National People's Action
We are a national organization of everyday people working to advance a long-term pro-democracy and racial justice agenda. Join us in holding corporations and politicians accountable to the 99% instead of the 1%.
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Walgreens: Stand with Us & Stay in AmericaMy name is Eugene Yong Lim and I live in Chicago, where I’m a leader with ONE Northside. Together with local allies, we’re working to hold big corporations accountable to our community. Last week, we gathered outside Walgreens’ flagship store in downtown Chicago to demand that Walgreens support the communities that have made it prosper. You see, although Walgreens was founded in Chicago and has grown into America’s largest pharmacy chain, the Financial Times recently reported that the company is considering a change of corporate address from Illinois to Switzerland. But you won’t need to learn French or German to fill your prescription. The majority of the company's $72 billion in sales last year were made in the United States and nearly a quarter of them came from taxpayer funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid. So don’t expect your local store to move anytime soon. Instead, a fancy gimmick called “tax inversion” could allow Walgreens to continue cashing in on U.S. profits, while dodging an estimated $4 billion in taxes over the next five years. It’s just one of a number of tricks wealthy corporations are using to stash cash and profits overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. This kind of bad behavior has a real cost on our communities. According to a recent study from Americans for Tax Fairness, $4 billion is enough to pay for one-and-a-half years of prescriptions for the entire U.S. veterans population, cover 3.5 million children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or provide Medicaid to over 639,000 people. That last figure really hits home with me. If it weren’t for Medicaid a costly medical emergency last year would have left me more than $11,000 in debt. But corporate tax dodging endangers funding for vital programs that help working class Americans like me, just to line the pockets of corporate shareholders and CEOs. The good news is that our action last week generated significant media coverage, but we need to keep the momentum going. Walgreens relies on sales to U.S. customers. By signing my petition, you can increase the pressure on Walgreens not to dodge taxes and to do right by our communities. http://www.americansfortaxfairness.org/files/OffshoringAmericasDrugstore.pdf http://www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2014/06/11/tax-justice-groups-rally-against-potential-4-billion-tax-dodge-walgree73,478 of 75,000 SignaturesCreated by Sandy Lindsey
Sign the Petition: Allow Post Offices to Offer Basic Banking ServicesMy name is Brianna Tong, and I’m a student at the University of Chicago. I’m a leader in our on-campus organization, Southside Solidarity Network, and in the IIRON Student Network, because I want to win economic and racial justice for all people, and that young people will be at the forefront of a movement to make that happen. Predatory check cashing and payday lending companies have been exploiting working class Americans for decades, by charging outrageous fees and triple digit interest rates. But now we have a chance to give the millions of Americans without access to affordable basic financial services a fair, publicly owned alternative to payday lenders and big banks. Senator Elizabeth Warren has an exciting new proposal that would allow post offices around the country to offer basic financial services like check cashing and bill paying. According to study released in January by the United States Postal Service’s Inspector General, 68 million Americans – nearly 1 in 4 households -- are underserved by banks and forced to rely on exploitative and wildly expensive payday lenders. Many of these people spend as much as $2,400 each year on inflated interest rates and unnecessary fees. Across the globe, countries like Japan, Germany and Kenya have had great success with postal banking. And for more than 50 years, post offices in the United States were also allowed to offer banking services. Despite the program’s widespread success, both at providing banking services and generating billions of dollars in revenue for the United States Postal Service, Congress ended the program in 1967. Given the lack of access to affordable banking services currently experiences by tens of millions of Americans, Congress needs take immediate action to enact Senator Warren’s proposal to bring a public option for financial services back to the United States. While there’s been a lot of buzz lately about Senator Warren’s postal banking proposal, it needs support in Congress to become law. By signing my petition you can help build that support and add real momentum to the fight for postal banking. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116374/postal-service-banking-how-usps-can-save-itself-and-help-poor http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-warren/coming-to-a-post-office-n_b_4709485.html http://www.npr.org/2014/02/07/272652648/post-office-could-rack-up-billions-by-offering-money-services http://www.thenation.com/article/178361/why-we-need-bank-post-office# http://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/rarc-wp-14-007.pdf11,979 of 15,000 SignaturesCreated by Brianna Tong