NC JUSTICE NEWS, March 9: Health Care rally this Thursday and more


March 9 , 2010



TAKE ACTION: Pro-health care rally in Raleigh this Thursday

The anti-everything forces have come out of the woodwork to prevent Americans from having fair access to quality, affordable health care. This Thursday, March 11, supporters of health reform have an opportunity to make our voices heard.

The so-called "tea party" crowd will hold an anti-health-care rally in front of Congressman Bob Etheride's office. To send a clear message that these individuals do not speak for the majority of North Carolinians, numerous groups are organizing a counter-rally.

Show your support for health reform: join us!

WHEN: This Thursday, March 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting at the corner of Fayetteville St and East Davie St., 300 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh.

For more information, click here. Can't make the rally? Sign the Health Care Can't Wait petition.


HEALTH CARE: It's indisputable: the public wants reform

You'll hear any number of statistics thrown around about how the public feels about health care. Usually, this is broken down into pro-and anti-reform numbers -- who likes the current bill, and who doesn't.

Chris Fitzsimon went a step further, breaking down poll numbers. Turns out 37 percent of the people who express skepticism about the bill don't think it goes far enough.

The public wants -- indeed, demands -- health care.


NEW ONLINE: Follow the Justice Center on Facebook & Twitter

This month, the Justice Center launched a new Facebook page. Hundreds of people have signed up to become fans, which helps us get out our message. Want to help? If you're a Facebook user, there are two ways you can:

BECOME A FAN: If you're logged in to Facebook, you can click here to become a fan of the Justice Center. Show your support and get regular updates right to your news feed.

SUGGEST: Go to the Justice Center page on Facebook. On the left side of the screen, under the Justice Center scales icon, there is a link that says "Suggest to Friends." Click the link to suggest that friends become fans as well. You can either click "All" to select all of your friends, you can just click on each of your friends that you think would be interested. Once you have selected your friends, click the blue "send invitations" button on the bottom left corner.

To get real-time regular updates from Justice Center and NC Policy Watch staff, you can also follow us on Twitter. Get news releases, quick observations and be the first to know when a new report is out. We also have a list of all Justice Center and Policy Watch staff who are using Twitter.

DEAN BAKER: Progressive economist in Raleigh, Durham on March 18

Please join Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and one of the nation’s leading progressive economists, for two events in Raleigh and Durham on March 18. Baker will speak at NC Policy Watch's afternoon "Crucial Conversation" prior to a reading at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham that evening.

Baker will discuss his new book False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy. False Profits recounts the causes of the economic meltdown, dissects the government’s inadequate responses to it, and offers a thoughtful progressive program for rebuilding the economy and reforming the financial system.

CRUCIAL CONVERSATION: Thursday, March 18, 2010
(Registration @ 12:00 pm, presentation begins at 12:30 and concludes by 2:00 pm)
–Note special time — One-half hour later than usual
Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Cost: $10 (includes a box lunch) Pre-registration required

EVENING EVENT: Thursday, March 18th at 7 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St  Durham, NC 27705

Dean Baker is author of several books, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy, The United States Since 1980, The Conservative Nanny State, and Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot). A columnist for the Guardian, The American Prospect, and, Baker writes regularly for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the Financial Times, and appears frequently on National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, and PBS’s NewsHour.

Register here.


DISABILITY RIGHTS: Presence is Progress in Carrboro

This past Saturday was the first of two “mobilization” events, art and activism forays for people with disabilities and their allies.  “Presence is Progress” began March 6  at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300 East Main Street in Carrboro. The City of Chapel Hill has an information page.

Presence Is Progress was conceived by the artist as a series of collective mobilizations / performances to encourage community bonding, public awareness, dialog and questioning. Each mobilization will utilize different pathways and sidewalks between Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The mobilizations are designed to highlight existing and new relationships between the participants, the participants and the surrounding architectural infrastructure, and the participants and the observers who witness the mobilizations.

The next Presence is Progress event takes place March 27.


JOBS: You can't cut your way to prosperity

In any recession, the cries to cut everything -- including vital services and rich folks' tax rates -- start to rise up. The problem? This not only doesn't work, it's counterproductive.

Evidence has shown this for years. Now, the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities has a new report, “The Zero-Sum Game: States Cannot Stimulate Their Economies by Cutting Taxes,” by Iris Lav. It mentions North Carolina in the process of proving that wholesale tax cuts just don’t stimulate the economy.

The real way to stimulate the economy is to invest in families and communities, building prosperity by providing access to opportunity.



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