Protesters to target leading corporate tax deadbeat in push for greater Illinois tax transparency Monday

Illinois loses hundreds of millions of dollars in federal revenue because of company’s corporate tax evasion, charge activists, while 80% of Illinois residents support corporate tax transparency.

On Monday, July 1 at noon, Fair Economy Illinois and their partner organizations are hitting one of the nation’s biggest corporate deadbeats to raise awareness about the company’s sweeping failure to pay their fair share of Illinois and federal taxes. The protest is part of a broad campaign to support corporate tax transparency legislation in Illinois, in what promises to be one of the fall legislative season’s most energized grassroots legislative efforts in Springfield.

Illinois doesn’t have to be broke, charge activists. Two-thirds of corporations operating in the state pay no Illinois corporate income tax – and the target company’s tax evasion alone costs hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue each year for Illinois residents and their schools, public safety systems and other civic agencies.

Nippon Sharya, a railcar manufacturer received almost $10million in state and local tax breaks, and a billion in state and federal contracts for 80 jobs. Tax breaks will more than pay for the jobs, giving the company millions in taxpayer funded profit and making the workers essentially a welfare work program.

Nippon Sharya, a railcar manufacturer received almost $10million in state and local tax breaks, and a billion in state and federal contracts for 80 jobs. Tax breaks will more than pay for the jobs, giving the company millions in taxpayer funded profit and making the workers essentially a welfare work program.

81% of the State of Illinois’ revenue comes from income and sales taxes on goods purchased by ordinary residents, while only 8% of Illinois’ revenue comes from corporate income tax payments. That fundamental inequity forces working people to pay higher taxes – and forces children, the elderly, the disabled, state employees and local communities to bear the burden of cuts to education, healthcare, retirement security and frontline public services, say tax accountability advocates.

Tax fairness starts with tax transparency, say members of Fair Economy Illinois and its partner groups, who are pushing legislation in Springfield that would force the disclosure of corporations that are paying no taxes in Illinois – and the reasons for those tax dodges. House Bill 3627 — introduced this May by Barbara Flynn Currie — would address the current cover-up. The Senate passed a similar bill, SB 282, in November but it was killed in the House Revenue Committee by both Democratic and Republican legislators.

Nearly 80% of Illinois voters say legislation to require publicly-traded corporations to disclose how much they pay in Illinois corporate income tax is a good idea — with 75% of Republicans, 80% of Democrats and 84% of Independents saying it is a good idea — according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. Read the entire poll here: http://bit.ly/17lvzaH
Fair Economy Illinois: http://www.faireconomyillinois.org

NEWS ALERT: For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Don Floyd, dfloyd@iiron.org, 815-751-5621; Chris Geovanis, chrisgeovanis@gmail.com, 312-446-4939

Protest/Direct Action: Leading Corporate Tax Deadbeat

Monday, July 1, noon, Chicago, IL: Location to be announced

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A Message from Paula Dean’s Apology

PaulaDean_621_480x360Hi y’all, I’m Paula Dean’s apology. It wasn’t my fault that Paula got fired. I’m only the apology, y’all, not a miracle worker. I don’t put the words in her mouth, I just try to get her past them. See, y’all, there are two kinds of apologies. There is the one from the heart, and the other to save your ass. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one Paula was using.

See, this is how it works. A client, in this case Ms. Dean, commits what we in the industry call an “Oh no she didn’t” moment. Now, many clients complicate that with an outraged and vehement denial, often while getting out of a car or running through and airport, followed by an official statement from a spokesperson. Never good. Makes my job that much harder, and it is never quite believed by anyone. In extreme situations, we recommend checking into some institution until the heat and Press attention blows over, but that’s your choice. I’m just the apology. Lindsay Lohan, that’s a shout out to you, girl!

Look, there are critics out there who are claiming Paula Dean’s apology wasn’t sincere enough. For one, it didn’t help that she came off looking like a character from Willy Wonka’s factory! I can tell y’all that I was one hell of an apology, enough to make the Lincoln Monument cry. Put the blame on the speaker, not me. I’m an apology not a babysitter!

Besides, Paula isn’t my only client, and the apology business has really gotten busy these days. I haven’t been this busy since the Nuremburg Trials. Thought I would get hammered after September 2001, or the Iraq Invasion/weapons of mass destruction kerfuffle, instead I got one lonesome client in Richard Clarke. Thought I might have heard something after Katrina, but I called that one wrong and for that, hey, I am truly sorry-no, just kidding.

I suppose we should be thankful that Paula apologized at all. Seriously, after all the millions she made from cookbooks and TV, and a lot of recipes made with an African American woman who was barely paid above minimum wage, or thinking she could throw slave plantation parties for rich white folks with black servers dressed as slaves she ought to be sorry. She could have denied, hid behind an attorney, or worse, shoved a camera man while snapping a hasty “no comment!” Let’s face it, y’all, you will have to eventually apologize, unless you are BP, FOX News, Monsanto, David Vitter or anyone producing reality TV shows.

But she apologized, for whatever that was worth. She’s gonna take her lumps, like the rest of us common folk would have to. An apology doesn’t get you out of trouble, it just begins the road back. The rest of you, especially in politics, the Chicago School Board and bankers would do well to remember that. And please, please, please, y’all, don’t do this by yourself. Leave the apologies to professionals like me…Got to run, Rush Limbaugh is talkin…oh, why do I even bother?!

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On Love…(excerpt from upcoming Revolution and Beer book: TOMFOOLERY IS NOT A GUY FROM TEXAS, Riffs and Rants from Post-Republican America)

the mooksI’m collecting perspectives. That’s all any of us can do in coming to an understanding of what love is, which is fundamentally what the issue of Gay Marriage comes down to; Love and the hierarchy of love. That is, which love is valid, and with is not.

So, if in a truly Christian society, particularly one in which not only the Bible is contradictory, but even the most boisterously pious of men ultimate are judicious in what in that book they will adhere to, and what they will not, we are left with perspectives. So it becomes a mandate for each of us to collect perspectives on the world, and to weigh things not just in the balance, but upon a broader, deeper understanding of love.

I suppose that’s the way to come to some better comprehension of the word, as it is as elusive as defining a day without explaining the rotation of the earth, the waxing and waning of shadows, of morning dew, the urgency of fulfilling each final moment before sunset, or donning a sweater against an evening chill.

How does one comprehend the wind from a single pale word? In it there is limited comprehension for the gentlest of breezes against a humid morning, the rage of a tornado, a howling blizzard wind or the gust that stands out a flag to its fullest glory. There is only a hint of consideration in the word “wind” for the clap of a full sail unfurling, of the thundering surf rushed towards a pristine shoreline, the rattles of trash through an alley, the frosty whistle through a gap in the window.

Words fail us, and the heart fails us more. Not in the wish for love, but in the arrogance of ego that we truly comprehend its scope. Young lovers exalt in its electric rush, sweeping them headlong towards the uncertainty of love; to be swept over into the abyss where they are lost, or to settle into something that lasts a lifetime. There is the love in a child’s needing eyes, love in the betrayal and sorrow of a broken heart and an argument, and love in the adoring gaze of a pet.

There is love among friends, between lovers and among enemies. The desperate, dying and downtrodden find love in the rescuing eyes of those who would comfort and save them. Some find love in a glass of wine, or in a wonderful meal, others in the whisper of a sunrise or the majesty of a moment. We love our work and the passion of a cherished painter, or the brilliance of a favorite writer, or in diversity of all things. Many find it in the grace and goodness of god, but who’s god? What form god takes is entirely one’s own definition, and that definition informs their perspective or lack of perspective on love.

Defining love might be the fools way out. No, better to come to it as a science of sorts, in which there will never be a proper or simple definition, but rather a deeper knowledge and understanding…

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The New Gettysburg Address

954840_10201130282290214_947914457_n“Twelvescore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women were arguably equal. Well that is out the window. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war: your 401K , Social Security and never ending debt. We have come to dedicate a portion to those whose struggle against oppression and racism, simply making ends meet, to eat and to keep their homes is a constant burden, with realization that without justice that this household might not live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this notion because the corporate owned government has decreed against it. The brave citizens, living and dead who struggled with Occupy, in Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Turkey, and elsewhere have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The media will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored citizens we take increased defiance against the injustice for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, though now this nation remains under Greed and oppression but shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the corporations and banks, by their profits, over the people shall soon perish from the earth.”
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Revolution and Beer exclusive: The Forgotten Protest JMBG-SARAJEVO/BOSNIA and the unnecessary death of Berina Hamidovic

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JMBG refers to the citizenship law that still has not been passed in Bosnia. One side wants social security numbers coded to show ethnicity. It has created an impasse in the parliament, and now has led to the death of a small girl. This grew into a national movement when a child, Berina Hamidovic, born in March, needed special medical attention in another country. She was born after a law that assigned social security ID for new citizens expired. Last week, because of public and international attention, Berina and her family were afforded “special” travel documents for travel.

The Bosnian government has three main parties, largely identified by the warring sides in a war that ended after NATO intervened in 1995.The minority Bosnian Serbs are holding up a vote to authorize social security numbers for all new born children. The law expired this past winter, and a new law has not passed leaving thousands of children essential non-persons, without access to passports or healthcare benefits. The Serbs want the new numbers to reflect the person’s ethnic identity. The majority Croats and Bosniaks in parliament want random numbers without an ethnic identifier. Last week Bosnians of all faiths, or no faith blockaded parliament for more than 14 hours, refusing to allow MPs to leave until the law was passed.

This week the ethnically-Muslim family was stopped and held at the Serbian border by officers who, in a blatant case of harassment and bigotry, claimed they needed to verify the family’s documentation. The delay took precious hours that Berina did not have. Doctors in Stuttgart Germany said that if Berina had not been delayed due to the Bosnian government issue and the further delay by Serbian customs police the girl would have survived.

This is what happens when governments don’t work, don’t compromise and aren’t ultimately sensitive to their people. The opportunity she had was due entirely to the thousands who peacefully blockaded the parliament and refused to let politicians leave. Be a peaceful force for change, Be community!
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Batten down the hatches! If we can survive the weather channel, we’ll be all right!

IMG_3159There’s a storm a brewin’, and this one’s for the books my friends. Batten down the hatches, hide the children, cover the pets, and most of all, turn off the damned weather Channel until they are once again responsible media people. Currently they are panic central. They are Geraldo Rivera in rain gear. They are the paparazzi of disaster!

What happened Weather Channel. You once gave reasoned forecasts and responsible alerts. Now you run all day and all night “Severe Weather central,” hourly “TorCon(tornado condition) Updates” and your roving paparazzi of disaster(I love that line, so I’m using it as much as I can) parading as semi-irresponsible storm chasers and veritable tragedy ghouls.

Seriously, there is a way to disseminate critical weather information without this pandering and panic. All day long yesterday we were alerted, in the most specious and hysterical manner, about the “COMING OF THE DERECHO!” That could either refer to a sudden strong thunder storm system, are a 600 foot Mexican! Either way, be afraid. Be very afraid?

Evidence the tragedy that befell several of their storm chasers in Oklahoma earlier this month. The weather channel has made a sport-not a science- of severe storm chasing. They teased all day their weather rabbit on the outskirts of Joliet last night just hoping for a tornado. Like others in the media, they are also the ones lashing themselves to posts and showing campy videos of weatherpersons being knocked about in hurricanes. And don’t think the shorter skirts went unnoticed on their cheerleader-blond weather girls-My wife noticed. My wife noticed!

The storm was a good one. On the far north side of Chicago, near the Evanston border, we got almost two inches of rain, howling winds and plenty of lightning and thunder. A barn and a truck were trashed south of Joliet and some minor damage here and there, something expected with a strong line of storms. It wasn’t the storm-ageddon decried by the weather channel.

They were once far more serious and more comprehensive. They are now sportscasters to destruction. Weather is secondary to the commercials they run. The weather is just the vehicle to get you to those commercials. But then that is the current state of all media lately. It condescends to the lowest common denominator of fear to sow unwarranted panic as a means of keeping you glued to their commercial crazy train, it’s just sad that the Weather Channel had to succumb to that level.

Okay, just once more… paparazzi of disaster!

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ICE Raided Day Labor Corner – Press Conference Thursday at 11am at Pulaski/Foster

w339I’m writing to share a sad updated that the Albany Park day labor corner was raided Wednesday. ICE agents wearing jackets marked “police” arrived at the corner midday. They detained a group of workers, asking them for their identification, took into custody Israel Lopez Bautista (A#094924950) and transferred him to a detention center in Dodge County, Wisconsin within a few hours.

Please join us for an emergency press conference Thursday at 11am at the Foster/Pulaski street corner where we’ll stand with Israel’s brother Enrique who was temporarily stopped by the ICE agents, Israel’s son, and members of the family’s church to call on ICE to release him before this father’s day weekend.

Israel is a day laborer who has lived in the U.S. for 6 years. He has no criminal history, has three children, and is a dedicated volunteer and member of his church, Restoración Elin. We’ll be citing the raid in November that happened at this same corner and led to the deportation of 6 workers and calling on ICE to end the practice of random arrests at the street corner.thCAR32DBA

Thank you so much for your solidarity and support! We hope to see you tomorrow as we stand with Israel’s family to get him home, demand an end to deportations, and defend day laborers’ right to work and provide for their families.
Elisa
cell: 214.794.6796
Elisa Ringholm

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