Hello, my name is Jake Fleming and I am a Peer Specialist at Northeast Treatment Centers, but first and foremost I am a grateful & blessed recovering alcoholic and drug addict.
I have been asked to talk to you about my story. On February 28th, 2008, I surrendered to alcohol & drug abuse. I knew I needed treatment after 30 years of alcoholism & drug addiction. I would not be alive today had I not received treatment. I was homeless, destitute, sick physically & mentally.
Receiving cash assistance and medical insurance helped me get in a recovery house and to outpatient treatment.
I was told by the doctors at detox that had I not sought out help when I did I probably would not have lived 2 more months. That’s how sick I was. With the assistance I was able to receive, I was able to have a place to live, receive treatment for my abuse, recover, and complete the program.
I have been clean & sober for 4 years now. I am employed, paying taxes, supporting myself and my 14-year-old daughter, whom I neglected for years.
If the budget proposed by Gov. Corbett goes through, the impact will be devastating to the city as well as the state. Homelessness will skyrocket as people seeking treatment in recovery houses & treatment programs will have nowhere to go.
We recently did a survey of clients at the NorthEast Treatment Center and asked if they lost these benefits, how would this affect them and 80% stated they would be homeless. Many of them believed that they would basically have no choice but to resort back to what they know, for instance, burglary, prostitution, drug dealing and more abuse, instead of receiving the help they so desperately need.
Where is the shared sacrifice? As I stated I know I would not be alive today, supporting my child who needs me, and be a productive member of society had I been denied the help I was asking for.
This assistance SAVED MY LIFE! Please do not pass this ridiculous budget. If it is passed, it will be ugly out there. People will die. I am living proof of what the assistance can do.
Jake Fleming to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health & Human Services Hearing
I talk about Governor Tom Corbett’s report on roads and bridges. The pro-business lobby is telling him to invest but because of Grover Norquist he seems like he’s rather wait out and hope the bridges collapse under SOMEONE ELSE’S feet. I also talk about how Romney lies about the stimulus and instead of rebuilding bridges it gave tax breaks. That’s not how you rebuild a country. I also talk about American Austerity.
Come to the May Day Rally at the state capitol.
Let’s talk about “FREE MARKETS”:
Corbett is seeking action now apparently to demonstrate the state’s commitment to sharing the costs of the multibillion-dollar project. The credits would have an aggregate value of nearly $1.7 billion over the 25 years that they would remain in place
If you listen to ONLY ONE SHOW EVER, be sure it’s this one!
Guests included: Rob Teplitz on what leverage we have to force a moral budget. Susan Gobreski about how a token increase in education doesn’t even come close to making up for the gutting of the past 2 years. Abe Amoros on how Corbett’s infrastructure plans will hardly pave a road. Michael Froehlich on social services spending and how hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will remain harmed by Corbett’s war on health care. Jerry Oleksiak, PSEA VP on why this budget isn’t taking out all the stops, or really stopping at all, for children Rick Bloomingdale, President of the PA AFLCIO wraps up our discussion on the budget
Today students as young as 8 walked out of school to protest Governor Corbett’s education cuts from the past 2 years. The district was not happy.
This article claims the district will get more money is Corbett destroys the pension system. Like the feeble amount of money he’s giving the city, this would provide no short term help for education, but also lead to more experienced teachers leaving the field.
The answer to austerity is NEVER more austerity. It’s time for districts around the state to stop opposing students expressing their first amendment and start working with them to defeat Corbett’s cut gut and punish agenda.