Media Advisory for Saturday, June 11, 2011
Contact: Jose Suarez – 561.267.7069
As Miami-Dade Mayoral Run-Off Election Heats Up… More Than 1,000 Residents Expected to Rally, Call on Giant Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share
MIAMI – More than one thousand Miami-Dade residents and community leaders are expected to rally this Saturday afternoon in Downtown Miami as part of a demonstration calling on giant corporations like Carnival Cruise Lines and Wells Fargo to pay their fair share.
“There’s more than enough money in Miami for everyone to have a good job, decent wages and access to affordable healthcare—as long as corporations do their part” said, Albert, a resident of Miami who is expected to participate in the demonstration. “We need elected leadership in Miami-Dade who will ask giant corporations to be part of the solution, not just use our ports, roads and infrastructure to make million-dollar profits without investing in our future.”
The demonstration is being planned by 1Miami (www.OneMiamiNow.org) a new coalition of community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and workers united to bring good jobs to Miami.
Why these corporations… Wells Fargo received over $4 billion in tax refunds on the state and federal level in 2009 despite a reported $12.2 billion profit. The company followed 2009 with mass layoffs in 2010 and 2011. As reported earlier this year, Carnival Corporation pays almost no income taxes in the United States. From 2008 through 2010, Carnival’s effective global tax rate was 1.04% of its $6.15 billion in pre-tax income. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade residents are facing a dismal job market, increased property taxes and cuts to services, like Jackson Hospital.
As the Miami-Dade Mayoral run-off election nears, the 1Miami demonstration is expected to call on politicians to hold giant corporations accountable to pay their fair share and build a stronger Miami that works for all—not just the rich.
What: More than 1200 participants will gather for a rally and mock grand jury hearing, followed by a march to the Wells Fargo building in downtown Miami.
When: Saturday, June 11, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 P.M.)
Where: Miami’s Bayfront Park (adjacent to the Friendship Torch)
301 N. Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
1Miami is a coalition comprised thousands of Miami residents and progressive organizations like Democracia U.S.A., Florida New Majority and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).