Grassroots groups to Durbin: Tax the Rich & Wall Street, Hands Off Vital Safety Net Programs
Soup/Breadline to Oppose Federal Safety Net Cuts: Noon, December 3-6
- Durbinville Shantytown: Noon, Thursday, December 6
Location: Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn,
CHICAGO: Local grassroots organizations will feed the hungry in soup and bread lines at noon on December 3-6, culminating in the erection of a “Durbinville” shantytown/protest at noon on December 6, as part of a widening effort to pressure U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to raise taxes on the wealthy and Wall Street and oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other vital national safety net programs. The actions will be held in the Federal Plaza, adjacent to Durbin’s office in the Kluczynski Federal Building, at Adams and Dearborn.
IIRON, SOUL, Lakeview Action Coalition, Northside P.O.W.E.R. & Illinois Peoples Action – will take over Federal Plaza during the noon hour each day from Monday, December 3 to Thursday, December 6 to make visible the hunger and suffering that budget cuts will create in their communities.
Durbin has refused to meet with activists. Durbin is leading budget negotiations for the Obama admin, and though austerity policies by Ryan were soundly rejected by voters, the Obama Administration is poised to do just that. Time to say no. The Right adheres to this hierarchical cult of personality system. On the Left we don’t follow fear and cults of personailty. We hold our elected officials accountable, particularly if they are Democrats.