VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN OUTSIDE THE “Q” DURING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:10.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN, AND OTHER PROTESTERS,  OUTSIDE THE “Q” (QUICKEN LOANS ARENA) DURING THE FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2015
 
 
 
 
MEDIA: In addition to the national media, the local media, as well as the independent media were present in full force.
 
HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS PREVIEWED THE DEBATE FROM THEIR STAGE INSTALLED ON EAST 4TH STREET.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CNN PREVIEWED THE DEBATE FROM THEIR TENT ON WEST HURON ROAD IN FRONT OF THE “Q”.
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THE TEN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie;
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio;
Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson; 
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker;
Real Estate Magnate Donald Trump; 
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; 
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; 
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; 
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
 
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AMERICANS UNITED FOR CHANGE,
GOP: WAY TOO EXTREME,
GOP FIELD: OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF DATE,
WHO PULLS THE GOP STRINGS? BIG OIL, WALL STREET CEO’S, BILLIONAIRES, NRA.
 
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GOP GOP GOP GOP GOP GOP
NEVER HAVE SO MANY DONE SO FEW FOR SO LITTLE.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
GOP FIELD: OUT OF TOUCH, OUT OF DATE.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
WHO PULLS THE GOP STRINGS? BIG OIL, WALL STREET CEO’S, BILLIONAIRES, NRA.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, 
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FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO,
SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE HAVE NOT WEAKENED US AS A NATION, BUT HIS POLICIES WILL,
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RETIRED NEUROSURGEON BEN CARSON,
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WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER,
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REAL ESTATE MAGNATE DONALD TRUMP,
DEPORATIONS DESTROY FAMILIES, 
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FORMER FLORIDA GOV. JEB BUSH,
GOP: WAY TOO EXTREME,
PHASE OUT JEB BUSH, NOT MEDICARE,
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FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE,
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TEXAS SEN. TED CRUZ,
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KENTUCKY SEN. RAND PAUL,
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OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH, 
PRO-LIFE OHIANS AGAINST KASICH,
SHAME ON KASICH,
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PROTESTERS: In addition to the VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN, there were many other protesters.
 
THE POOR
THE WAR
THE WORLD
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NO TO GMO (GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS),
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
ABOLISH ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS,
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STOP MURDER BY POLICE,
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LEGALIZE HEMP FARMING,
NO TO GMO,
GOP GOP GOP GOP GOP GOP,
NEVER HAVE SO MANY DONE SO FEW FOR SO LITTLE,
MESSAGE FROM THE CROSS,
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ATMOSPHERE: The atmosphere ouside The “Q” was festival-like. Every one was well behaved and enjoyed the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
INTERVIEWS: The VOTE NO ON SIN TAX campaign was interviewed by a number of TV channels. 
 
The WELCOME JIMMY DEMORA SQUARE campaign was featured on the local Mike Trivassano Radio show.
 
 
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO CAMPAIGN:
The campaign is opposing the Sin Tax levy to support Arts and Culture (a.k.a. Cigarette Smokers of Cuyahoga County) that will be on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
 
The campaign officially kicked off on June 24, 2015.  As of August 21, 2015 – there have been 42-demonstrations for a total of nearly 160-hours. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEN-YEAR LEVY:
The ten-year levy (2017-2026) on cigarettes at the rate of 30 cents per pack will be a continuation of the existing (2007-2016) levy. The Sin Tax levy, promoted by Jimmy Dimora was first approved in 2006 by a vote of 56 to 44%.
WHY THE OPPOSITION: While I don’t smoke, I love the Arts and the role they play in enriching our lives on a daily basis. As a volunteer teacher, for the past 10-years, at a CMSD(Cleveland Metropolitan School District) school -- I have integrated the Arts in the teaching of Science, Math, and Engineering. The practice, in Cuyahoga County, to tax cigarette smokers to support the Arts is unfair, totally repugnant, and aesthetically insensitive. Sin Taxes are regressive taxes that take a higher percentage of income from our poorest and most vulnerable citizens. We need fair funding for the Arts where we all pay, not just cigarette smokers, for an activity we all enjoy. This is a social justice issue.
 
CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION: I am a senior citizen -- an army of one -- CEO, President, Secretary, and Treasurer – all rolled in one – based on the belief that it takes only one finger to stir the pot. I have a dedicated Facebook group and my own blog at REALNEO. I have literally no expenses. The $5 signs are left over from last year’s campaign. The flyers are printed at home. 
 
STATUS OF CAMPAIGN: As of August 21, 2015, there have been 42-demonstrations for a total of nearly 160-hours in county districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 from South Euclid to the county border with Lorain and from the shores of Lake Erie to Middleburg Heights. 
 
I plan to demonstrate in all 11 county districts with my $5 VOTE NO ON SIN TAX signs challenging the estimated $1.6 million that the proponents propose to spend. I am up against Cuyahoga County’s well oiled-machine supported by the rich business establishment and with endless support from the Plain Dealer’s reportage. I plan to give the opposition a run for their money. 
 
I demonstrate along streets and at busy traffic intersections using my VOTE NO ON SIN TAX signs. I walk for miles on end and use public transportation to cover long distances. So far, I have walked the equivalent of nearly 500 miles. I have distributed over 800 flyers (only to those who request a copy), and thousands have seen the campaign signs.
 
LOVE THE ARTS:
Music, Painting, Drama, Drawing, Dance, Sculpture, Opera, etc.
We should all pay taxes to fund the Arts, not just tax citizens who smoke. VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENDS SHOULD NEVER JUSTIFY THE MEANS, 
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CIGARETTE SMOKERS OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY, 
have provided, since 2006, $125 million, for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture including Parade the Circle event. 
THIS IS NOT FAIR! FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
Remember, only Taxes on Cigarettes pay for Art & Culture.
TAX ALL OR TAX NONE.
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Cuyahoga Arts & Culture a.k.a. Cigarette Smokers of Cuyahoga County.
FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.
VOTE NO ON SIN TAX ON NOVEMBER 3, 2015 IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
 
 
 
 
 
CORPORATE WELFARE FOR THE CLEVELAND ART MUSEUM!
Paid for by:The Cigarette Smokers of Cuyahoga County.
Cleveland Museum of Art with nearly $1 billion in assets (896 million to be exact)
has received, since 2006, $11.8 million from taxes on cigarettes. (Ref. Roldo Bartimole: “OLD CLEVELAND WEALTH CAN FUND THE ARTS”, May 28, 2015)
THIS IS NOT FAIR!
On November 3, 2015, fight for Social Justice and VOTE NO ON SIN TAX!
 
 
 
 
 
REFERENCES:
 
07-11-15: BREAKING NEWS: IS THE PLAIN DEALER IN BED WITH THE RICH AND POWERFUL IN CLEVELAND, OHIO!
 
08-27-15: LATE NEWS: 26TH ANNUAL PARADE THE CIRCLE EVENT WELCOMED VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN!
 
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