A Call for Progressive Action

Calling Progressives: Geoffrey Fieger, Monica Lewis-Patrick, Jeff Edison, Rev. Ed Rowe, Ed Deeb, Nasser Beydoun, Rev. Bullock, Magic Johnson, Cornelius Pitts, JoAnn Watson, and all of the visionaries of Michigan…where the hell is our fight and our capacity to dump Snyder?

 

A grassroots initiative is being mounted to lead and to galvanize our resources and talents in an effort to stem the tidal wave of attacks against our quality of life and we need all-on-deck to pull together the required dollars. 

The governor speaks about a “surplus,” but doesn’t mention where these funds came from. In Auschwitz and Buchenwald, there were surpluses as well…extra eye glasses, extra teeth, extra pairs of pants, dresses, socks, shoes, etc.

Thousands of welfare mothers and their children were stripped of the meager cash assistance they were living on during a time of extreme unemployment across MI. Mental Health sites had their funding slashed or zeroed-out, entire public education systems closed, state funding owed to Detroit and other urban cities was not paid, pensions were taxed, and the greatest insult of all was the coronation of an EM who gets paid $1000/per hour –  $8,000 a day.

A welfare mom with one child is entitled to $420/mo – $5040/per year! $8,000 per day versus $5,040 per yr?

Millions of our tax dollars are being paid out to scoundrels — friends of the ones who helped put us in our current dilemma — while we are being told day after day that we are a poor and backward city.  No more of this torture!

We need to amass $1 million dollars so we can run ads about “right to work,” about how banks are destroying our neighborhoods, about EM’s being put over bankrupt cities who are paid 3 and 4 times what elected officials earn, and how the plan is to sell-off our city assets to their families and friends at our expense.

— What happened to democracy?
— What happened to union workers who seem to have lost their voices and their courage?
— What happened to our right to vote? 
— What happened to our once progressive, militant churches who too often today stand in silence?
— What happened to our standard of living and our right to look forward to better lives for our children?

Let’s pull together, raise the money we need to mount state-wide campaigns, and let’s inflict political casualties on their side instead of working people who are always suffering. We may not have Koch brothers money, but we for damned sure have millions of “boots on the ground” from which we can mount a non-violent offensive in Michigan from top to bottom, and from left to right! 

“I went down to the rich-man’s house…to take back what he stole from me…”  Stay tuned for plans of action…

 
“At some point, silence suggests complicity.”
Maureen D. Taylor, 
State Chairperson, MWRO 
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