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This is what democracy looks like in 2012.
THE FIRST PEOPLE’S CONVENTION in NEW ORLEANS
Join us at 1pm to 5pm-Saturday. October 27, 2012. Facebook Event
First Unitarian Universalist Church: 5212 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans
The First People’s Convention in New Orleans is where the 99%, not the 1%, sets the political agenda. We the people, as opposed to we the rich, have needs and interests that are in fundamental conflict with the 1%. We need, for example, low and moderate income housing, the right to organize ourselves into unions, living wage jobs, public education, an end to imperialist war, and an end to the rampant discrimination against and brutalization of African Americans.
Given the 1%’s domination of the leaders of the Republicans and the Democrats, the conventions of America’s two ruling parties cannot help but sacrifice the interests of the many to satisfy the seemingly boundless greed of the privileged few. To allow the Republicans and Democrats, in this time of economic crisis, to continue to monopolize the setting of the nation’s political agenda is a recipe for disaster for the 99 percent.
So why hold The First People’s Convention in New Orleans before the November 4th Presidential Election? Because the 99% cannot leave the creation of our political process to the 1%. Because the Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by the standing U.S. Congress and signed into law by the current President, guarantees that draconian cuts in federal funding for public services that we need and regressive tax increases that we don’t need will be the focus of Congressional activity during the weeks and months following, and we must defeat this. Because it is up to the people to create the political platform and process of a truly democratic government.
What should the People’s Agenda include?
Here are a few ideas to consider:
• A public works program open to all that pays a living wage.
• Democracy not oligarchy.
• Respecting the right of everyone to safe and decent housing.
• An end to brutalization of and discrimination against African Americans.
• Immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
• Selection for elections by the 99% rather than selection for elections by the 1%.
• Environmental justice rather than pillage of the environment.
We need your thought and ideas. Help Decide the People’s Agenda.
We hope to see you there!
For more information contact 504-377-5449
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