in exchange for providing millionaires and billionaires with another tax break. We demonstrated tonight in front of Representative Hanna’s office to make sure he knows that middle class taxes must stay low, and there must be no extension of the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%.”

Tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003, which disproportionately benefit the richest 2 percent, will expire at the end of 2012. Ending them for those with household income above $250,000 would save the nation about $1 trillion over 10 years and would be an important first step toward requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.  That revenue also could be used to reduce the deficit and avoid the massive $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts to federal programs over 10 years beginning in January 2013, which will kill jobs and hurt our families.