Obama On Fiscal Cliff: ‘Make Your Voices Heard’ #My2K

December 03, 2012 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Consumer Rights, Economic Terrorism, Science/Technology

From CampusProgress:

At a press conference Wednesday, President Obama announced the creation of a new social media campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff—or fiscal showdown, as we’re calling it—is a bundle of expiring tax cuts and cuts to program spending that threaten America’s middle class with an average tax increase of $2,200 if Congress cannot reach an agreement by the end of the year. Twitter users can now tweet using the hashtag #My2K to express concerns about how the potential tax hike would impact their daily life.

During the press conference, Obama pressed that an agreement by Congress on how to handle the “fiscal cliff” is critical and must be reached before January.

“This debate is not just about numbers,” he said. “It’s a set of major decisions that are going to affect millions of families.”

There is consensus among lawmakers and economists that increasing taxes on the middle class would be detrimental to our economy, particularly for small businesses. President Obama agreed, calling on Congress to “pass a law that would prevent a tax hike on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income.”

A bill, which the president said he is willing to sign quickly, would protect 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses from the tax increase. The wealthiest Americans, who have balked at the idea of higher taxes, would also get a tax-break on their first $250,000 worth of income.

Called to Work During Super Storm Sandy, Tribeca Parking Attendant Drowned

November 14, 2012 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Workers' Rights

From The Nation:

Though many of the details of Narh’s death remain vague, serious questions are beginning to emerge around why a man was required to work (or believed he was required to work) in the middle of an evacuation zone as a deadly hurricane bore down on his city. Here is what is known.

On October 28th, more than a day before Sandy struck, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of all low-lying areas, including the western fringe of TriBeCa. By noon the day of the storm, the superintendent of the adjoining apartment building, 92 Laight Street, had issued an evacuation warning to all parties. But the garage remained open. A source, who declined to be identified, spoke with the person who was managing the garage on site that day. The manager explained to this source that Empire Parking wanted attendants to remain behind to watch over the cars.

“I told him, look, you should really send everybody home,” said the source. “He said, look at the garage, there are still cars here.” The source estimated that there were still 20 to 30 cars in the garage.

When reached for a response, the manager of Empire Parking, who gave his name only as Wilfred and declined to provide a last name, said the company did not have a comment on “this subject.”

We Are The 99%: O.U.R. Walmart

October 18, 2011 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Workers' Rights

From Crunk Feminist Collective:

[Last] week, as Walmart hosted Wall Street analysts and investors for a week of discussion regarding the company’s financial health and outlook, nearly 100 members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), part of the 99% returned to Walmart’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, AR to demand an “open door” meeting, per the company’s policy, with CEO Mike Duke. In June of this year, OUR Walmart made its first visit to the corporate headquarters seeking a meeting with the CEO in order to deliver the organization’s Declaration for Respect, which members developed in order to identify priority concerns including: a desire for more respect and dignity on the job, more flexibility in scheduling, addressing rampant understaffing and excessive workloads at Walmart among others.

Full piece here.