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A Minnesota based Palestinian Solidarity Coalition

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Friday March 7th

Posted by Administrator on March 6, 2008

 U.S. Weapons Used on Unarmed, Innocent Women,Children, Civilians:  GAZA, SOMALIA , ECUADOR, and  Locally Human Needs Suffer as Welfare Rights are Threatened.

EMERGENCY DEMO AND/OR CALL CONGRESS

MORE THAN 100 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN 6 DAYS, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN!
The U.S. is again attacking SOMALI villages, killing women and children and claiming they are attacking Al Qaeda with “precision, strategic, targeted” bombs.  Also, U.S.-backed Colombian forces have made illegal incursions into the sovereign nation of ECUADOR! This while the most vulnerable in society suffer as WELFARE RIGHTS are threatened locally.

 STOP THE BOMBING!
 
Come to the emergency demo:
STAND UP AGAINST U.S. WEAPONS AND DIRECT OR CLIENT-STATE WAR CRIMES!

 4:15-5:30 P.M.  FRIDAY, MARCH 7

SUMMIT & SNELLING AVENUES, ST PAUL

Call the Capitol Switchboard to reach your Senators or Congressional Representatives: (202) 224-3121
And on a local level, women and children, immigrants in Minnesota suffer needlessly due to cuts in their funding and being required to perform workfare (which is comparable to “slave labor.’)

Welfare Rights sends this request to you today.

CALL these Minnesota-state legislators TODAY to demand a hearing!

This year, the Welfare Rights Committee and others have bills to undo some of the terrible cuts to programs for poor families and immigrants. Our bills also outlaw workfare and call for the first welfare grant increase in 22 years. Most important, our bills use federal welfare money for welfare families, NOT to fill in a budget hole!

But we cannot get hearings on our bills in the House (and, maybe even not in the Senate) policy committee.

Please call these Representatives.
–Paul Thissen (DFL) 63A – Richfield. (651) 296-5375.
Thissen is the chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee. THISSEN IS REFUSING TO GIVE THE BILLS A HEARING.
–Thomas Huntley (DFL) 07A – Duluth. (651) 296-2228.
Huntley is the chair of the HHS Finance division.
–Margaret Anderson Kelliher (DFL) 60A – Mpls. (651) 296-0171. Speaker of the House.

Leave them messages saying:
–I insist that you work to grant hearings to House File 3616 and House File 3618 before the committee deadline (March 14). These are the bills that use TANF money for TANF families. (FOR THISSEN SAY: I insist you give a hearing for HF…… )
–It’s not right that the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee is only hearing Pawlenty’s DHS bills and not the bills to actually help poor families.
–Work to schedule more hearings so all the bills can be heard!

Please call Senator Marty:
Senator John Marty (DFL) District 54 – Roseville. (651)296-5645. Chair of Senate Health, Housing and Family Security policy committee.
Leave a message saying:
–I insist that you grant hearings to Senate Files 3290 and 3242 before the committee deadline (March 14). These are the bills that use TANF money for TANF families.
–We appreciate your scheduling lots of hearings, so be sure you include these bills. They are critical to forestall the Republicans’ plans to steal welfare money.

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More info.and more calls you can make!
–The Governor and the Republicans have been spewing welfare-mother-bashing rhetoric as they talk about “using” (we call it stealing) welfare monies to solve the state budget deficit.
–Everything in these bills passed the full House and full Senate last year. Almost everything in these bills made into the final HHS bill, only to be vetoed by Governor Pawlenty.
–House chair Thissen is now claiming that we were supposed to request hearings on bills BEFORE the legislature started – BEFORE it was possible to get bills written up and BEFORE we could get sponsors. This is unheard of during our 16 years at the legislature – it is even worse than the stunts the Republicans pulled on us.why?
–In a time of recession, the state of Minnesota should be doing MORE to help the poor, not less.


The bills:
House Files 3616 & 3618, along with there Senate companions SF3290 and 3242.
1) Undo the Family Cap. Families who have additional children while on MFIP, see no grant increase. This punishes babies for being born.
2) Undo $50 Housing Cut to Welfare. Families who receive MFIP and live in subsidized housing have the monthly cash grant cut by $50. When you live 60% below the poverty line, $50 is serious money.
3) Completely Stop MA Co-pays. Many are going without healthcare or medicine because of inability to come up with the $1 – $10 for the Medical Assistance co-pay.
4) Stop Attacks on Immigrants. Concretely this can be done by allowing non-citizens to get basic healthcare, this year.
5) Provide extensions to the 5-year limit.
6) Provide more income support to working MFIP families by raising the “exit level.”
7) Raise the Grants. The welfare (MFIP and General Assistance) grants have not been increased since 1986 – 22 years! Meanwhile, the cost of living has risen by 89%.
8) Outlaw Workfare. Workfare forces MFIP parents to work for no pay in order to get the grant. Workfare is slave labor forced on parents just because they are poor. We say, if there is a job to be done, make it a real job with real wages and benefits!
TO TRACK THE BILLS ON THE WEB, GO TO
http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.asp
and type in hf3616 or hf3618 or sf3290 or sf3242

–If you like making calls, call all the DFL members of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee. Ask them to pressure chair Thissen to hear the bills!
Patti Fritz  651-296-8237
Julie Bunn   651-296-4244
Tina Liebling   651-296-0573
Diane Loeffler   651-296-4219
Erin Murphy   651-296-8799
Kim Norton   651-296-9249
Mary Ellen Otremba   651-296-3201
Maria Ruud   651-296-3964
Cy Thao   651-296-5158
Ken Tschumper   651-296-9278
Neva Walker   651-296-7152

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