[act-ma] Cindy Sheehan Comes to Boston! / Crash the Tea Party!

Bryan Koulouris brykoulouris at gmail.com
Fri Apr 8 13:53:20 PDT 2011

*In This Email:

1. Cindy Sheehan Comes to Boston! Monday, April 11th: Two Chances to


*2. Crash the Tea Party on Tax Day! Tax the Rich and Big Business, Not
Working People!*


*3. If you're in New Hampshire: Public Meeting to Defend Workers' Rights on
Wednesday, April 13th *


*1. DAWN of a NEW REVOLT:*

*Challenging Corporate Control of Politics*

*With Guest Speaker Cindy Sheehan*


*Two Chances to Participate*


*Monday, April 11th: 1pm at UMass-Boston, Campus Center Third Floor Room


*Monday, April 11th: 7pm at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square, 3
Church Street*

>From Cairo to Wisconsin, working-class people are rising up against
injustice. Massive strikes and demonstrations rocked Europe’s ruling elites
last year. Popular uprisings have toppled and challenged dictators and
“free-market” policies across the Arab world. Now workers and youth in
Wisconsin and across the U.S. have begun to fight back against budget cuts
in education and healthcare enacted by both Republicans and Democrats. Come
hear an inspiring speaker and join this important discussion about how we
can challenge the corporate agenda and fight for a better world.

 * *

*Guest Speaker: Cindy Sheehan*

Following her son’s death in Iraq, Sheehan gained national prominence in
2005 as thousands joined her protest camp outside President Bush’s vacation
ranch in Texas. Now among the nation’s foremost antiwar voices, Sheehan has
written books and spoken extensively to crowds of thousands. After the
Democrats won control of Congress in 2006 only to continue Bush’s wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan, Sheehan broke from the Democratic Party. In 2008 she
challenged then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Congress, receiving an
impressive 17% of the vote as an Independent candidate. Following speaking
tours in Venezuela and Europe, Sheehan has increasingly spoken out against
capitalism and in support of democratic socialism.

Over a dozen groups have now endorsed this event with Cindy Sheehan which is
part of a national speaking tour hosted by Socialist Alternative.

2. Crash The Tea Party! No Budget Cuts! Tax the Rich and Big Business!

On Friday, April 15th (Tax Day), the Tea Party will descend on Boston
Common. We'll be there to crash their party. We'll say "Tax the Rich and Big
Business, Not Working People!" Workers and youth didn't create this crisis,
and we shouldn't be forced to pay for it with layoffs and budget cuts. *Join
us from 4pm to 6pm on Friday, April 15th when we crash the Tea Party on
Boston Common.*
Corporations are making record profits while they jump through giant tax
loopholes. Yet, our schools are being closed, and our unions are being
attacked. Enough is enough.

While working-class people in America are dealing with soaring unemployment
and low wage jobs, the richest and most powerful in society are getting away
with paying little or no taxes!

Working-class Americans typically pay around 30% in taxes while Wall Street
billionaires like Warren Buffet only pay 17% in taxes!

The wealthiest 400 Americans are worth more than the bottom 150,000,000
Americans COMBINED!

We say that we the workers of America should pay very little if anything in
taxes while the billionaires and corporations pay to fund free public
eduction from K-PhD, to reopen all of our closed schools, a massive public
works program to develop mass transit, renewable energy, infrastructure,
health care, education, and affordable housing.

It has been pointed out that...

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no
federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the
IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last
year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from
the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in
profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it
made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build
179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in
sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and,
over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil
and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even
though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800
billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no
federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal
Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made
$16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in
tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11
billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was
just 1.1 percent.

3. In New Hampshire? Want to Defend Workers' Rights? Come to this meeting on
Wednesday, April 13th

Workers in New Hampshire are under severe attack. "Right to work" laws are
being threatened. Collective bargaining is on the chopping block.
Kindergarten is being eliminated. We need to stand up and fight back!

>From Wisconsin to New Hampshire: Defend Workers' Rights

Public Meeting Free and Open to All

Wednesday, April 13th beginning at 7pm

2 Court Street, Nashua, NH
Nashua Public Library

-Boston Socialist Alternative
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