Aug 7, 2012
Hundreds of Downstate University Hospital workers and their supporters from communities around Brooklyn filled the streets in front of the hospital today. They were rallying to give a big and loud “no” to Governor Cuomo’s plan for layoffs there. The Governor has been crying poverty for state finances while, at the same time, steadfastly refusing to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers. People opposing the layoffs and cutbacks point out that a fair taxation program would go a long way to alleviate the budget crisis and would be much more equitable solution.
Community residents joined the Downstate employees in protesting the threatened cutbacks because the hospital serves a huge section of the borough including large areas of Brooklyn’s poorest communities. Residents depend on the hospital as a mainstay of their health care and layoffs and cuts or closures would be devastating to those neighborhoods.
Brooklyn For Peace members were out in force to stand in solidarity with the embattled workers and their unions who have been the main target of the Governor in his effort to close or privatize hospitals in Brooklyn. BFP, with their signs, raised the issue of the wars and the trillions of dollars used to pursue them. They also called for a drastic slashing in the bloated annual Pentagon budget so that money could be moved from war to our suffering communities. Their presence was warmly appreciated and noted.
Click here to see all the photos and a video from the day’s event.