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Buget cuts leave wounds that can be healed with mutual aid!

Take your welfare in your own hands and look to the people around you for support.
As an activist I hear a lot about what is going on in this community. I hear about what people are working on and what needs are being seen in their communities. Tonight, I heard about budget cuts, as many of you have as well I'm sure. I heard from a teacher that has been attending meetings talking strike. I heard about a friend that works for United Cerebral Palsy and how they are going to be cutting positions and dropping people from there case loads. I heard from people that rely on the Oregon Health Plan to supply them with the mental health care they need. The social welfare state is failing to meet there needs.

Now is the time to come together as communities and address these needs the state feels are less important than war! This has already begun! Students and teachers are talking about collectives to educate themselves outside of the education system. As we speak plans are being made to take education into their own hands. New can replace the need for a social welfare state by providing each other with real social welfare. Find out if one of the folks that was in the care of United Cerebral Palsy is in your neighbor, sometimes these folks simply need someone to cook for them. Ask yourself, "Can I cook a little extra food for a neighbor that can't leave their house?" I bet you can! At this point they are leaving us no option but to turn to each other.

Turn to your communities to find out what needs your neighbor has and evaluate what skills and time you have to fill them. There are folks in YOUR COMMUNITY that need you. Likewise many of the voids left by the gutting of social services you have can be filled by your neighbor. Call a community meeting. Find the biggest church you can in your neighborhood. Knock on every door and poster on ever telephone pole. Call people to an assembly and take a lesson from the piqueteros in Argentina and organize locally. Sit down as a community and discuss these hard times as a community.

We have nothing to loose and real community to gain!
Oregton Cuts deeper than other states 01.Feb.2003 06:06


Steve Hitov of the National Health Law Program, a low-income advocacy group in Washington, D.C., called Oregon's cuts in Medicaid programs "among the more Draconian in the country."

In long-term care, the state is eliminating services for 9,000 frail older adults and people with disabilities, about a third of the total served. That includes 2,573 people who must leave long-term care centers because state support was cut. The cut will be made in two waves, beginning at midnight tonight and April 1.

The federal government must sign off on some Medicaid-related cuts, but state officials said they chose reductions that would require the least federal approval. Federal officials still are examining Oregon's cuts.

"States all across the country are looking at their Medicaid programs for how to save money," said Mary Kahn, a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "However, Oregon's proposal to actually remove people from nursing homes and long-term care centers is the most severe we've received so far." Don Colburn of The Oregonian staff contributed to this report. Erin Hoover Barnett: 503-294-5011,  ehbarnett@news.oregonian.com

Budget cuts will turn lives upside-down (01/31/03) Oregonian
"The morning after Oregon voters rejected a tax increase, the state reprogrammed its computers for dozens of health and social programs due to shrink or vanish at midnight"

Classes likely to balloon as Portland cuts budget (01/31/03) Oregonian
Multnomah County losing $32 million, more than 300 jobs (01/31/03) Oregonian
Seniors protest cuts at Capitol (01/31/03) Salem Statesman Journal
California fiscal troubles worsen (01/31/03) San Francisco Chronicle

Mutual Aid is a Great Idea 04.Feb.2003 00:31

George W. Bush

I think that Mutual Aid is a wonderful idea. This is why I am promoting something very similar with my Faith-Based Initiatives to help volunteers in America rebuild our community.

My Dad also had a very similar idea of Mutual Aid with his Thousand Points of Light volunteerism program. This program recruited hundred of thousands of suckers...um... volunteers to go around the country doing small, charitable tasks to help their local community and enable the US government to spend its money on really important things like bailing out corrupt Saving and Loans institutions or lining the pockets of Rich, White people like myself.

The Anarchist Idea of Mutual Aid is great because it shows that Capitalism and Anarchism are not mutually exclusive and can actually work together to help the rich get richer, and keep the poor people pacified with token economic sops and band-aid reforms.



Fundraising 04.Feb.2003 01:16

Muse Arts muse_arts@lycos.com

There is more to this than just someone not being able to keep their home or people losing their access to prozac. people may very well die because of these cuts. The Oregonian had a list of specific cuts just the other day, (I think it wa friday?)People are not going to have their medication that keeps them alive paid for anymore. Some make $500 to $1000 a month in disability, and their medication costs $1000 a month. You do the math.

Anyway, I could go on forever about what is happening, but I'm just going to make an announcement of the beginnings of a possible project that a group of artists are staring.

The Muse Arts Collective is an organisation of artists dedicated to art in our community. We decided that one project we could do is a fundraiser, auction benefitting seniors who have lost their benefits, or other vital programs that have been cut. It would help serve both the seniors and the artists, who aren't doing too well in the current economy either.

We have a space, and we are beginning the legal process of becoming a non proft organisation. We had our first meeting on Sunday, and will be meeting again in a couple of weeks to discuss what exactly Muse Arts is. We will have published our first newsletter by then and will have a more cohesive plan for what we can do in this community. Every one of us is deeply concerned. My mother works for a city agency that helps these people, and today was a difficult day. Old women were crying on the phone, asking for help, about to become completely homeless.

This is real. We can't just condemn the old and the sick to die on the streets. I am an artist and a decent organizer of people and hope this may be a start.

If you would like to become involved in Muse Arts, email me and maybe you can help us out. If you are an artist, we also have a show planned for Feb. 12 and we need local artists for a new gallery! The owner had a very successful gallery in Seattle and wants to continue his work here. That show is NOT a fundraiser, but most of us are involved and want to plan future fundraising and community events.
So if you are an artist, or if you are interested in helping us, contact me!

Willow D'Arcy
Muse Arts Collective

Communal Remedies 04.Feb.2003 10:48

Pete founder@1Collegeplace.com

It seems that the people of this country have some serious economic realities to face. From what I have learned your state is one of the more progressive in the union and I believe can provide many models for this country. As there are many active people in your area you will hopefully come together as a neighborhood. The problems need to be adressed to the elected leaders. The taxpayers costs need to be looked at very closely and to see of the state is spending the monies as effeciently and healthfully as possible. There obviously will be no quick fix for so sudden a drop in funding. It will have to be a methodical examination of where and how the money is being spent.

One small example would be to have non-governmental organizations supplying the neceassry life saving drugs by purchasing them in Canada collectively then redistributing them to the needy. The monies saved could then be reinvested in other parts of the social budget. To me this whole method of living is flawed as many of you clearly see. We are going to have to relearn what state government can proactively do for its citizens. Every time a dollar is spent it makes it harder for the average person and state to keep up because the cost of the average bills does not stay consistent to the costs that corporations pay for the raw products it takes to produce those necessary goods. Until that imbalance is fixed we all are going to face an unfortunate and unfair cost of living while corporate entities are able to pay the lowest possible price for everything from medication to food. It is the American way and it is sick. Hopefully a state can realize the good in living cooperatively as so many humans have.

In Peace,