33 North For Change

Organizing Hollywood for Change

7 Actions March 15, 2009

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 3:37 am

There are several we’d like you to know about, and we hope you’ll participate. These are locally based, important action opportunities, with links, dates, and/or contact info.

STIMULUS ON YOUR MIND???? Me, too.
For an independent view of how our local governments are spending stimulus dollars, go to “Stimulus Watch“; a non-governmental web site that is tracking projects paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Another stimulus announcement is listed near the bottom of this email – Don’t miss it!

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STOP THE BANKS FROM GIVING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO WALMART FOR ANTI UNION ACTIVITIES.

Last fall, Congress authorized a massive bailout for the financial industry – $750 billion to be distributed without restrictions on how it could be spent. At the time, CREDO activists asked Congress to impose guidelines on banks for spending our tax dollars. But Congress didn’t listen. And now we’re paying the price.

This week, Citigroup spent some of its $50 billion in bailout money to organize big corporations to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act – a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and benefits. According to the Huffington Post, Citigroup’s retail analyst Deborah Weinswig participated in a conference call for corporate interests working to kill the bill.

Just a few weeks ago, Weinswig gave the Wal-Mart a favorable 9.5 rating out of 10. But now, in a cynical bid to stoke public fears that stronger unions will have an adverse affect on stock values, Citigroup downgraded Wal-Mart’s rating from “Buy” to “Hold.” It is unacceptable that banks like Citigroup and Bank of America have been spending our tax dollars to fight for legislation that boosts corporate profits at the expense of the middle class.

If these banks don’t stop misspending their TARP money immediately, they should not receive another dime. Please sign the petition!

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/banks_efca/?r_by=2982-199445-fyPaC0x&rc=confemail

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PLEASE SUPPORT THE ARTS and a new bill sponsored by Assemblymember Paul Krekorian: AB700, the Creative Industries and Community Revitalization Act 2010.
www.californiaartsadvocates.org

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If you are in City Council District 4, Tom LaBonge:

CD4 COMMUNITY CONGRESS
Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm join Councilmember Tom LaBonge for a Community Congress on the city’s budget challenges. Dinner and Refreshments will be served starting at 6pm with the meeting at 6:30pm. Los Angeles Zoo (Witherbee Auditorium) 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
HELP NEEDED ON FUTURE EVENTS
The FHRA, Franklin Hills Residents Association, in partnership with LILA School and Prospect Studios is working on plans for a neighborhood day of service, such as a stairway cleanup on May 2, 2009. We need your help to identify the stairways most in need of attention. Please e-mail us at FHRA@FranklinHills.org with your suggestions for areas that need a bit of TLC.

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ATTEND A MEETING TO UNDERSTAND AND ACT ON THE STIMULUS:
Original Message—–
From: Assemblymember Bass <speaker.bass@assembly.ca.gov>
Sent: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:07 pm
Subject: You’re Invited: Economic Stimulus Town Hall & Water Forum

Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass

Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0047
(916) 319-2047
Fax: (916) 319-2147
District Office:
5750 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 565
Los Angeles, CA
90036
(323) 937-4747
Fax: (323) 937-3466

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