Single Payer System or Health Care for All!

Sonya Collins

With “Obama Care” plan getting more negative attention and millions of Americans without health insurance, it’s time to zero in on the Single Payer Health Care System or Medicare for all. The president’s health care plan mandates Americans to have health insurance and if they don’t have it, they can be monetarily penalized. Read the rest of this entry »

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Broome County IDA – Transferring the Wealth

by Dave Duncan

The Office of the New York State Comptroller has issued a report that exposes the Broome County Industrial Development Agency (BCIDA) as an agency that exists to transfer wealth from the working class to preferred large developers.

An analysis of the report shows that the BCIDA is a tool of the ruling local capitalists who are out to make a buck by getting millions in tax concessions while local residents see destructive cuts in public jobs, public services and money for schools. Read the rest of this entry »


Simple Economics

Why America is failing explained in simple English

US Gross Domestic Product:                                   $14,580,000,000,000

Income for the top 20%:                                             $13,559,400,000,000

Income for the bottom 80%:                                    $1,020,600,000,000

Taxes for the top 1%:                                                                                   15%

Taxes for the bottom 99%:                                                                    40%

United States Tax Revenue:                                     $2,170,000,000,000

Fed Budget:                                                                        $3,820,000,000,000

Now, remove 8 zeroes and pretend it’s a household budget

Annual Family Income:                                                                   $145,800

Dad’s Income:                                                                                          $135,594

Mom’s Income:                                                                                         $10,206

Dad’s Household Contribution:                                                          15%

Mom’s Household Contribution:                                                      40%

Combined Household Contribution:                                      $21,700

Total Household Expenses:                                                          $38,200

Amount Dad is willing to pull from his Vegas fund,                                   for Grandmas’ doctor and our kid’s education:                     $0

Stop the insanity. If the rich don’t want to pay their fair share, it’s time for them to find a new place to live!


Occupy Binghamton Prepares for May Day

May 1st Global Strike

by Dina Bryn

Although Occupy Binghamton (OB) campers were evicted from Liberty Park (corner of State and Court Street) this winter the OB movement continues to inform of our current economic crisis, the reasons behind it, and the ways we can help. OB currently holds regular general assembly meetings, rallies and trainings and is preparing for the upcoming May Day – May 1st Global Strike.  May Day is a world-wide general strike, no work, housework, school, banking, shopping or trading for that day. OB will hold May Day events in downtown Binghamton such as free food and activities. Read the rest of this entry »


Clean Green

By Julie O’Boyle

If you would rather skip playing mad scientist/chemist, there are plenty of great natural “green” cleaning products already out on the market. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, Seventh Generation, and Full Circle are just a few and they are all good…I use Mrs. Meyers products and love them, they come in a variety of delectable scents as well.

Also, try to avoid using disposable products that just add to the landfills. When cleaning use old t-shirts, sheets, and rags instead of paper towels. Then all you have to do is wash the rags and they are ready for many uses.

So folks that’s really all you need and you will get that dirty job done in a simple, safe and pleasant fashion. Everything will look, smell, and BEE clean!! Speaking of Bees [even if we weren’t], just want to bring to your attention that our BEES are in serious trouble. we all need to do our part and help save the Bees and in turn ourselves and life on Earth as we know it and BEE kind and gentle w/ the environment and the products we use, and that applies to everything ,not just cleaning products…but it’s a good place to start.  Everything we do, no matter how small, if it’s good and right and safe for people, animals and the planet…..then it can’t be wrong or bad. So, good luck and go for it!!   Oh yeah, and get this place cleaned up before Mom gets home!!

 

 


Dr. Jill Stein Visits Binghamton

By: Kai Raub

Green Party presidential candidate and presumptive nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, visited the Two Rivers Bookstore in Binghamton on March 24th.  Stein spoke to a group consisting of supporters and interested individuals for approximately an hour, casting light onto her previous involvement and accomplishments within the political arena of Massachusetts, discussing key components of her policy platform such as the Green New Deal, and speaking to the ludicrous injustices currently being perpetuated via the corporate controlled duopoly otherwise known as the Democrats and Republicans. Following Dr. Jill Stein’s speech was a question and answer session and everyone was able to question Stein on her stances of certain policies, the goals of her campaign, and her solutions to the complex issues that plague the common man in his daily pursuits. The crowd reacted in an extremely positive manner to both the speech and question and answer session, embracing the distinct differences between Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party and the nominees of both major corporate parties, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. “Thanks for getting Jill Stein here. I liked her a lot and I know I can vote for her, which makes me feel good. I didn’t think I was going to vote at all.” said Sonya Collins, a nurse and community activist.  Stein’s strong stance against corporate personhood, corporate tax evasion, and the placement of profit motives over the general welfare of the people also garnered a lot of enthusiastic support. Ron Jones, the Broome County Move to Amend coordinator, was especially attracted to Steins’ anti-corporate greed message, stating “I’ve never heard the Democrats or Republicans speak up against corporate power.” Dr. Jill Stein’s arrival in Binghamton also played a crucial role in the recent mobilization of Greens within Broome County. Broome County Greens are currently working on certifying their new local chapter with the state and national party, running candidates for local offices during the 2012 election cycle, and direct action efforts focused on tackling the widespread social and economic injustice within the greater Binghamton area. General meetings for the Broome County Green Party are held every Thursday at the Two Rivers Bookstore in Binghamton, located on Conklin Avenue, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Anyone interested is encouraged by the chapter to join them in their work to bring about positive and effective change to the region.

 


We Need A Minimum Wage That is a Living Wage!

Responding to NYS Assembly Speaker Silver’s Call for a Minimum Wage of $8.50/hour the Tompkins County Workers’ Center Calls for a Minimum Wage That Is a Living Wage!

Ithaca, NY—The Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) agrees with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other lawmakers in Albany that the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour cannot cover the basic needs of workers in New York. However, the minimum wage proposed by Speaker Silver, $8.50 an hour, is not enough of a change: it is time to embrace a Living Wage as the Minimum Wage.

The TCWC, originally called the Living Wage Coalition, proposes that the Minimum Wage be raised to $12.78/hour. $12.78 an hour is the Living Wage that is calculated biannually by Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca as the amount that a single person working 40 hours per week, without health insurance, needs to make in order to provide their basic human needs without accessing governmental services.
Raising the minimum wage to a Living Wage would meaningfully stimulate the economy; lower-earning workers spend their increased wages on necessary goods and services, thereby creating more jobs. Such workers would pay down their debts more successfully and pay increased taxes benefitting state and local government.

Says TCWC Community Organizer, Linda Holzbaur: “I ask you to really put yourself in the shoes of the full time worker with a family to support, living on $8.50 an hour. How could you possibly make ends meet? Anything less than a Living Wage in a wealthy society such as ours is simply unconscionable.”

Contact:
Tompkins County Workers’ Center

607-269-0409 or
607-339-1680