Media Advisory October 1, 2012
Contact: Carl Ginsburg 917 405-1060 http://www.RobinHoodTax.org
11 a.m. Tuesday, October 2
Robin Hood Campaign to Visit Rep. Charlie Rangel On National Day of Action for Tax on Wall Street
Members of organizations and unions campaigning for a Robin Hood tax -- nurses, Health GAP, ACT UP, VOCAL-NY, Healthcare for the 99%, QUEEROCRACY, Student Global AIDS Campaign -- and other community activists will mark the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in New York with a visit to the office of Rep. Charlie Rangel on Tuesday, October 2. The visit is part of a national day of action seeking pledges of support for a Robin Hood tax, a call for Wall Street banks and other financial giants to begin to pay back for the damage they caused to the economy and to heal Main Street communities.
In the visits, planned at offices of 18 Congress members in seven states, the Robin Hood tax campaign will urge Congress members to endorse H.R. 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, introduced recently in Congress by Rep. Keith Ellison.
The visit is scheduled for October 2, 11 a.m., at Rep. Rangel’s campaign office: 163 West 125th Street, Suite 737, New York City.
H.R. 6411, a sales tax on Wall Street speculation, would generate up to $350 billion in revenue annually to be used to rebuild Main Street communities as well as to fund international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.
TARP is the program passed at the height of the Wall Street meltdown, which resulted in hundreds of billions of tax dollars handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”. These very financial institutions that received the bailouts – some of the funds made their way into executive bonus packages -- have failed the American people, say the Robin Hood tax campaigners.
Actions will also be held at offices of Congress members in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada.
Thousands March for Robin Hood Taxes, Against Free Trade, For Women's Rights, Harm Reduction, & Against Stigma
Nearly 10,000 AIDS activists marched on the White House Demanding full funding for AIDS. One contingent with many participants dressed as Robin Hood tack a manifesto calling for a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street trades to fund AIDS, Healthcare, jobs and tackle green house gases, to the doors of Bank of America. The tax, also known as the Robin Hood tax, is a "pin prick tax" very small, but because of many trades, would generate hundreds of billions of dollars annually in the US alone.
Five contingents stressing different aspects of the AIDS crisis converged on the White House. All were united in their demands, but took the opportunity of a multiprong march to highlight the many dimensions of the crisis. Stigma, lack of human rights, failure of the system to maximize harm reduction and pharmaceutical company greed were all a part of one of the largest AIDS specific demonstrations in many years.
Monday, September 17th is the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's birth. Activists from Occupy are calling for a mass demonstration by groups opposed to Wall Street's greed under the banner, "All Roads Lead to Wall Street". Occupy helped celebrate our Robin Hood Tax anniversary action last April, joined on buses to the International AIDS conference protests in Washington in July, let's celebrate their 1st year anniversary with them. Join ACT UP, Vocal New York, National Nurses United and others to once again demand a Robin Hood Tax to fight AIDS (aka a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall St., stock, bond, currency and derivative trades). Our demand for a Financial Transaction Tax is gaining steam. We are having 2 demonstrations that day. Come to one, or both.
- Join us in a mass legal demonstration on Monday September 17th at 7am. Assemble at Broadway and Wall in front of Trinity Church.
- And/or join us at a rally and march at noon, also on Monday September 17th at Zuccotti Park.
Take the A, C train to Broadway Fulton, the N stop at Rector. It may be hard to get to Trinity from 4, 5 to Wall St. and 2, 3 Wall St. N stop at Rector
Check our facebook at ACT UP New York, twitter feed (@actupny) or http://actupny.com, for details. Call 212-966-4873 for information.
On the eve of a major march calling for a tiny Robin Hood tax on Wall St. trades, hundreds gathered to listen to a debate over: Is continued HIV/AIDS funding a good investment even in a resource contrained environment?" between Jeffery Saches with Michael Sidibe(for) vs. Roger England and Mead Over (against). England and Over argued more lives could be "purchased" on other cheaper diseases, while Saches and Sidibe argued AIDS is a good investment that has brought many health gains in other areas health. Clinics have been built that serve many people other than people with HIV/AIDS. Both Saches and Sidibe reiterated their support for a financial transaction tax to fund global AIDS.
East Coast AIDS activists are prepared to pour into the streets today. Twenty-one buses packed with AIDS activists departed from New York, a dozen from from Philadelphia and even a bus from the newly revived ACT UP/Boston. Meanwhile thousands of AIDS conference attendees and local residence are expected to fill the streets.
The five wings of the march focus on major issue areas that are important to grass roots activists here.
They are: a financial transaction tax for funding AIDS, and contingents focusing on stigma and criminalization of HIV, pharmaceutical greed, women's issues, and harm reduction and human rights..