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{ LINK: "Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients." }

stuffsickpeoplehavetoputupwith:

When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all over the United States.  The cold day in hell has arrived for many patients and many caregivers who already find their budgets bursting from the costs of healthcare insurance, co-pays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket medical expenses, and their bank accounts strained from the loss of income and unemployment that has marked recent months for millions and millions of people.

Please read this story. Welcome to America.

(via stuffsickpeoplehavetoputupwith-)

{ LINK: Stand Up for NPR and PBS }

full contact info for congress members is available on this website.

NOTE: as always, if you can’t contact your congresspeople, passing this info around is still really helpful.

(also *warning* as there is an ableist slur on the page)

More than a million Americans have urged extremists in Congress to stop their reckless campaign to kill NPR, PBS and other public media.

Despite this outcry, a majority in the House are defying the will of the American people and planning to vote Thursday to slash all funding to these vital institutions.

[…]

elizabethjknows:

Michigan Movie Business: Gov. Snyder FAIL!

WTF. I’m seriously livid right now. Gov Rick Snyder needs to get his shit together, open his eyes, and start using any brain he may or may not posses. The movie industry is providing an abundance of opportunity for people in Michigan. We have worked so hard to create and build up an industry for film in this state, and now it’s about to be destroyed. This NEEDS to be stopped. What about the millions we have invested into creating movie studios in Michigan, or are we really just investing in another vacant building? You think you’d use a budget cut on something that isn’t making as much money or creating jobs and opportunity for your state.

Studies on the film industry in Michigan (source)

The study shows that the production of movies and TV shows in Michigan during 2009 and 2010 generated 6,491 full-time equivalent jobs in the state and $812 million in economic output.

Production companies spent $532 million in the state in 2009 and 2010. Of that amount, nearly 60%, or $310.5 million, impacted Michigan’s economy.

• Eighty percent of the 4,656 indirect jobs that the movie business has created in Michigan have occurred in five industries: food services, business services, rentals and repairs, personal services and retail.

• The net cost of the tax credits awarded during 2009 and 2010 totaled $137 million. Taxes and fees generated from movie activity, plus reduced unemployment benefits because the filming creates jobs, offset the state’s costs, the study says. According to the Michigan Film Office, the state has awarded $304 million in film tax credits since April 2008 and has paid out $96 million so far.

• Film productions paid Michigan residents $42.8 million in wages and salaries in 2009 and $66.9 million in 2010. That equates to an average annual salary of about $53,700 per full-time equivalent employee.

• The average film production in Michigan lasted 90 days in 2009 and 89 days in 2010.

This is just so ridiculous. I will do anything I can to make sure this doesn’t pass.

(Source: elizabethjknows, via bigbadcolored-deactivated201104)

{ LINK: Liquor&Spice: Drastic Cuts Proposed For Detroit Schools Michigan Officials Want... }

Drastic Cuts Proposed For Detroit Schools

Michigan Officials Want District To Balance Budget By Closing Schools

State education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, to immediately implement a plan that balances the district’s books by closing half its schools.

District spokesman Steve Wasko said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan has approved a debit elimination plan created by Bobb that includes closing schools, teacher and staff layoffs and increasing the number of students in a classroom to nearly 60.

[…]

Angela Goines is the mother of two DPS students.

“It puts a lot of agony in my heart because these babies are really not having a full opportunity to a fair education”

I keep hearing people talk about this and it’s not even sinking in. I don’t even know where to go to find out how to help stop this. I’m just… ugh.

(Source: blackraincloud, via dancingonembers-deactivated2011)

{ email i got from Feeding America: Urge your Senators to Protect Hunger-Relief Programs in the Budget }

general contact info for US senators is here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

NOTE 1: if you cannot do this, passing this info around is still very helpful.  thank you.

NOTE 2: i do not like the language used in this email.  it seems to imply that people who cannot get enough food are incapable of speaking for themselves.

anyway, here’s the text:

Last week, House of Representatives passed their version of the FY2011 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) by a vote of 235-189. This bill is intended to fund the Federal government from March 4th through the remainder of the fiscal year. In total, this legislation contains more than $65 billion of cuts to non-security discretionary spending compared to what was enacted last year. Several hunger-relief programs which are critical to food banks and low income Americans struggling with hunger, faced serious cuts:

  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was cut by $20 million compared to the funding level enacted last year.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Infrastructure Grants was zeroed out. This program was funded for the first time last year at $6 million.

We understand that Congress must make some difficult decisions to balance the budget. However, as advocates for the hungry, we must let our leaders in Washington know that they should not balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Help us urge Congress to protect hunger-relief programs by calling your Senators right now.

Here’s how you can call your Senators:

  • Dial 877-698-8228 and enter your zip code to connect directly to your Senator’s office.
  • Tell them that you are a constituent and state the name of the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about H.R. 1 
  • Deliver this simple message:

 As an advocate for hungry Americans and a supporter of my local food bank, I urge you to oppose cuts to CSFP and other programs that are vital to food banks and low-income people at risk of hunger.

meloukhia:

abbyjean:

Hundreds of people with disabilities and their supporters rally together at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach to show their opposition to Governor Brown’s devastating 2011/2012 budget, Tuesday Feb, 22. (via Thousands at H.B. pier protest cuts to programs for disabled | The Orange County Register)

And yet, people say that people with disabilities never take to the streets to engage in political protest. 

meloukhia:

abbyjean:

Hundreds of people with disabilities and their supporters rally together at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach to show their opposition to Governor Brown’s devastating 2011/2012 budget, Tuesday Feb, 22. (via Thousands at H.B. pier protest cuts to programs for disabled | The Orange County Register)

And yet, people say that people with disabilities never take to the streets to engage in political protest. 

(via readnfight)

{ LINK: Philosophy and Womens' Studies Get the Axe at UNLV }

newleft:

I think the vertical cuts demanded at UNLV that produced this move are characteristically neoliberal. Instead of across-the-board cutbacks for the sake of ostensibly temporary ‘belt-tightening,’ the assumption is probably that these permanent cuts will make the university a leaner, more efficient machine. Additionally, the immediate removal of tenured and untenured faculty alike is a way to reduce the collective bargaining power of the professors, and it sends a powerful message to faculty in other departments. The swift elimination of two subjects with (arguably) the greatest ability to think critically about life and society does not bode well for universities elsewhere in the United States.

oshit.  followers, please reblog and email the people listed at the link if you can — this is fucking terrible.

(via kadalkavithaigal)

{ LINK: Moveon.org Defend the Dream Action -- March 15th in Concord, New Hampshire, USA }

NOTE 1: yep, reproductive rights again misconstrued as a “women’s thing”.

NOTE 2: not sure about Moveon.org in general.  what do you think?  should we [who can attend] do this?

Message from your host, Kristin N.: Just like protesters in Wisconsin are doing, we have to stand up right now and defend ourselves against attacks on the American Dream. Once again, Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage, proposing a federal budget that would would cut 700,000 to 1 million jobs from our communit…(more)ies and slash funding to support preschool and college students, pregnant women, unemployed workers, and much more. This isn’t a budget, it’s a slap in the face to the public workers, services, and institutions making the American Dream.

{ I’m posting this again on its own }

eateroftrees:

PEOPLE PEOPLE: USE THIS TAG MORE.

Really, if something has content that needs a trigger warning, you should be sticking a cut in and putting a warning before the cut so people can avoid it; it’s pretty easy to accidentally read something bad even when there is a warning on it, just because, say, you’re scrolling up instead of down, or you glance away from your computer and when you look back your eyes go to the wrong spot.

[image above: section of a screenshot of the “Text Post” box on tumblr.  highlighted is the “Insert ‘read more’ break” button, in between the “Spell Checker” button and the “HTML Source” button.]

signal boost.  and i apologize for all the times i’ve failed about this.

(Source: thenameoftheworms)

[image: tweet from @jennnnie that reads: “Why is a 3% tax increase on the richest considered “socialism” but a 14% pay cut on the middle class is “doing your part?” #wiunion”]

[image: tweet from @jennnnie that reads: “Why is a 3% tax increase on the richest considered “socialism” but a 14% pay cut on the middle class is “doing your part?” #wiunion”]

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