Proutist invited to speak in a People's Bailout Rally

Sister Nirainjana has been invited by the founding member of Consumers for Peace, Nick Mottern, to speak at a People's Bailout Rally on Saturday, December 13th at 12 noon in White Plains, NY. He has asked her to speak about how Prout principles relate to the current economic crisis:

This Saturday, Dec. 13 is the day of the “People’s Bailout March and Rally,”
starting at noon at the fountain in White Plains at the intersection
of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue.

The purpose of this gathering is to put forward items that we want to see Congresswoman Nita Lowey
introduce into the “stimulus” legislation that will be drafted in
Congress for the signature of Barack Obama the day he is inaugurated.

We will be asking people to fill out index cards to be given to the
Congresswoman after the rally, listing those things they want to see
funded.

At the same time, we will be calling for two legislative goals that will
HELP KEEP MONEY IN OUR POCKETS.

1. CAP CREDIT CARD AND MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES AT 5%.

Cong. Maurice Hinchey, from across the Hudson, introduced a bill
earlier this year to cap credit card interest rates at 20%. The 5% cap
recommended by Public Citizen is better. Mortgage interest rates
in some places are near 5%; this should be the maximum.

On our march from the fountain to Ms. Lowey’s office at 222
Mamaroneck Avenue, we will be pausing at the following banks to
distribute flyers on capping the interest rates.

Peoples United Bank
Capitol One Bank
Emigrant Savings
HSBC
M&T Bank
Webster Bank
HSBC Mortgage
Citizens Bank
Wachovia Bank
Chase Bank
Homerica Mortgage

2. CUT OFF SPENDING FOR THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS.

Remarkably, in all the major press commentary on our economic plight,
nothing is said about the $16 billion a month drain of the Iraq and
Afghanistan Wars combined. (Nothing is said about a million Iraqis killed
and tens of thousands in detention.)

Those of us who live in Ms. Lowey’s 18th Congressional District
have paid, so far, $3.1 billion for the Iraq War, according to the
National Priorities Project. That, of course, is about a quarter of
the Big Three bailout deal. It could have built nearly 20,000 units
of affordable housing.

At Ms. Lowey’s office we will cut in half a giant-sized “Taxpayers War Credit
Card”, made out in Ms. Lowey’s name.

THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO BE HEARD, WHEN WE MUST ASSERT
OUR VISION FOR WHERE THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO BE GOING.

Please bring placards/banners speaking
to the need to cap interest rates and cut war funding, as well as other
messages you want heard.

THE RALLY IS SPONSORED BY WESPAC; WE HAVE A PERMIT; AND THE
POLICE ARE FULLY AWARE OF AND APPROVING OF THE MARCH AND
RALLY.

NICK MOTTERN
email: nickmottern@earthlink.net