Why we are demonstrating vs the Koch brothers and the Kansas Policy Institute
To the Mothers and Fathers of America
Mic Check at Brownback's dog and pony show on Childhood Poverty
More on Brownback's so called Town Hall on Childhood Poverty

WHAT DOES the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) SAY?
Costs of Personal Income Tax Repeal in Kansas
Take action against indefinite detention for American Citizens
We Are The 99%
Top 10 Banks that received baoilout money
A Message From Occupy Wall Street (Day Five)
How Governor Brownback’s policies have hurt the poor
ALEC Flyer
Mayday Flyer
Brownback Flier
Cispa Flier
War on Women Flier

Why we are demonstrating vs the Koch brothers and the Kansas Policy Institute

The Koch Brothers funnel money to create and fund organizations that support corporate greed over human needs. They are the 1%.

Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) has worked to implement the Koch agenda against State income tax, against public education, against public funding for the Arts and against health care reform and Medicaid. KPI opposed the 1% sales tax to support public education, which was widely supported by the community.

Organizations like the Kansas Policy Institute work on behalf of large corporations such as Koch Industries in order to place their needs at the top of our politicians’ to-do lists. One of the more recent examples of corporate fueled political corruption comes from a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court holding that the First Amendment protects unlimited corporate and union funding to political activities. This decision was reached after corporations like Koch utilized huge
amounts of money in order to influence this decision.

Rep. Mike Pompeo, KS 4th District, received more 2010 Koch money ($80,000) than anyone else in Congress. He worked as an intern for the KPI when it was called Flint Hills Public Policy Institute, which was formed by devotees of the libertarian Cato Institute, and has received millions of dollars from the Koch brothers over the years. Pompeo's chief of staff, Mark Chenoweth, was a lawyer for Koch Industries. Since being elected he has worked to gut the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing clean air and water regulations.

The Koch Brothers’ spending is structured such that it is difficult for the public to know the full range of their political influence. ~Brave New Films

The Kansas-based company and its affiliates and foundations spent almost $25 million on "organizations of the 'climate denial machine'" between 2005 and 2008. Koch Industries and the Koch family also spent $37.9 million between 2006 and 2009. ~Mother Jones

In 2010, the Koch Brothers gave over $1 million to defeat California’s State efforts to reduce global warming pollution and promote the growth of the state’s clean energy economy in Prop 23. ~Greenpeace

David Koch has given millions to the cause of cancer research while Koch Industries has lobbied against formal recognition of formaldehyde as a carcinogen. In 2005, Koch Industries bought Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s largest plywood manufacturers and a major formaldehyde producer. ~New Yorker

From 1999 through 2003, Koch Industries was assessed more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments. In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by mismeasuring the amount of crude it was extracting. Koch paid a $25 million settlement to the U.S. ~Bloomberg

Several of the living residents of Penn Road in Crossett, Ark, downstream from the Koch-owned, polluting Georgia Pacific plant are on breathing respirators, living with severe coughing spells and nausea. Other people, young and old have died of lung cancer. The city of Crossett has one of the leading incidences of exposure to
cancer-causing toxins in the nation. ~Brave New Films

This is a call to action for the people to protect themselves against power hungry corporations who seek to use their financial power to buy and sell our politicians and decrease the power of the people.

Corporate Greed
has got to go!
We are the 99%
We will not remain silent

Join us at Occupy Wichita, Lewis Reflection Park,
on Douglas, between Broadway and Market.
Gather weekends at noon
Weekdays-4:30 pm for signs and outreach
General Assembly at 6: 00pm
www.occupy-wichita.com
https://www.facebook.com/occupywichita?ref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Occupyict www.occupytogether.org

 

To the Mothers and Fathers of America:

This may not be clear to you yet, but those protestors out in the streets are your bravest children. They now hold the front for all of us in the centuries-old battle against tyranny. Many are fighting the corrupting influence of money in American politics, others against a system no longer functional for a majority that will only grow.

Some do not know exactly what they want--only that something has gone terribly wrong in a country in which they would like to believe. They have not articulated one focused message, or one set of demands--and they do not need to. This is not a battle of right against left, red against blue, or liberal against conservative. It is not made-for-TV politics. It is a battle of right against wrong. America has lost, in its political discourse and behavior, the ability to distinguish between the two. Many of its practitioners seem not to care.

Those who support this movement in all its myriad shapes, sizes, sexes, colors, ideologies, income levels, and nationalities--have no sound bite. They get the problem, in general, and are massing to change it. Like the old thinker, they would rather be approximately correct than precisely wrong.

They give their nights, their sleep, their weekends, and their comfort to fight an uncertain battle for you, for all your children. They face police lines and mainstream scorn. They face the indifference of the vast armies of complacency and distraction, who keep waiting for the channel to change, the web page to update, and this movement to end.

They face cynics who believe nothing will change, they face the often well intentioned defeatists who believe nothingcan change. They face politicians who patronize, tell them they don't understand--that they, the politicians, support the movement, even as they make plans with their police forces to clear them.

On Tuesday, October 25th in Oakland, California, Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine and Iraq veteran, standing beside another veteran, a naval officer in dress, was critically injured by a weapon used against him by a police officer from one of 17 jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area. A group of occupiers running away from the scene, amidst police flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets, rushed back when they saw Scott Olsen lying still on the ground. As they rushed in to pick him up--a dozen of your bravest, America--an unidentified officer tossed, from behind police ranks, another flash grenade at their feet. A handful of these unarmed protestors persisted, carrying Scott Olsen, dazed with a fractured skull, away from the police line, shouting for medics as the explosions and smoke recalled the nightmare of American battlefields.

Like this, the guns have again been turned back on your bravest children, most fighting only for the core values they were taught as children: people in need should be helped; democracy should be uncorrupted; citizens must gather in peace; and this country belongs to all of us, not a political elite increasingly indistinguishable from a financial and industrial corporate elite. Like all of us, they see clearly and abhor this crony capitalism now ascendent. They are doing something about it.

These are not trouble-making hippies, America--you mistake them as such at your peril. These are your better angels, trying to save you from yourself. They are your child that cannot help tell the truth, the sometimes inconvenient one that thinks of safety last and justice first. They are fighting the war that rages inside you when you see the circus on TV, in print, or online and can only shake your head. You ignore them, laugh at them, demean them, or discount them at your peril. They may be our last hope of transformation for this country reeling from war, from a crisis of confidence, from scandal, division, corruption, and poverty. Let no demagogue--especially talkers at the service of money and power--convince you, a thinking American, that these are not patriots of the truest kind.

So go out and support your children, America, and with them the fundamental ideas upon which this country was founded. Take a walk by the protest in your town at night, in the morning--drive by or bike past. Stop and talk to someone for a minute. Listen and watch. Gather your friends and neighbors. Everyone has their own place and their own role.

For every Scott Olsen, now lying in a hospital bed in critical condition, there should be 100,000 witnesses, who by their presence lend this movement strength and legitimacy.

As long as they occupy the centers of our cities, big and small, we--who wish to create a more perfect union--have an opening to change something vital, such as removing money from politics once and for all.

It is possible. It has been done elsewhere. These children have brought the season of democracy, the days and especially nights of renewing democracy, and they need your protection.

Even your bravest children need to feel your strong hands on their backs.
-------
a concerned American

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/27/1030675/-Your-Bravest-Children
Occupy Wichita, Lewis Park, Douglas, btw Broadway and Market
Weekdays: 4:30ish-signs and outreach
6pm-General Assembly
Weekends: Noon
1:30pm, Sat. Nov 5, Make the Banks Pay, B of A, Broadway & Douglas

 

Mic Check at Brownback's dog and pony show on Childhood Poverty

“Our lives begin to end the moment we become silent about things that matter.”   
                           ~Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.

They are calling this a town hall to find ways to help kids in poverty. First, this is not a town hall, as you will see, it is an orchestrated attempt to promote their $6.6 million “marriage initiative, a Cinderella/fairy tale solution in the face of increasing poverty, and massive long-term unemployment in Kansas and the country as a whole. 

Brownback, Siedlicki and Rector represent the 1% against the 99%. Siedlecki is closing SRS offices, slashing Medicaid benefits and services, cutting mental health, services to the elderly, nutrition programs and imposing draconian penalties for parents who fail to take part in work-preparation programs or meet other new agency requirements. These penalties will ultimately hurt children in poverty.

Brownback returned a $31.5 million federal grant to set up health care exchanges. He signed four bills restricting women’s reproductive rights and services. His government initiatives boil down to putting more money into the already stuffed pockets of the rich and their corporations, with tax exemptions and gradual elimination of the state income tax and corporate income tax, leading to higher sales and property taxes, which hit the working and poor people much harder.

There will be no opportunity for real dialogue with the speakers. This will be a dog and pony show to feign concern for poverty while they promote Heritage Foundation propaganda to a captive audience.

Brownback, Siedlecki and Rector offer no realistic solutions. They are blaming and punishing the victims of poverty. Occupy Wichita believes that childhood poverty matters.

Join us: daily at 5pm, weekends at noon

Lewis Park, on Douglas btw. Broadway and Market.  On the web:  occupy-wichita.com

 

More on Brownback's so called Town Hall on Childhood Poverty

1) Brownback and Siedlecki- push women, children and the elderly- out of the social safety nets -as if they were- pushing them out of the lifeboats- on the Titanic. – This is unacceptable.  
  
2) Brownback, Siedlecki and Rector -give Cinderella solutions -to the real problems -of economic inequality- that are worsening everyday. -They promote marriage, -while slashing programs for women,- children and the elderly -in order to put more money- into the already stuffed pockets -of the rich corporations, -politicians and lobbyists.

3) Kansas children in poverty- need public education. –Brownback cut 232 $$ per pupil – -We now have fewer teachers -and more crowded classrooms.- He tried to eliminate- the Early Head Start program.  

4) Many factors keep families trapped -in an endless cycle of poverty -but there is nothing more devastating -than low wages. -Parents work full time -and still cannot provide -a future for their children -because their employers -pay such pitiful wages. -The solution is- a statewide living wage law, where anyone- who is willing and able - can work to earn a wage- that allows them to raise their children- with honor and dignity.

5) Kansas children in poverty- include those who are uninsured- and underinsured. – Brownback sent back $31.5 million -in federal grant money –for health exchanges -There are 347,400- uninsured Kansans,- and nearly 75,000 -are children.  

6) Siedlecki compared welfare benefits -to an addictive drug -and said the new penalties- are meant to help adults- get off the rolls. – These draconian penalties do NOT work in the best of times. They will not work in the worst of times. They will harm children.

7) Mothers of Kansas children- living in poverty- need access- to early prenatal care.- Kansas has the worst- infant-mortality rate- for African-Americans --in the nation- Kansas must offer -immediate Medicaid eligibility- to pregnant women- living in poverty.

8) Kansas children in poverty- need mental health treatment.- Brownback has cut funding- for residential mental health programs- for adolescents-when demand for services- has increased. 

9) Kansas children in poverty- include the children- of undocumented immigrants. -Siedlecki, seeks to eliminate- benefits to undocumented applicants. 

10) Brownback refused to apply- for millions in federal funds- to help communities- reduce chronic diseases -such as diabetes and heart disease.

 

WHAT DOES the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) SAY?

When reading the bill, it appears that there are contradictory statements--one implies that you can detain U.S. citizens indefinitely without due process; another implies that you cannot. The media likewise reports that the NDAA both grants and does not grant this power. Just last week the version being debated allowed for the indefinite detention of American citizens, so we know that the current administration is not entirely averse to granting itself such power. Our question is--are they granting themselves this power now? Credible information on the bill is hard to come by, and we think this important enough to come out, demonstrate, and ask our government: What power does the NDAA grant our government over our people?

Join us: General Assembly at noon, Saturday, Central Branch of the Public Library, 3rd floor. 6 pm weekdays. Sign holding 5pm, Sat. after 1pm (weather permitting), Lewis Park, on Douglas btw Broadway & Market. 
On the web:  occupy-wichita.com

 

Costs of Personal Income Tax Repeal in Kansas

Because of our concern over reports that legislative leaders and Governor Sam Brownback seek to reduce and possibly repeal the Kansas personal income tax, we are contacting you to share our analysis of how such a policy change might affect Kansas families, and how the revenue loss from this proposal would have to be made up.  

Given the challenging fiscal climate facing Kansas, the proposed income tax plan should be thought of not simply as a tax cut but as a tax swap.  News reports confirm our expectation that revenues from   income taxes would be at least partially replaced by sales and property taxes under the Governor’s plan. The graphic below illustrates the costs of such a swap under varying scenarios.  Outright repeal of the   income tax would create a $2.6 billion hole in the state’s budget if implemented in 2011.   

The graph below shows how Kansas taxpayers at different income levels would be affected by a tax swap that makes up a specified percentage of the state revenue loss through sales tax hikes. (While this loss could also be made up through property tax hikes, the property tax is a less obvious revenue-raising   vehicle for the state because it’s primarily a local tax.)

Among the findings is that:  

• If 25% of the revenue loss from income tax repeal were made up through a sales tax rate   increase, the poorest 40 percent of Kansans would see a net tax hike from this change, and the state sales tax rate would have to be increased by 1.8 percentage points, from the current 6.3 to 8.1. (This would mean that the statewide average combined state and local sales tax would go up from 8 to 9.8 percent.)  

• If 50% of the revenue loss were made up with sales tax hikes, the state sales tax rate would have to be increased by 3.6 percentage points, from 6.3 to 9.9, pushing the statewide average state/local rate up to 11.6 percent.   

• If every dime of the income tax cut were ultimately paid for by increases in state sales taxes, the poorest 80 percent of Kansans would, as a group, see a tax hike overall. This “revenue-neutral” approach to income tax repeal would require a statewide average sales tax rate of 13.5 percent.    

Governor Brownback is among a growing number of political leaders pointing to Texas as a model for tax policy. But the Texas tax system, measured in fairness and sustainability, is a failure. Texas has the fifth most regressive tax structure in the nation, meaning that only four states lean more heavily on low- and middle-income families to fund public investments. The poorest 20 percent of Texans pay 12.2 percent of their income in Texas taxes, compared to just three percent that the very best off one percent spend.

The state’s tax system is also responsible for a chronic under funding of public investments that helps to explain Texas’ dismal ranking on many important social indicators from education to poverty to health care. Texas ranks 45th in SAT Scores, and 50th in the percent of the population with a high school diploma. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured citizens, and the second highest percentage of the population experiencing food insecurity in the nation. Texas taxes are among the lowest in the nation, and the price Texas residents have paid for this low-tax ranking is a public infrastructure that fails its citizens in a host of ways.

Matthew Gardner, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy,
October 4, 2011

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization, based in Washington, DC where we focus on federal and state tax policy. ITEP created and maintains its own “micro simulation tax model” which we update daily and is capable of analyzing the tax systems of all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government.  It is the same type of tax model used by the U.S. Treasury Department, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the Congressional Budget Office and many state revenue departments.

ITEP is committed to fair and sustainable tax laws that protect lower income Americans from regressive policies while generating revenues adequate to serve the public interest. We regularly work with lawmakers and the policy community to evaluate tax proposals, as we have done here.

Matthew Gardner, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, October 4, 2011  

                   
Join us at Occupy Wichita, Lewis Park, Douglas,
between Broadway and Market—
Weekdays:  4:30ish-sign holding and outreach
6pm-General Assembly
Weekends:  Noon

on the web:  occupy-wichita.com

 

Take action against indefinite detention for American Citizens

The National Defense Authorization Act is a massive bill that details funding for the military for the upcoming year. The bill, which passed the Senate in a 93-7 vote also has a provision which gives the United States government the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial or legal representation, in a military facility.

The lie is in the wording. They say that the “requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.”

The key word here is “requirement”. If it is a foreign national, they are required to detain them in this manner. If it is an American citizen, they simply retain the option, without being required.

The provision begins on page 359 of the bill, linked below. This version of the bill was slightly amended to avoid veto by President Obama and was passed by a Senate vote of 93-7. The amendment replaced the term “require” with “have to”. So they are saying the exact same thing. The military does not have to indefinitely detain citizens. But they will have the power to do so.

93 members of the Senate voted to strip American citizens of their constitutional protections and to strip the protection of the Posse Comitatus Act.

We are part of the Occupy Wichita movement and we ask you to join us in demonstrating outside of the federal courthouse, and to pledge to call the White House to tell President Obama to veto this bill. 

Call President Obama today-888 534 5471

Join us: General Assembly at noon Saturday,  Central Branch of the Public Library, 3rd floor. 6 pm weekdays. Signholding (weather permitting), 5pm, Lewis Park, on Douglas between Broadway and Market.  On the web:  occupy-wichita.com

 

We Are The 99%

In a time when corporations are designed to be too big to fail, when the same people that write the legislation reap its benefits, as millions of Americans are unemployed, underemployed, uninsured, in debt and overlooked, it’s increasingly clear that the needs of the people deserve attention.

Occupy Wichita is part of an ongoing and building movement of people standing against the corrupting effect money has in politics. We are the 99% in opposition to the greed of the 1% that hurts our economy, our education, our health care and our lives.

This assembly is not Democratic or Republican, left or right. This is not politics as usual. We assemble to non-violently and persistently oppose the privileging of corporations over people.

Background

We stand in solidarity with the protests that began in New York City on September 17, and continue in communities across the country. Over 30 cities now hosts thousands of citizens participating in ongoing events such as this one.

If you’re fed up with politics as usual, join us.

Douglas, between Broadway & Market
Gather weekdays at 4:30 pm with signs
General Assembly at 6:00 pm.
Weekends at 12:00 noon.
http://www.occupy-wichita.com/

 

Top 10 Banks that received baoilout money:

Wells Fargo & Co.

San Francisco

Calif.

$25,000,000,000

State Street Corp.

Boston

Mass.

$2,000,000,000

Bank of America Corp.1

Charlotte

N.C.

$15,000,000,000

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

New York

N.Y.

$25,000,000,000

Citigroup Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$25,000,000,000

Morgan Stanley

New York

N.Y.

$10,000,000,000

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

New York

N.Y.

$10,000,000,000

Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

New York

N.Y.

$3,000,000,000

Regions Financial Corp.

Birmingham

Ala.

$3,500,000,000

UCBH Holdings Inc.

San Francisco

Calif.

$298,737,000

Source: http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/storysupplement/bankbailout/

For the reasons printed on this pamphlet, the Occupy Wichita movement encourages you to switch your bank to a local credit union.

 

A Message From Occupy Wall Street (Day Five)

Published 2011-09-22 07:51:42 UTC by OccupyWallSt
This is the fifth communiqué from the 99 percent. We are occupying Wall Street.
On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.
Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more wealth than half of the country's population.
Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.
Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters.
Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.
Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.
Ending political corruption is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work.
Ending joblessness is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of America lived in poverty.
Ending poverty is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance.
Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, America had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries.
Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, America was at war with the world.
Ending war is our one demand.
On September 21st, 2011, we stood in solidarity with Madrid, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Madison, Toronto, London, Athens, Sydney, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Milan, Amsterdam, Algiers, Tel Aviv, Portland and Chicago. Soon we will stand with Phoenix, Montreal, Cleveland and Atlanta. We're still here. We are growing. We intend to stay until we see movements toward real change in our country and the world.
You have fought all the wars. You have worked for all the bosses. You have wandered over all the countries. Have you harvested the fruits of your labors, the price of your victories? Does the past comfort you? Does the present smile on you? Does the future promise you anything? Have you found a piece of land where you can live like a human being and die like a human being? On these questions, on this argument, and on this theme, the struggle for existence, the people will speak. Join us.
We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choice to march on Wall Street to our decision to continue occupying Liberty Square, were decided through a consensus based process by the group, for the group.

 

How Governor Brownback’s policies have hurt the poor

He tried to close 9 SRS offices

Imposed penalties, cutting food stamps and benefits for missing job-counseling appointments

Handing Medicaid over to private, for-profit companies who will deny and cut benefits to the poor to increase profits

Returned the $31.5 million federal grant for health care exchange set up

Cut funding for residential mental health programs for teens when demand has increased

Cut education funding $232 per student, causing teacher layoffs and crowded classrooms.

Proposing a new education funding formula, shifting from state to local funding, which will hurt large districts like Wichita

Seeking to eliminate the state income tax, which will increase property and sales taxes

Tried to eliminate Early Head Start for children in poverty

Brownback and his supporting elected officials are slashing education and much-needed social programs in order to put more money into the already stuffed pockets of the wealthy 1%. Brownback doesn’t represent those who need these programs—the 99%.

Our elected Kansas Legislators from Sedgwick County will meet to hear from the people in Wichita.

Occupy Wichita will be there to speak for the 99% against economic inequality and injustice.

    7:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 3, Sedgwick County courthouse.

             Enter the north entrance at Main and Elm.

                     Arrive early to sign up to speak.

Occupy Wichita—Join us daily at 5pm, signs and outreach weekends after 1pm, Lewis Park, on Douglas btw. Broadway & Market.  General Assembly Tues. and Sat at noon, Wed. 6 pm

3rd floor Wichita Public Library at Main and William

 

 

ALEC—the Corporate/State Legislative Partnership

Working Against the 99%

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. ALEC is a partnership of big corporations and state legislatures. Through ALEC corporations secretly hand state legislators model bills to change laws. Without exception, these changes benefit the wealthy elites and harm the middle class, especially the most vulnerable, the elderly, the disabled, and women and children in poverty.

Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board, which meets jointly with the legislative board. They fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Participating legislators then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law.

Some of the ALEC legislation in Kansas includes:

·    Turning over Medicaid to for-profit health insurance corporations which will deny care and cut benefits to the most vulnerable

·    Further cuts in education and a new funding formula which increases inequality between rich and poor districts

·    Cuts in mental health programs and residential care

·    Elimination of the state income tax leading to increases in property and sales taxes, shifting the tax burden to the working class

·    Voter suppression, speeding up proof of citizenship requirements

·    Continued corporate welfare and tax exemptions for big corporations

Over 456 corporations lead ALEC, among them:

Koch Industries, Reynolds American, AT&T, Time Warner, Bayer, DOW, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, PhRMA,
Shell, State Farm, Visa, United Healthcare, Walton Family Foundation, Wal-Mart, FedEx, BP,
Corrections Corporation of America, Lilly, Amazon.com, Merck, DuPont, Well Point, Conoco Phillips, Pfizer

There are some 36 ALEC members in the Kansas House and 12 in the Kansas Senate. These elected representatives are working with Governor Brownback to implement the ALEC agenda of the biggest US corporations against 99% of the people of Kansas.

12 South Central Kansas State Legislators in ALEC

Rep. Steve Brunk (R-85) Comm, Insur & Economic Development

Rep. Pete DeGraff (R-81) Commerce, Insur & Economic Devel

Rep. Mario Goico (R-100) Public Safety & Elections Task Force

Rep. Daniel J. Kerschen (R-93) Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force

Rep. Phil Hermanson (R-96) Telecomm & Inform Technology

Rep. Gene Suellentrop (R-105) Comm, Insur & Economic Devel

Rep. Steve Huebert (R-90) Education Task Force

Rep. Brenda Landwehr (R-91) Health & Human Services

Sen. Susan Wagle (R-30) fmer National Chair, Bd of Direct, 2011

Sen. Ty Masterson (R-16) Commerce, Insur & Economic Devel

Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer (R-40) ALEC Energy, Environ and Agr

Sen. Dick Kelsey (R

Our current economic meltdown is caused by corporate greed, deregulation of consumer protections, fraud in the mortgage/banking industries, tax cuts to the super rich, corporate subsidies and tax loopholes, and endless wars.

Occupy Wichita will continue to stand up for the 99% against the 1% and their bought-and-paid-for politicians in the Kansas Legislature.  We call for the end of corporate money and domination in politics.

 

Join Us! 

General Assemblies on Tues. and Sat. at Noon, Wed. 6pm 3 fl.

Wichita Public Library, Main and William

Sign holding and outreach

Douglas btw Broadway & Market, 5pm weekdays, after 1pm Sat. 

 
Visit us on the web at occupy-wichita.com

and on facebook at  #occupywichita

Celebrate International Workers’ Day, May 1st ! 

May 1, International Workers Day, is a holiday for workers, celebrated in most countries of the world, except where it originated, in the US. On May 1, 1886, workers in the US organized the world’s first nationwide general strike for the 8-hour day.  

In Chicago, police fired on workers during the May 1, general strike, killing a dozen demonstrators. In 1889, international workers’ organizations declared May 1, International Workers’ Day. Our elected oppressors have tried everything to disconnect US workers from this holiday, but the Occupy Wall St. movement is reviving May Day in the US.  

This Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Occupy Wichita raises demands for economic justice for the 99% and solidarity with immigrant workers. Today we are in the midst of the worst economic depression since the 1930s. The 99% suffer with massive unemployment, factory and school closings, students enslaved by debt, war on women’s rights, union busting, and millions of home foreclosures.  

The bankers who created the crisis with fraudulent investment schemes should be in prison, but instead received taxpayer bailouts and continue their reckless investments, putting everyone at risk. 

Occupy Wichita supports international mass action to honor the struggles and sacrifices of working people around the world this May 1.

Thanks to our immigrant brothers and sisters for beginning the revival of May Day with the enormous demonstrations of 2006. Thanks to the Occupy Wall St. movement for continuing the revival of International Workers' Day 

Economic Justice and a Living Wage!
Stop the Home Foreclosures!
Solidarity with Immigrant Workers!
End the Wars!   No New War in Iran!
Human Needs, not Corporate Greed!
We are the 99%!

How Governor Brownback’s policies have hurt the 99%


Handing Medicaid over to private companies who will profit off of the poor and elderly through cuts in benefits and services

Cut funding for residential mental health programs for teens when demand has increased

Cut education funding $232 per student, causing teacher layoffs, crowded classrooms and school closings

Proposed a new education funding formula, shifting from state to local funding, which will hurt large districts like Wichita

Eliminating the state income tax, which will increase property and sales taxes, ending the Earned Income Credit to the working poor.

Tried to eliminate Early Head Start for children in poverty

Destroyed the Kansas Arts Commission

Enacted bogus, penalizing and sexist laws targeting women’s health clinics

Supports a Kansas House bill that allows doctors to lie to women about the conditions of their pregnancies

Continued corporate welfare and tax exemptions for such huge businesses as Koch Industries, taxed as a small business because there are only two owners, Charles and David Koch

Brownback and his supporting elected officials are slashing education and much-needed social programs in order to put more money into the already stuffed pockets of the wealthy 1%. Brownback is working hard to implement the
Big Corporate/ALEC/Koch agenda in Kansas.

Shame on Sam Brownback!

Join Occupy Wichita to speak out for the 99%
General Assemblies Mon-noon,
Wed- 6pm, Sat-noon
Douglas & Market, Lewis Park
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FIGHT INTERNET CENSORSHIP:
FIGHT CISPA AND ACTA

Our elected officials in Washington have absolutely no respect for the wishes of those they are sworn to represent. Our officials were given the loudest, most echoed message in the history of the world in opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) & the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Here and now, a few months later, the Congress has passed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is SOPA on steroids and they did it in a rushed vote, before anyone had time to organize against it. This is grounds for dismissal, under the laws of common sense.

This blatant disrespect towards the will of the people should not be tolerated. The US Congress represents the 400 wealthiest families in this country, not us. Kansas 4th District Rep. Mike Pompeo sponsored CISPA against the 99%, in service to his big corporate sponsors.

Yet, here we have our very own government completely ignoring the obvious expressed will of the vast majority

of Americans in the name of returning profitability and the flow of information back to the handful of corporations that have controlled the media for decades:

· CISPA is yet another attempt by our government and the content industry to censor the internet.

· AT&T, along with 800 other companies, has expressed support for CISPA, despite the outrage from the people in response to SOPA.

· The internet is the primary vessel by which true freedom of speech and expression is exchanged.

We will continue to spread new ideas freely and we will call for the resignation of those who would seek to suppress our rights to freely express ourselves. We will continue to fight for the free press that the Constitution of this land guarantees us.

Call AT&T and tell them to withdraw their support of CISPA in the name of freedom and privacy—(316) 636-2355

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General Assemblies Mon-noon, Wed- 6pm, Sat-noon
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Say NEVER! TO HB 2598 and HB 2523 on April 28!

Gyno-Governor Brownback and our elected oppressors in Topeka are waging war against women. Occupy Wichita stands with women against the brutal attacks on women’s rights, health care and control over their bodies.  

The war on women is a war on everyone. It seems intolerable to those in power that someone, somewhere in Kansas might be enjoying normal, god-given, adult pleasures. This is really a good thing: You don't even need to be rich to enjoy it. Those who frown on this fact of life should live accordingly and not bring the hammer down on all the rest of us.   

Kansas legislators seem to think that women don't need healthcare. Relieving women and families of the ability to space their children as they see fit is sheer lunacy. Imposing Vatican roulette as the only method of birth control is not good for women and it's not good for families. Politicians should not make management decisions for women or families. And why would anyone corrupt the relationship between a woman and her doctor? 

Politicians inconvenience us with pointless regulations and turn what should be a trusting relationship into one where the women is at the mercy of her doctor’s religious beliefs.  The politicians have sold us out.  

Stop bogus, penalizing and sexist policies targeting women’s health clinics!
No to allowing doctors to lie to women about the condition of their pregnancy!
Defend women's lives over the "rights" of an embryo!
End religious and employer discrimination against women’s health and birth control!
No to the Medicaid-for-profit schemes!
No to Brownback’s Robin Hood-in-reverse tax plan!
Join Occupy Wichita to speak out for the 99%
General Assemblies
Mon-noon, Wed- 6pm, Sat-noon Douglas & Market, Lewis Park