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March 30, 2011

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Notes FROM SUNY/CUNY PRESS CONFERENCE at the rally …3:24 p.m.

GOV. CUOMO AND THE LEGISLATURE ARE IGNORING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE…

TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST NYers but massive CUTS TO Suny/Cuny…

IN ORDER FOR DEMCRACY TO WORK EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN MUST HAVE A QUALITY AFFORDABLE EDUCATION …

EDUCATION IS OUR FUTURE…WE WON’T GIVE UP ON THIS FIGHT…

“GOV. CUOMO SOLD OUT STUDENTS”, IS THEIR MESSAGE.

 

ZEE SAYS LOTS OF POLICE…(…did they come to arrest the real perps? The folks who wrote this crazy budget?)

 

 

 

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3:10 p.m.

From: susanzimet@gmail.com
To: gioia shebar

People all over chanting
This is what democracy looks like
All the years never saw anything like it.
Here are some chants:

Protect our children not the millionaires

Whose capitol. Our capitol
Let the people in
Let the people in. Let the people in


The people united will never be defeated

We will not forget.  This is only the beginning

Whose capitol. Our capitol
Let the people in
Protect our children not the millionaires

Whose capitol. Our capitol
Let the people in

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 2:57 pm

2:57 P.M.

People are coming from campuses around state….   suny- cuny press conference soon…people are from all over the place…zee’s tears are flowing…I can hear it on the phone…a single mother moved closer to a good school for her child’s sake… Now Cuomo’s budget will close the school…a snap of the Albany finger and a family is traumatized….…another parent cried that they’re cutting the busing…she needs to work so how will her child get to school???

 

…2:56 P.M.

….Back to our talented 4th grader, Anna…..Zee said that the enrichment programs being cut had been educating  the children  in Anna’s school for 25 years …now Anna’s generation will forfeit the enlightenment that a whole generation of people received…who could possibly desire such a dreadful outcome??!! This is the budget from hell.

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2:31p.m.   

Sen. Parker…Sen. Duane… BOTH addressed the crowds:

“We’re voting NO today”…(good for you senators)

Shouts and chants MAKE IT HARD TO FOLLOW BUT HERE’S some  themes …

..”don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class…

Affordable housing…let’s not impoverish renters…let’s keep organizing, and organizing, and organizing…we need to protect working families…”

ZEE reports THE SPEAKER, ELIZA SAMPSON  IS SAYING, WE’LL REMEMBER THIS, Gov. Cuomo…WE PUT YOU IN..WE’LL TAKE YOU OUT….(WHOA!!)

A teacher is speaking now: She is saying,

“GOV. CUOMO YOU LIE”…44 TEACHERS LOST…NO more SPANISH FOR class for 7TH GRADE…

 

The speakers are lining up right now…masses of them…VOX POPULI…

 

 

 

 

 

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NOW  1:52 …AQE press conference on the impact of the governor’s budget on K through 12…our kids are at risk…let’s hope the Gov. is listening….

4th floor is overflowing with citizens from around the state…

Expecting a Press Conf. on rent stabilization soon…(Do we really want NYS to be the homeless capital of the nation, Gov.?)

(I’m on the line with ZEE listening live..)

People are chanting….the schedule is being read…these citizens will be sleeping in the capital  all night…”we’re here today because this budget is heartless”….

Anna…a nine year old scholar is speaking to the governor right now …all her enrichment is being taken away…art, music, Odyssey of the mind, science fair….

Anna says “Standing with me are all the thousands of students who …” and here she mentions all the programs that would be cut from thousands of students…(heartbreaking)

 

“I hear you are taking money from our programs to give to millionaires”….from the mouths of babes, Gov.

“How in the world can you do that??” cries Anna.

The crowd is cheering Anna… they booed Cuomo’s cuts.

Anna says her favorite teacher may be taken from her. She thanks her teachers. Tears are flowing.

We’re all SO proud of Anna…and ashamed of Albany.

Filed under: Updates — gioia @ 1:45 pm

ALERT!!! WHILE WRITING THE ESSAY on the budget (BELOW) I GOT A CALL FROM ZEE who is ON THE WAY TO THE PROTESTS IN ALBANY…YOU CAN read THE BUDGETand LEGISLATIVE STUFF LATER…

Here’s LIVE UP- DATES ON THE PROTESTS..

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LIVE notes from Albany…3/30/2011 1:31:10 PM

 

Closed down outside senate chambers…assembly gallery closed completely…closed down entrances…

 Talked with Jessica Wisneski…Citizen ActionNY…

she says (I’m paraphrasing because too much happening too fast…)

Lobbyists are allowed in all year …but on the most important day when the people come to their government…they’re shutting down and shutting us out…

 

People from all over the state are massing on the 4th floor of the capitol bldg… 1:45

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SO YOU THOUGHT PASSING THE BUDGET ON TIME WAS A GOOD THING…Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It might be if it were a good budget. This one is plenty of nothing… nothing for anybody but the Wall Street high rollers. So what else is new?

Well how about some stories from the front?

Since you asked —what about the news reports that Speaker Silver was beaten into submission by the mighty Cuomo club? (Thanks to my Freudian analyst friend who gave me the wording.)

How can you tell ANYTHING about the notoriously inexpressive Speaker? Beware the bland one. I would bet what looks like the Speaker’s submissiveness is just the prelude for “His Inscrutableness” to turn  around and take a big bite out of somebody’s complacent ass.

The Cuomo budget is a big sloppy wet kiss for the Comm. to “Save” NY- (get out of my head, Dr. Freud) that collection of guys who scarfed up everything in the way of tax breaks and left nothing for property taxpayers or anybody else…but there is still revenge by legislation.

Both Assemblyman Cahill and Senator Bonacic have bills that would address the fecal-load of property taxes crushing the middle class. 

We’re supporting the Bonacic bill which asks for a millionaire’s tax to fund our Omnibus circuit breaker…I have always supported Cahill’s bill that would transfer most school funding to the state where it belongs…imagine the bliss …well, keep on imagining kid because in the 6 years I’ve been supporting the Cahill bill it hasn’t budged an inch.

Will Sen. Bonacic fight for his excellent bill?

WE IN Omnibus  certainly will… and I hope the Senator is out there cutting deals as I write…the battle for tax equity has just begun.

Speaking of battles…there’s a lot of great protests going on today at the capital. Already quite a few citizens have been arrested in past days protesting the “billionaire rescue” the new governor has made the centerpiece of his first months in office.

What ever happened to women and children first?…or even men who aren’t incorporated in the Cayman Islands?

The Cuomo lifeboats seem to be filled with bespoke suits and hand-made shoes from Milano.

Speaking of Milano…I used to love dragging old Mussolini into my comparisons. Now I can’t even use Il Duce when it is so tempting to do so…it doesn’t seem fair since Cuomo and I are both of Italian descent which gives me license to transgress…but really, comparing people to dead dictators though tasty, isn’t rational or even true.

For example, our tax reform movement has been threatened repeatedly by aides to wanna-be tough guys- but so effing what!

We have been asked by the press why we aren’t afraid of retribution. Retribution?

What, they’re going to take away our birth control pills?

I was a kid in Fascist Italy and, honey, if checking our tax returns (don’t think they won’t cause they probably will ) is the scariest thing this crowd in the governor’s office can get up to, we will most likely survive to keep up the struggle for tax equity.

 

Why am I not in jail protesting the current lousy budget? Believe me I’ve had my jail overnighter packed since 1960…the strikes, the civil rights marches…all that good stuff… and never managed to get arrested. I’ll probably finally make the cut over a traffic violation…not the way to get into the history books!

Just got the word from ZEE…she’s on her way to Albany and will be sending me instant news …time out to blog the scene which will come before this essay.

 

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