How often do you wish that you could determine how the U.S. Government spends your tax dollars? What if you could decide directly where your dollars go? In Union Square, participants in the October 15th Penny Poll took the opportunity to register their thoughts on how Federal taxes should be spent. On this sunny, balmy … Continue reading How Would You Want Your Taxes Spent?
At noon this past Armistice Day, the Granny Peace Brigade, joined by the Veterans for Peace, held its third Penny Poll of 2021. 82 members of the public gave us their opinion about where they want the Federal Government to spend taxes it collects each year. Over $29 billion of the taxes collected from New … Continue reading Armistice Day Penny Poll A Success!
Before we were grounded by the pandemic GPB conducted several penny polls in 2012 to ask people how they would like their tax dollars spent. We gave passersby 20 pennies to distribute in eight possible tax categories. (See chart for categories) This October 2021 we went back into action. Some things had changed and something … Continue reading Choosing a Better World – with Granny Peace Brigade Penny Polls
Here's what we have for penny poll results with some comparison to the federal budget. Arts/culture 265 pennies 10% of total; Education 487 pennies 18% of total; Climate/Energy 520 pennies 19% of total; Healthcare 470 pennies 17% of total; Housing 383 pennies 14% of total; Jobs 250 pennies 9% of total; Transportation 211 pennies 8% … Continue reading October 6 Penny Poll Tally
On Wednesday, October 6 the GPB conducted our first penny poll since the pandemic chased us off the streets. The weather was fine and we'd assembled a great team. The penny poll is our way of asking passersby on the sidewalks of New York how they would allocate federal tax dollars. We give people twenty … Continue reading Penny Poll, October 6, Union Square
It wasn't Sherwood Forest, but on the morning of July 15th - Tax Day 2020 - a group of modern Robin Hoods gathered to take from the Rich (Defund the Pentagon) and give to the Poor (Education, Healthcare, Housing and other important needs). Two Grannies and friends, some of whom sing with the NYC Labor … Continue reading It’s Tax Day – Defund the Pentagon – $ for Education, Health, Housing, Equity Programs
The U.N. defines 15 days of solitary confinement as torture. In NYS prisons and jails, 15 days is the minimum sentence, and most people spend several weeks to several years in solitary. It is the first punishment which is given by Correction Officers (COs) who interpret and enforce the several hundred rules, many of which … Continue reading SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE
Covid-19, it has been said, has “awakened” or “uncovered” the prevalence and extent of poverty and racism in our society. Structural poverty and racism have been in the foundation of the U.S. since the pilgrims landed. Poverty and racism affect every element of what is needed for a good quality of life There is not … Continue reading Where is the Will?
Join the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement http://nycaic.org/ for a STATEWIDE Day of Socially-Distanced Actions to #HALT solitary, featuring people who have survived solitary, loved ones of people in solitary, legislative allies, and others.
For several years, I’ve joined the call for the release of sick, aged and low risk people in prison, and for the release of people in ICE detention. With the COVID 19 pandemic, the urgency is exponentially increased. With the RAPP Campaign, (Release the Aging People in Prison), relentless GPB activist Joan Pleune, myself, and … Continue reading Release All Sick, Aged and Low Risk People in Prison! Release People from ICE Detention