Thursday, August 2,2012

By Cap CityMembers of a Springfield activist group held a sit-in this week at U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson’s office to protest tax breaks that they say benefit only the very wealthy. While Johnson’s current district doesn’t include Springfield, a new district redrawn last year will do just that. Action Now Springfield traveled to the

Republican congressman’s office in Champaign ahead of a crucial vote in the U.S. House on extending the tax cuts passed under former president George W. Bush. Protestors urged Johnson to support President Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would extend tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. “We all know trickle-down economics doesn’t work,” said Springfield resident Sonya Trader, who attended the sit-in. “When the rich get big tax cuts, the money stays in their stock portfolio and never trickles down to the rest of us. Rep. Johnson should extend the tax cuts for the middle class, not the rich.  That’s fair. This means putting more money in the hands of consumers who will buy local goods and services.”Image

About actionnowillinois

Action Now Illinois’s mission is to organize working families and strengthen their voices on issues of racial, social and economic justice. Action Now is active on issues that include foreclosure and vacant properties, school improvement, access to health care, living wage jobs, utility costs, immigrant rights, public safety, (both antiviolence and criminal justice reform), and environmental justice. Action Now Illinois is a member-driven organization. Our issue campaigns come out of listening to community residents through regular monthly meetings, engaging the base by going door-to-door and mobilizing all residents to take part in their community. Our leadership development includes formal leadership training and the active involvement by members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of issue campaigns. Action Now Illinois members are committed to fight for equal rights, equal services, and equal justice for working families. To become a member of Action Now; call (217) 528-1356 or e-mail!
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