The Oregon Poor People's Campaign will be joining with Portland Democratic Socialists of America in a rally and action in Salem on Monday, May 21.
Governor Kate Brown is calling a special session to cut taxes for business owners. Join us to protest this tax cut for already wealthy individuals.
As reported in The Oregonian, this tax plan will mostly benefit high-income individuals making well over $200,000 a year. It would take away critical revenue needed to fund schools, affordable housing, and other vital services. Giving a tax break to wealthy business owners is moving us in the wrong direction. Our country and our state needs a fair, tax system that can provide the services we need. Our schools, our elders and the mentally ill have a hard time lobbying for services. We need to do it for them.
There are two possible Actions of the Week.
Action 1: Join the Oregon Poor People's campaign and the Portland Democratic Socialists of America at their rally on the Capitol steps to protest this special session for the wealthy. The rally is in Salem on Monday May 21 from12-1pm. Tell our state officials that we want our tax system to reflect our values!
Immediately following the rally, the Oregon Poor People's Campaign will lead people in an action that may result in civil disobedience; other participants may be witnesses. Watch for the email from the Oregon Poor People's Campaign that will have the RSVP link. Sign up here to receive the email.
Action 2: If you can't make it to Salem (or even if you can), let your Oregon legislators know that you do not want to see them pass this tax cut. You can do that here. Your email will give the legislators and Governor Brown some suggestions. They could make the tax cut revenue neutral, meaning it will not affect the Oregon State Budget. They can put a sunset date on the tax cut so it runs out a few years from now.
In Love and Faith,
Rev. Katie Larsell
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