Post-Budget push for 10,000 more signatures for Tax Justice petition

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Post-Budget push for 10,000 more signatures for Tax Justice petition

20-22 May

We need volunteers now.

Contact me ASAP if you can help.

Email svpl@xtra.co.nz or ph/txt 021-0415 082 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 021-0415 082 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Kia ora Tax Justice supporters,

Details of what’s in store for us in National’s 2011 Budget are starting to come out. There will be funding cuts to KiwiSaver, Working for Families, and to student loans. This isn’t good for ordinary people. In fact, with more likely to come, it’s terrible.

As expected, John Key is crying broke. These “tough measures”, he claims, are being forced on the government. But the question is: who’s doing the forcing? And in whose interest?

Budget 2011 – like the last year’s one, which let’s remind ourselves gave billions of dollars of tax cuts to the rich – is all about putting the burden of the economic slump onto grassroots people. National is delivering what the big corporates want: lower taxes and higher profits for them, more tax and less income for us.

Last year’s GST increase to 15%, cuts to KiwiSaver, Working for Families and students loans – it all adds up to ordinary Kiwis having less money in their pockets each week. At a time when the cost of food and other essentials are soaring.

The anger many people will be feeling now and post-Budget needs a political focus. The Tax Justice campaign can provide that focus. Because removing GST from food and putting a tax on financial speculation is a “common sense” and “doable” solution that shifts the tax burden off the grassroots majority and onto a mega-rich elite (where it should be!).

To help take the campaign to the next level we’re asking for a big push with the Tax Justice petition out on the streets of New Zealand’s towns and cities in the days after the Budget. We’re going for 10,000 more signatures over three days:Friday 20 May, Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May. A good haul will take us within reach of our target of 50,000 signatures by mid-August, when we plan to present the petition to parliament.

So please consider spending some of your time, Fri-Sun 20-22 May, collecting signatures for the Tax Justice petition. Our collective efforts could make a difference.

Three ways you can help on 20-22 May:

1. Simply take the time to collect signatures from friends, family and workmates. The Tax Justice petition is attached to this email for you to download. Or we can post copies to you. Email me your address.

2. Organise a Tax Justice petition table on a busy street in your area and watch people flock over to sign the petition. It’s easy and fun! You just need a small table, the petition on a clipboard, some pens, and a poster (you can use the one attached to this email). If you’re going to organise a petition stall, send me the details (day, time and venue) as soon as possible.

3. Let me know if you would like to join a Tax Justice petition stall being organised by someone else. Email svpl@xtra.co.nz or ph/txt 021-0415 082 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 021-0415 082 end_of_the_skype_highlighting and I’ll put you in touch with Tax Justice organisers in your area.

If you do collect some signatures over the three days of our nationwide push, then send in an email or txt the number you collected. Then we can add your efforts to the national total we’ll be releasing to the media.

Hope you can help make a difference.

Kind regards,

Vaughan Gunson
Tax Justice campaign coordinator
svpl@xtra.co.nz

(09)433 8897 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (09)433 8897 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

021-0415 082 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 021-0415 082 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Please circulate this email and the Tax Justice petition around your networks.

For more info on the Tax Justice campaign, go to www.nogstonfood.org

Join us on Facebook. 7,000 people already have! Go to https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/No-GST-on-food/119541161411953

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