Upcoming August Actions Across the State!

Lots of great events coming up this month throughout the state! Below are just a few to check out!

Rally to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare

Who: Labor, its retirees, friends and supporters and the whole community

What: Rally to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare

When: Wednesday, August 5th at Noon

Where: Between 800 and 820 N. French Sts., Wilmington, DE 19801 (Courtyard between the City/County and Carvel State Office Buildings)

Why: Celebrate the great benefits we enjoy because of Medicare coverage

Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary Celebration

Who: Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, Delaware Sierra Club

What: Celebration of Voting Rights Act

When: Thursday, August 6th at 10am

Where: Peter Spencer Plaza, 800 North French Street Wilmington, DE

Why: This event will celebrate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and reflect on all the hard work that went into securing this landmark piece of legislation. We will also look forward at the work to expand voting rights through Same Day Registration.

Rally for Voting Rights

Who: Sussex Unity

What: Rally for Voting Rights

When: Thursday, August 6th at 6pm

Where: Georgetown on The Circle, 19947

Why: “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Votings Rights Act of 1965″

Community Organizer Study/Fellowship Group Meeting

Who: Pacem in Terris

What: Community Organizer Study Group

When: Thursday, August 13th, at 6pm

Where: Wilmington Friends Meetinghouse (401 N. West St, Wilmington, DE 19801)

Why: For young organizers to come together to study ideas of Strategic Nonviolence, proactive social change organizing, and movement-building. There is a focus on learning and teaching so members of the group can train/teach others.

Forum on “Keys to Delaware’s Economic Future”

Who: Delaware ADA

What: Forum on “Keys to Delaware’s Economic Future”

When: Tuesday, August 18th at 5:30pm

Where: Lewes Public Library (111 Adams Ave, Lewes, DE 19958)

Why: How can we further economic justice and a prosperous long-term economic future in Delaware? Flyer below

Collaboration with MWULYP Community Organizing Training Program

Delaware ADA is grateful to the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals for setting up this Community Organizer Training program and giving Delaware ADA the opportunity to collaborate and co-sponsor this event.

I am energized by the packed room of leaders who came each night for the 1-week training program where we worked on Public Narrative, Relationship Building, Leadership Development, Strategy, and Taking Action.

 

Thank you to all the community leaders and elected officials who took the time to address the group.

Click here for the full list of photos

—Drew

Lively Discussion of DE’s Budget and What We Can Do

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Last night in Newark around 30 people came together to talk with Rep. Paul Baumbach about the issues with Delaware’s recently completed budget and what we can do from here. Click here for the story by Tom Lehman on WDEL to see more quotes from Rep. Baumbach and Sen. Townsend at the event.

Rep. Baumbach explained how this year Delaware faced a $60 million budget shortfall, and next year’s budget faces a projected gap of $160 million. He said we had 3 choices: 1. Make only cuts to the budget, 2. Raise revenues, and 3. A mix of cuts and revenue increases.

Rep. Baumbach said “With a $160 million hole, there is no doubt in my mind that we need additional revenues.”

Rep. Baumbach said in 2009 the General Assembly faced a big budget shortfall, but they had more ways to cut down expenses since there had been very few cuts before that year. However, every year since 2009, Delaware has been trimming away and it’s harder and harder to find appropriate areas to cut. So he said we have to raise some revenues in order to maintain all the programs and projects we all care for.

Rep. Baumbach said compared to other states in our region, we have much lower tax rates, so we should consider adding tax brackets for those earning $125,000 and $250,000 a year. Maryland’s top tax bracket is $250,000, and New Jersey’s is $500,000.

“Bringing it up to the $125,000 or $250,000 range is fair and is well in line with what our neighbors are doing,” he said.

After Rep. Baumbach’s presentation and Q&A we had breakout groups planning possibilities that can boost the economy and address the budget shortfall. We had groups talk about 1. Fair Wages and Benefits, 2. Taxing Concentrated Wealth, and 3. Public Investment to Spur Job Growth.

We have much work ahead to propel a fair and equitable budget, so we are lucky to have such a strong group of support!

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Click here for more photos.

Photos From Rally for Long-Term Budget Solutions

On the last day of the legislative session, we called for long-term budget solutions that both addressed immediate needs and built toward a robust long-term economic future that support the middle class.

We thank County Executive Tom Gordon and Claire Snyder-Hall for speaking!

Here’s some quotes from the News Journal. “The rich are getting richer,” Gordon said. “The poor are getting poorer.”

“We cannot afford cuts to senior centers, fire companies,” said Claire Snyder-Hall. “We need to raise revenue.”

We resisted the idea that the state had to rely on cuts to services and using 1-time funding.

The budget issues will be bigger next year, so we will continue the struggle for our three keys. Click here to listen to Delaware ADA Organizer, Drew Serres describe these keys on 105.9.

1.Raising wages – so people can afford to spend on goods and services

2. A progressive income tax – where those in the top 2% pay a little more so we can invest it in jobs

3. Public investment – in roads, public transit, and clean energy + support for small businesses

Fantastic photos by Amy Roe. Click here for more photos.

Also, here’s a video of the rally.

Issues with DE’s Budget and What We Can Do

DelawROE-2015-06-30-0091are’s recently finalized budget will continue our economic inequality.

We had an opportunity to implement long-term budget solutions that both addressed immediate needs and built toward a robust long-term economic future that support the middle class (e.g. a progressive income tax, raising wages, and public investment). Instead the budget focused on cuts with few ways to produce additional revenue.

A group of courageous legislators voted against the budget to voice the need for long-term solutions.

On Monday night at 5:30pm at the Newark Free Library we will hear fromPaul Baumbach, State Representative and others as they highlight the issues with the budget and present a cohesive economic vision for Delaware.

Contact Your Legislator For Tax Fairness in DE!

Delaware is facing a budget gap, and Delaware has a huge opportunity to implement strong long-term legislation that supports the future of this State.

However, currently the General Assembly is considering using 1-time funding (from the financial settlement) and taking money from county and municipal governments.

Instead, Delaware ADA supports Rep. Kowalko’s bill to add tax brackets for those making $125,000 and $250,000 which would generate $30 – $70 million for the state (which we could use for public investment in jobs and our schools).

Please contact both your Representative and Senator to let them you support fair taxes for Delaware as a key solution to our budget!