Protesters to Occupy State Capitol

By Tanya Dennis

Andrew Faulk, Frank Jernigan and ACCE Member Shirley Burrell at the Millionaires Tax Press Conference. Jernigan, who made millions investing in Google is a member of the “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength” On November 15th 2011 Jernigan called on the Super Committee and Congress to increase the country’s revenues by taxing the most wealthy. “How can we stand back while they insist on financing the economic recovery on the back’s of the less fortunate by cutting Medicare, Medicaid, social security, education, health care, etc. It is unconscionable!”

Thousands of students, parents, teachers and workers will occupy the state Capitol Monday, March 5, while 70 people are planning to walk 99 miles from Berkeley to Sacramento to join the rally. A march to kick off the occupation begins at 10 a.m. at Southside Park at 6th and T streets. The  rally at the Capitol Building begins at 11 a.m.  The protest  will support the Millionaires Tax initiative that is gathering signatures for the November ballot. The March 5 occupation is is supported by SEIU 1021, UAW 2865, Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Organization (CCISCO), Oakland Community Organization (OCO), the California Federation of Teachers, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Oakland, San Francisco and Contra Costa chapters; California Nurses Association and Refund California, which is a coalition of groups. Refund California will provide buses leaving at 7 a.m. from Berkeley and Oakland to Sacramento.  The coalition is encouraging participants to spend the night in support of the occupation and is anticipating 1,000 protesters will demand that Wall Street and the 1% pay to refund education, jobs, essential services and a better future. For bus information call (510) 549-3863 or email
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