Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Political Protest Wednesday at Noon

I got this email from MoveOn (okay, so did you, as do we all, the ten million emails that they send out a day, but their hearts are in the right places; wait, that sounds like MoveOn members have more than one heart, which would make them creepy aliens! Or extremely nice people; you be the judge.) and so I am sharing. Any excuse to bother Charles Taylor, is what I always think, and this beastly budget is a good one. Personally? I'm going to try hard to be there, but a lot depends on the progress of the lovely cold I am hosting this week. Without further ado, here's the facts.

On Wednesday, MoveOn members in Asheville are organizing a "Speak Out" — one of over 100 events this week to stop the reverse Robin Hood budget. Local folks will gather to tell the public and the media their personal stories about Medicaid, food stamps and student loans.

We've invited the media. The success of the event depends on how many of us show up in support. Can you join us? Here are the details:

Speak out against budget cuts
in front of Congressman Charles Taylors office

Pack Square
Asheville, NC
Wednesday, 16 Nov 2005, 12:00 PM

The Republican proposal would cut over $50 billion from critical services including Medicaid, food stamps, and student loans. The same proposal calls for handing out $70 billion in tax breaks for the very wealthy. It's reverse Robin Hood economics, robbing the poor to pay back the rich.

MoveOn members have been instrumental in beating back this plan so far, by phoning in over 40,000 calls, writing over 140,000 personal letters to Congress and sending in more than 13,000 letters to the editor of local papers. Your work has helped put us within a hair's breadth of victory and now we've got to push it over the top.

In most places, we're holding these events during the day, to maximize media coverage because that's when government offices are open. But it's a tough time for many people—so if there's any way you can come, please do. A strong turnout will help save essential programs people in your community rely on to keep their families healthy, to keep food on the table, and to secure a better future for their kids.

Sign up here

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