OccupyWashingtonDC to hold Occupied Super Committee Hearing for the 99%

Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00 AM

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–November 8, 2011. will hold a hearing on the economy for the 99% that will examine how to create a fair economy for all Americans.  

The Occupied Hearing will contrast with hearings on Capitol Hill which are destined to enrich the 1% and protect major donors.  

The Occupied Super Committee Hearing for the 99% will examine critical issues facing the economy and the federal budget.  The hearing will include testimony from people with great understanding of the issues facing the country as well as comments from the 99% who are directly affected by the economy. 

One week after the hearing, will put forward proposals that should be enacted to fairly fix the economy — these proposals should not be considered our demands as our demands are much more transformative than a short-term fix of the economy and budget. 

Participants include:

Kevin Zeese an organizer of Occupy Washington, DC and co-director of It’s Our Economy and co-chair of Come Home America will discuss what the Super Committee is, where their campaign funding comes from and the limited policy choices they are considering.  He will also describe why OccupyWashingtonDC is holding its own Occupied Hearing.

Andrew Fieldhouse of the Economic Policy Institute will discuss how to raise revenue through changes to the tax structure to create a more fair and progressive tax system that will raise sufficient revenue and help close the growing wealth divide.

Carl Conetta of the Project on Defense Alternatives will testify how to transition to a military and foreign policy that is more cooperative, uses more conflict resolution techniques and dramatically reduces military spending.

Kenneth Peres is an economist with the Communications Workers of America. Formerly, he served as economist for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Montana House Committee on Economic Development and the Montana Alliance for Progressive Policy.  Ken has held teaching positions at the University of Montana, St. John’s University, Chief Dull Knife College and the City University of New York.  

Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research will examine the solvency of Social Security, how we can improve it and provide Americans with a secure retirement through lifting the tax cap and raising the payment levels to make it more fair and combat poverty.

Margaret Flowers an organizer of Occupy Washington DC and congressional fellow for Physicians for National Health Program will testify as to how national improved Medicare for all will benefit the economy, provide health care to all Americans and improve health care.

Gar Alperovitz a noted author and with the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives will describe steps that the 99% can take right now to transition to a more democratized economy that gives individuals greater influence over and benefit from the economy and weakens the corporate stranglehold on the political process.

The hearing will be open to the press and public and will be live-streamed on