Announcing Double Day of nationwide Tax Justice petition stalls (1-2 Oct)

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Hello friend,

On 22 May the Alliance Party and Socialist Worker jointly launched the Tax Justice campaign.

The focus of the campaign is a petition calling on parliament to:

1. Remove GST from food; and

2. Tax financial speculation.

The reception to the campaign has been very encouraging. So far 7,000 signatures have been collected.

A growing list of supporters outside of Socialist Worker and the Alliance are offering to help with the campaign.

And 1,800+ people have joined the ‘No GST on Food’ Facebook page. (Go to http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/No-GST-on-food/119541161411953?ref=ts)

The Tax Justice campaign is connecting with people angered by the hike in GST and the escalation of basic living costs, who are also worried by the economic situation following the world financial crisis and its impact on the New Zealand economy.

To download copies of the petition and for more background, media releases and related stories, go to the website: http://www.nogstonfood.org

10,000 signatures in two days

On 1st October GST will increase from 12.5% to 15%. The GST hike is going to be a big issue in the media and for grassroots people. This will be an opportunity to promote a just solution to New Zealands unfair tax system.

The Tax Justice campaign is going to organise a Double Day of nationwide petition stalls on Friday 1st October and Saturday 2nd October. Our goal is to get 10,000 signatures in two days.

Its hoped that through a heavily promoted Double Day of signature collecting we can reach more supporters and break into local and national media.

You can help

With your help we can reach our ambitious target of 10,000 signatures in two days. If you want to be part of the Tax Justice action on 1-2 October get in touch with us straight away. Contact campaign coordinator Vaughan Gunson, email svpl@xtra.co.nz or ph/txt 021-0415 082.

To take the campaign to another level were establishing a national Organisers Team. That team is open to anyone who wants to help. We want to cover the country with Tax Justice organisers.

The Tax Justice Organisers Team will communicate largely by email. If you want to be part of the team, contact Vaughan.

Campaigns like Tax Justice, the union-led campaign against National’s anti-worker laws, and sending Kiwi aid to Gaza (see www.kiaoragaza.net) are examples of broad left cooperation that’s advancing our collective potential to mount a viable, popular and progressive challenge to neo-liberalism in its post-financial crisis form. We welcome dialogue around how that cooperation can be extended further.

In solidarity,

Vaughan Gunson
(Socialist Worker – http://unityaotearoa.blogspot.com)

and

Victor Billot
(Alliance Party – http://www.alliance.org.nz)

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