Coalitions hold 99% rally and march for a better California

Press Release: June 12, 2012

Contact: Khanh Weinberg, (408) 921-0098

Coalitions hold 99% rally and march for a better California

Rich “Tax-Us” group joins the call for fairer taxes

SAN JOSE – On the eve of the legislature adopting a budget that promises horrific cuts, a diverse coalition of 99% supporters will gather on Wednesday in downtown San Jose to call for a better California.

What we face today is a state budget that is massively unbalanced, schools that are severely underfunded and working families who pay a higher tax rate than General Electric.

Joining the call for a better California are: California Partnership, 9to5, Community Health Partnership, Occupy San Jose, Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, South Bay Pride at Work, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Tax-Us, and Service Employees International Union Local 521.

What do the 99% want?

Affordable higher education; wages that don’t leave families near poverty; a sustainable and secure retirement for all workers; and a federal tax plan that is not riddled with Cayman Island loopholes.

Joining the 99% will be John K. Stewart, founder of Tax-Us coalition (, which describes itself as “a band of citizens working to fairly change tax policy to ensure a balanced budget and stable economy.”

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13

WHERE: San Jose State University, MLK Library, corner of Fourth and San Fernando

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The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. SEIU is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society. For more information, visit

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