May is the month when legislators in Springfield make the budget for the next fiscal year. FY16 begins on July 1. The state faces a $6 billion shortfall. Governor Rauner has proposed balancing the budget through $6 billion in cuts to critical programs like Medicaid, higher education, and mental health services.
ONE Northside is working with our allies to organize and participate in many powerful actions. We want to send a clear message to Governor Rauner and the Springfield legislators that it’s time to raise revenue! The budget must not be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable. Join us at one of the upcoming actions. For more information, contact Hannah Gelder at 773-769-3232 x19 or hgelder[at]onenorthside.org.
Budget Cuts Rally and March | Saturday, May 9
12:45pm–4:00pm | Meet at Wellington Ave UCC (615 W. Wellington)
A rally organized by the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. Deliver a strong message to Governor Rauner that we must raise revenue from Big Corporations and the 1%. Register here
Raunerville Action in Downtown Chicago | Wednesday, May 13
3:45pm–5:30pm | Meet at the Bean in Millennium Park at 3:45 or at ONE Northside office at 3pm
The governor owns 9 homes plus the governor’s mansion! We will march and construct a Rauner-ville shanty town outside one of the his 10 residences to illustrate the impact his cuts will have on our communities. Register here
What Would Jesus Cut? | Monday, May 18
1:00pm-2:30pm | Chicago Mercantile Exchange (141 W. Jackson)
Faith leaders respond to Rauner’s budget cuts. This is the first in a series of actions to bring together faith and community leaders to highlight the wealthy individuals and big corporations who stand to profit from Illinois’ draconian budget cuts. Save the date for June 1 for another actions in this series. Register here
McDonald’s Shareholder Action | Wednesday, May 20
10am – 4pm | Meet at ONE Northside Office (4648 N. Racine)
Corporations are shortchanging our communities – they don’t pay their fair share of taxes and they don’t pay their workers a living wage. The workers are close to winning a $15/hour wage at McDonald’s. We must help them put pressure on the shareholders to negotiate with the workers and to show broad-based community support for the Fight for $15. Lunch will be provided. Register here