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Court support for the US Bank plaza arrests at Occupy MN

Monday, July 30th starting  at 8:30 AM

Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th St. Minneapolis, MN

Four of the seven people arrested in front of US Bank plaza last fall are going to court next week, including 2 Anti-War Committee activists, for challenging the banks practices of foreclosing on people and forcing them into homelessness. We recently learned that the prosecutor has added three new charges to each of us! We need people to pack the courtroom and show their support, and to say that standing up to the banks isn’t criminal, but taking people’s homes IS!

On Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/events/422022844505688/

Say NO to political prosecution of anti-foreclosure protesters!

We need to stand up for the right to protest!

CALL…Mayor R.T. Rybak at 612-673-2100,
Assistant City Attorney Mary Ellen Heng at 612-673-2270
City Attorney Susan Segal at 612-673-3272

  • Ask them why Occupy protesters are facing unusually harsh charges.
  • Demand that they drop ALL CHARGES on anti-foreclosure protesters

including the 4 people in the U.S. Bank action who are going to court on July 30th and those arrested at the Cruz home.

On October 20, 2011, hundreds of people participated in a demonstration in front of U.S. Bank in downtown Minneapolis to draw attention to the fact that over 25,000 Minnesotans lost their homes to foreclosure in 2010 alone. 7 people were arrested in the intersection in front of the bank and charged with “interfering with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.”

Four of them are scheduled to go to trial on July 30th, but on July 20th they had 3 more charges added (unlawful assembly, public nuisance and not complying with a “peace officer”)!
Nationally, the Occupy movement is facing increasing police brutality, police infiltration, and trumped up charges. Locally the Minneapolis city attorney’s office has decided to try to shut down the growing movement of people standing in solidarity with families struggling to save their homes from foreclosure by giving protesters outrageous charges. For example, the city prosecutors have escalated charges on the 14 protesters who defended the Cruz family home on May 30th. Prosecutors at the City Attorney’s office originally charged supporters with trespassing, but have now moved to significantly more serious charges including 3rd degree riot – a gross misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

The city of Minneapolis is trying to scare people from standing in solidarity with people being thrown out of their own homes. Solidarity is not a crime! Don’t jail the movement, jail the bankers! We, the People’s Bailout Coalition, know from our work defending the homes of Rosemary Williams and Leslie Parks that it is essential to our movement for people to be able to protest home foreclosures. The foreclosure crisis is a central issue in the U.S. economic crisis – we cannot be scared away from this important issue and from the tactic of civil disobedience!

Tax Day rally April 16

Tax the Rich! No cuts to poor and working people!
Monday, April 16
12:00 noon
MN State Capitol

Click here for flier

We are in an economic crisis. We are losing our jobs and our homes. There are huge cuts to education, health care and other services that we have been paying into for years.

Working people are under attack. Still the politicians are talking about more attacks on us. Meanwhile,  the wealthy  have been getting huge tax cuts year after year.

The MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout and the Welfare Rights Committee have a bill to TAX the RICH. On April 16, come to the capitol and make your voice heard!

Click here for Facebook event

Sponsored by:
MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout – mnbailout.wordpress.com
Welfare Rights Committee – 612-822-8020 – Look for us on Facebook

In November the Minnesota Freedom of Employment Amendment, also known as “Right to Work”, may be on the ballot as a constitutional amendment in Minnesota. This is an attack on all workers, and will erode the standard of living for all Minnesotans, giving employers all the power over wages, benefits, and working conditions. The working people of Minnesota didn’t cause the economic crisis, and our wages and benefits should not come under attack for it.

Facts about ‘Right to Work’ for Less:

  • The average worker in ‘Right to Work’ states earns $5,500 less per year than workers in states without ‘Right to Work’ legislation.
  • The poverty rate is 22.5% higher in states with ‘Right to Work’ legislation.People in states with ‘Right to Work’ legislation are 89% more likely to be uninsured.
  • Workers are twice as likely to be killed on the job in states with ‘Right to Work’ legislation.

The proposed wording of the ‘Right to Work’ amendment is as follows: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to guarantee all citizens the individual freedom to decide to join or not join a labor union; to remain with or leave a labor union; or to pay or not pay dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor union or any affiliated third party or charity, without having it affect their employment status?”

Don’t be fooled! As Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1961, “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right to work.’ It provides no ‘rights’ and no ‘works.’ Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining… We demand this fraud be stopped.”

Pledge to VOTE NO!

Click here to sign: http://signon.org/sign/vote-no-on-right-to-work?source=c.em.cp&r_by=380143

March 14 Capitol Hearing to stop Foreclosures & Evictions

Noon in Room 500 State Office Building

Hearing flier 3-7-2012

(Click HERE for flyer)

Stop Foreclosures and Evictions – Moratorium NOW!

Pack the Hearing on Foreclosures – Make Our Voices Heard!

Wednesday, March 14

12:00 Noon

Room 500 State Office Building

The MN Coalition for a People’s Bailout has a bill, sponsored by Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Karen Clark, The People’s Bailout Bill (SF1521 & HF1886) which calls for:

— A 2-year moratorium on home foreclosures.

— A 2-moratorium on the eviction of renters from foreclosed property

MN politicians CAN Stop Foreclosures in MN by putting a moratorium on foreclosures. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND PRESENCE at the MN state capitol on WEDNESDAY, March 14 at NOON to pack the hearing, to speak the truth about foreclosures, and to demand that MN politicians end foreclosures Now!
Demand that our state legislators protect OUR interests, not those of the privileged few – remind them that their votes depend on it! We are the 99%; our voices together cannot be ignored!

There will also be a press conference at 11:30, before the hearing, in room 125 of the State Capitol Building.

Contact legislators and tell them to come to the hearing in support of our bill. Click here for talking points.

STOP the Republican ATTACK on Poor Women and Children!

Pack the Hearing at the Capitol!

Wednesday Feb 22nd at 2:30 p.m.!

Republicans To Try to Push through the Worst Cuts to the Safety Net Since the 1990s, pushing families into deeper poverty, hunger and homelessness!

TELL POLITICIANS to STOP the Attacks on Poor and working families!!  STOP balancing the budget on OUR BACKS!

THE RICH Created this CRISIS – it is TIME to Make the RICH PAY!

Join the Welfare Rights Committee and others to protest the most damaging and devastating changes to public assistance for families and poor people since welfare “reform” of 1996. The politicians are ready to make life unlivable for poor and working families.  While the Rich have not paid even ONE DIME for the budget deficits, they have in fact,  gotten RICHER and RICHER!  The politicians want to take even more away from the few programs we have to get us through hard economic times.

WEDNESDAY, February 22, 2012 – 2:30 PM

Room: 200 State Office Building

(expect to be there till 4-4:30 pm)

(100 MLK Blvd. – across from Capitol)

While we are in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the politicians are poised to gut critical social programs that families rely on to get them through any economic crisis. Our families have been living in economic crisis for many years even before the collapse of the economy. On Wednesday, the politicians will use their power to make it even harder for us to get out of poverty.

These are the Criminal Changes that will be Heard and Voted on in the Committee on Wednesday

1) Cut the time that families have to get welfare assistance to 3 years for their entire lifetime. Everyone knows that during this economic crisis, there is massive unemployment, and tens of thousands of people with even degrees and high level skills are having difficulty finding jobs.  Welfare is the unemployment assistance for poor families and for working families once their unemployment checks run out.

2) Criminalize poor families for being poor, by doing background checks from the past 10 years. If we have any drug offenses or other “disqualifying offenses” from up to 10 years AGO, they can and will deny poor families any public assistance.  Do the Rich get background checks before they are given public money for their corporations?  NO!  We are not the criminals, the 1% are!

3)  Throw families off ALL public assistance when they reach 100% of the federal poverty guidelines. Even though the poverty guidelines haven’t been adjusted for years and welfare grants have NOT been raised in 26 years.

4) Again criminalizing poor families by throwing our families completely off welfare with 100% sanctions if we slip up in paperwork or jumping through other hoops!  Politicians and corporations break the rules all the time, but they continue to hold public office and get public money!!

THIS IS SERIOUS!  When bills like these are being considered, politicians are making life harder for poor families and disabled individuals when they are at an all-time low in their lives. In these economic times, more and more people are slipping into these ranks.

With all these cruel and inhumane bills the politicians want to pass, how are these gut wrenching bills going to help people get out of poverty? One and the only answer: THEY ARE NOT!

It’s very important that we come to the house on Wednesday, bring signs, our voices and protest these criminal and immoral bills. These politicians really want to criminalize poor and low-income people and families in any way they can. Let’s stop them!

Here is a short description of this gut wrenching bill. So, it is VERY important for everyone to come to the hearing and PROTEST. (At the bottom are 2 other bills that will be heard that are bad.)  (House File 2080 -Senate File 833) This bill modifies the MFIP program by (1) reducing the maximum time limit from 60-months to 36-months, (2) reducing the MFIP exit level from 115 percent to 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, (3) disqualifying persons convicted of a drug offense within the past ten years, (4) requiring criminal history background studies at the time of application and recertification to determine if an applicant or participant has been convicted of a drug or other disqualifying offense, and (5) modifies sanctions to reduce the number of sanctions for noncompliance a participant receives before the MFIP case is closed.

Please forward and invite everyone!  (If you can help in any way, please let me know.)

Thank you.

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Sign up to Testify: If you can, sign up to testify. They need to be slammed on these stupid bills. (If you don’t know if you can come, sign up anyway. The more people that sign up the more they can’t be in denial that what they are doing is very criminal!  Send an email to holly.iverson@house.mn

Here is a collage of images from the Opening Day Rally, January 24, 2012. If you took great photos, send them (along with captions/credits) to mnbailout@yahoo.com.

mix of images from opening day rally

Images from Opening Day Rally, Jan 24 2011

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