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Why should New Yorkers protest the Republican National Convention?

• Bush has shortchanged New York City on homeland security funding and endangered our neighbors.

• Bush has cut funding for our schools, hospitals and homes.

Facts you can use:

• Portion of EPA samples of the air around Ground Zero that showed asbestos levels higher than the agency's own 1% danger threshold while the Bush administration was saying it was safe to return downtown after September 11: 1/3 (source: The Daily News 8/26/03 and 10/28/03)

• Odds that a member of the New York-based 442nd Military Police is suffering from exposure to depleted uranium shells during their recent deployment to Iraq: 4 out of 9 (source: The Daily News 4/4/04; The Daily News tested 9 for exposure; 4 tested positive. One of the four, Staff Sgt. Ray Ramos, a Brooklyn housing cop, is experiencing "daily headaches, constant numbness in my hands and rashes on my stomach" as a result.)

• Amount the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) says it needs to be prepared for terrorist attacks: $331 million (source: The Daily News 10/21/03).

• Amount the FDNY has received in homeland security funding: $36 million (source: The Daily News 10/21/03).

• Among the fifty states, New York’s rank in antiterrorist funding on a per capita basis: 49 (source: Jack Newfield, “Bush To City: Drop Dead” in The Nation, April 1, 2004)

• Amount that Bush's proposed cuts to Section 8 rent subsidies would take away from the 112,000 city residents currently using the program: $104 million (source: The Daily News 3/25/04).

• Amount of funding to New York City schools Bush has cut over the last two years: $1.2 billion
(source: An “F” For Education: A Two-Year Review Of The No Child Left Behind Act, Congressman Anthony D. Weiner, September 7, 2003)

• Amount the Republican Medicare bill is depriving New York City hospitals in federal funding: $400 million (source: Jack Newfield, “Bush To City: Drop Dead” in The Nation, April 1, 2004)

• Number of jobs lost in the United States since Bush took office: 3 million (source: The Daily News 2/23/04)

• Number of jobs lost in New York City since Bush took office: 232,400 (source: The Daily News 2/23/04)

• Amount Bush has raised for his campaign: a record $182 million (source: The Daily News 4/3/04).

• Number of New Yorkers the RNC wants to work for them for free: 8000

Alternative:

• Where can I go to find out how to really help my fellow New Yorkers? The volunteer board at CounterConvention.org.

[Please send your research, with sources, to us at info@rncwatch.org.]

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