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Walk to Stop the War on the Poor

Posted May 29, 2012, at 11:59 a.m.

Walk to Stop the War on the Poor

Saturday, June l6th

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Rally at Peirce Park (next to Library), Bangor

Followed by 2 mile walk

Bangor — Area organizations plan to join together for a Walk to Stop the War on the Poor on June l6th from 12:00 – 2:00 at Peirce Park (next to the Bangor Public Library) to call for budget priorities to support the growing number in need. This will not be a fundraising walk, but rather a walk to raise awareness about how balancing the budget on the backs of the poor is in fact a “war” on the neediest and to call attention to sensible alternatives. The two mile walk past agencies serving those in need will follow a short rally. The public is invited to bring signs expressing their concerns.

Co-sponsors include H.O.M.E., Maine Association of Interdependent Neighborhoods (MAIN), Maine Equal Justice Project, Pax Christi, Maine, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peace & Justice of Northern Maine, Peace in Community Alliances (PICA), Peninsula Peace & Justice, Waterville Area Bridges for Peace & Justice, Consumer Council System of Maine and Occupy Bangor.

How is this war on the poor waged as inequality grows?

While there is a loss of living wage jobs — unemployment benefits are CUT

While there is a lack of educational opportunities — funding for education is CUT

While there is a lack of support — food stamp benefits are CUT, Maine Care is CUT, Headstart is CUT, Heating assistance is CUT

The poor are blamed to hide the truth about state and federal budget priorities:

Taxes for the top 1% are CUT

Banks are bailed OUT

50 % of tax dollars are spent on waging wars and the military

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