Our Question

Shall the state Representative (or Senator) from this district be instructed to vote in favor of a resolution calling upon the Congress and the President to:

1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;

2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;

3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and

4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.

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Tax Day: A Time to Speak up for our Values

Saturday, April 11, 12:30 to 4:00 pm - Copley Square, Boston


Whether we are working for decent jobs, affordable housing, racial justice, labor rights, sanity on climate change, protecting social security, education, health care, criminal justice reform, economic rights, fair taxes, an end to poverty and hunger, abolishing nuclear weapons or reducing the Pentagon budget – we all have a stake in the budget debates now going on in Washington.

This year, the prognosis in Washington is especially dire given that Republicans control both houses of Congress and are sharpening their knives to cut vital programs the country needs. At the same time both Congress and the President are calling for increasing the Pentagon budget and spending billions to upgrade our vast nuclear weapons capability. Meanwhile the highest income groups and corporate tax cheats merrily go there way instead of paying their fair share.

But there are voices everywhere in the country speaking up for common sense, peace, public programs that our families need, and a country we can be proud of. On Tax Day we will join our voices to theirs and insist on budget priorities and tax policies that match our values.

Join a protest rally at a corporate tax cheat at 12:30, followed by an indoor forum and speakout at 2:00 which will be addressed by citizen groups, ordinary people, and elected officials in support of a Budget for All!    Download the flyer! 

Tax Day Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm

Old South Church

645 Boylston St, Boston

 

Mel King 
Jimmy Tingle 
Grace Ross
Sen. Jason Lewis
Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Rep. Jay Livingstone
Sen. Sal DiDomenico
Angela Canterbury, Council for a Livable World
Jill Stein, Green Rainbow Party
Carl Williams, American Civil Liberties Union
Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee
Ed Woll, Mass. Sierra Club
Harris Gruman, SEIU State Political Director
Darrin Howell, 1199SEIU
Cleve Rea, Boston Homeless Solidarity
Rhonda Jackson, Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants
Kathy Watkins, Cambridge Residents Alliance
Jonathan King, Professor of Biology, MIT; medical researcher and NIH grant recipient
Liz King, MoveOn Boston Council
Mary Regan, New England Tax Resistance
Jennifer Horsburgh, Divest Newton, Newton North High School
Mass. Senior Action
Mass. Jobs with Justice
Massachusetts Teachers Association
RaiseUp Massachusetts

and more

lunch will be served at the forum

 

Apple: Pay all your taxes like the rest of us!

Rally to Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Saturday, April 11, 12:30 pm

Apple Store, 815 Boylston St. at Fairfield, Boston · Copley T

BlueAppleLogo.50Apple Computer moves most of its profits into offshore tax havens so it doesn’t have to pay U.S. taxes on them. Apple avoids paying $44 billion in taxes on profits it has parked overseas over the years! Bank of America does the same. Other companies like Verizon and Citibank don’t pay any taxes at all! Imagine what all those billions and billions of dollars could do for mass transit, renewable energy, poverty alleviation, education, job creation! Instead, with all the money they save, they can buy elections. OK boys: Time to pay your share.

2015 Tax Day Forum for A Budget For All!

Video highlights of the Budget for All Massachusetts annual forum from April 11, 2015 at Old South Church, Boston. The event, in support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus' People's Budget, provided a community platform on how taxpayers' money should be spent. With remarks by Mel King, Grace Ross, Jimmy Tingle, Barbara Madeloni, Jamie Eldridge, Jill Stein, and 26 other speakers representing a wide range of Massachusetts labor, community, faith, and political leaders. Videography by Werner Grundl. 21 minutes.

Video highlights of the forum:

RALLY AT DORCHESTER “T” STATION TO URGE CONGRESS TO FUND "T"

Ashmont Rally

On a brisk Friday morning, 3/20/15, the “Budget for All Coalition”, Dorchester People for Peace representing 80 organizations from community, labor, and peace groups leafleted commuters and rallied at the Ashmont, Dorchester MBTA Station.
See more photos on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/events/802564483153295/

8.4 Million Good Paying Jobs! The People’s Budget: A Raise For America!

Watch Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison unveil People’s Budget: A Raise For America.

What the People’s Budget would provide for working Americans:

  • 8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018
  • $1.9 trillion investment in America’s future
  • $820 billion towards America's crumbling infrastructure including transportation
  • strengthen middle and working classes
  • preserve and protect the social safety net
  • close corporate tax loopholes and have the very wealthy pay their fair share
  • combat community-devastating and job-killing climate change with a carbon tax and transportation improvements
  • cut waste from the base military budget and axe the Pentagon’s “Overseas Contingency Operations” slush fund

  • Only three of our nine Massachusetts representatives have supported this budget in the past. Let’s increase support for the People's Budget here in Massachusetts! Contact your Representative TODAY and ask him or her to vote for the People’s Budget!!!

    This Friday 7:30 to 9:30 am, at Ashmont Station! Fed Up with MBTA Cuts? There Is an Alternative!

    Bostonians Freezing in the Snow

    Join Budget for All on Friday morning, March 20, 7:30 to 9:30 am, at Ashmont MBTA Station to leaflet commuters over the threat of further MBTA funds cut by the feds.

    Over the years, Congress has cut funds for MBTA operations and upkeep—and this winter we really felt it. Next week, Congress is poised to cut even more!

    But there is an alternative!

    Budget for All Resolutions Filed!

    The Budget for All resolution has been filed in the State House and Senate!
    Its House number is H.3144 and Senate number is S.1906.

    House sponsors:

    A Briefing on the Federal Budget

    Featuring:

    Carolyn Federoff, AFGE Local 3258 and Vice President, Mass. AFL-CIO

    Doug Hall, Executive Director, National Priorities Project

    Michael Kane, Executive Director Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants

    Sunday, February 22, 2015 ~ 2:00 pm
    Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston
    (Hamilton Pl. is across Tremont St. from Park Street MBTA station)

    Budget decisions made in Washington this year could have a profound impact our quality of life for years to come.

    Budget for All Lobby Day

    Budget for All!  2nd Lobby Day

    Thursday, May 29
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    Massachusetts State House
    Room 511

    Supported by 75% of voters in 91 cities and towns across the state, the Budget for All reso­lutions, S.1750 and H.3211, are pending before the Massa­chusetts House and Senate’s committees on Ways and Means.

    Can you help?  With over 50 legislators to visit, we need YOU on May 29 to make sure all of them know about the Budget for All!

    No lobbying experience needed!  We will start with updates and background information on the Budget for All, then divide up into groups.   Each group will visit 8-10 offices during the day.   

    Please sign up!  Call 617-354-2169 or email info@budget4allmass.org.

    Stop the Cuts · Invest in Jobs · End Corporate Tax Breaks · Reduce Military Spending

     Budget for All!  

    11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Budget4AllMass.org • (617) 354-2169 • info@Budget4AllMass.org

    We Pay our Taxes. Are we getting what we need?

    By Daniel Habtemariam

    Activists and organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston Saturday, April 12 for a Tax Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.

    The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”

    The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor militarism and devalue social and societal needs.

    Protesters began the day outside Bank of America, denouncing it for paying no federal taxes in 2013, a practice made possible by loopholes carved out in tax law for companies like Bank of America, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil, which are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world.  The crowd was vibrant and with banners and posters flying high drew the attention of hundreds of passersby and elicited more than a few honks and waves from members of the public.

    In the afternoon, the group marched to a nearby church and held a forum to hear from community and political leaders about how we got to this point and what we can do about it.  Speakers ranged from Senator Elizabeth Warren (by video) to Grace Ross from the National Alliance of HUD Tenants to the venerable civil rights activist and former state representative Mel King to freshman Congresswoman Katherine Clark.  A framework for action included a diverse set of initiatives, including immediate measures like collecting signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time ballot initiatives, as championed by Harris Gruman of the SEIU State Council, to medium-term measures like lobbying the six Massachusetts congressmen who voted NO to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget last week, as championed by Michael Kane, to more long-term initiatives like proposals to wipe out childhood poverty in Massachusetts, as championed by gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick.

    The day ended with thanks from the organizers, and the crowd disbursed with a renewed vision for the future of our society and an enriched understanding of the trickle-down consequences of a budget that favors the few. 

    Video highlights of the forum:

    See the video greetings by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Barney Frank to the Budget for All forum.

    See the video of the Tax Day Rally at Bank of America which immediately preceded the forum.

    Tax Day Rallies

    We pay our taxes.

    Are we getting what we need?

    Saturday, April 12, 2pm
    Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

    Mel King • Rep. Jim McGovern • Rep. Katherine Clark • Grace Ross, MC
    Haris Gruman, SEIU • Lew Finfer, Raise Up Mass • Rep. Jay Livingstone • Carolyn Federoff, AFGE 3258 • M.K. Merelice, Green Rainbow Party• Nathan Proctor, Mass Fair Share • Joe Kebartas, Veterans for Peace
    Alex Fish, Mass PIRG • Joann Thomas & Alex Booth, MAHT
    Tilly Texeira, Mass Senior Action • Amy Tighe, 350 Mass • Dr. Richard Fine, Medical Researcher • Rob Folan-Johnson, ACT-UP • Video message from Barney Frank

    The way we raise and spend our taxes tells us a lot about what our country has become.

    Why do working people pay their taxes, while the rich and corporations get huge tax breaks?

    Why are we cutting medical research, Head Start, housing, food stamps and unemployment insurance -- while we spend more on the Pentagon than the next 10 countries combined?

    Why is there no national jobs program -- when there are still more than 10 million unemployed and our state plans to spend $2 billion on new prisons?

    Why can energy companies pollute the atmosphere and destroy the climate, but there is no price for emitting carbon?

    We need a Budget for All!

    Tell Congress to support the

    Better Off Budget


    Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

    Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm
    Bank of America
    440 Boylston St. at Berkeley St., Boston

    Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


    Worcester Rally

    Thursday, April 10, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
    Bank of America
    255 Park Ave., Worcester

    Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


    Budget for All!info@budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169 – www.budget4allmass.org

    Stop the Cuts – Invest in Jobs – Tax the 1% – Bring the Troops Home – Reduce Military Spending

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        1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
        ACT UP Boston (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)
        Action for Peace Working Group/Occupy Boston
        AFGE/Local 3258/AFL-CIO
        Alliance for Peace and Justice
        Alliance to Develop Power
        American Friends Service Committee
        Amherst League of Women Voters
        ARISE for Social Justice
        Arlington Fund Our Communities/Reduce Military Spending 25%
        Arlington United for Justice with Peace
        Boston Coalition to Fund Our Communities/Cut Military Spending 25%
        Boston Workers Alliance
        Brookline PAX
        Cambridge United for Justice with Peace
        Can't be Neutral
        Chelsea Collaborative
        Chelsea Uniting Against the War
        Chinese Progressive Association
        Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
        Climate Action NOW!
        Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
        Democratic Socialists of America - Boston chapter
        Doctors for Global Health
        Dorchester People for Peace
        Eastern Massachusetts Coalition to Fund our Communities/ Reduce Military Spending 25% (aka: 25% Campaign)
        Essex Towers Tenants Association
        Fenway Community Development Corporation
        First Churches Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC)
        First Parish Church in Bridgewater, Social Justice Committee
        Fund Our Communities Not War/Massachusetts
        Grace Church Peace Fellowship
        Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
        Leverett Peace Commission
        Lexington Justice and Peace
        Madison Park Development Corporation
        Majority Agenda Project
        Mary Ellen McCormack Tenant Task Force
        Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
        Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants
        Massachusetts Communities Action Network
        Massachusetts Global Action
        Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
        Massachusetts Nurses Association
        Massachusetts Peace Action
        Massachusetts Union of Public Housing Tenants
        MassOccupy/Brookline
        Merrimack Valley People for Peace
        Metrowest Peace Action
        Milton for Peace
        MoveOn Boston Council
        MoveOn of Western Mass
        MoveOn South Shore Council
        National Priorities Project
        Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)
        New England United for Justice (NEU4J)
        Newton Dialogues on Peace & War
        North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice
        Northampton Committee to Stop Wars
        Northampton Democratic City Committee
        Occupy Amherst Schools in Solidarity
        Occupy Arlington
        Occupy Fall River
        Occupy Newton
        Occupy Winchester
        Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship
        Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party
        Population & Development Program, Hampshire College
        Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
        Quequechan Alliance
        Right to the City VOTE!
        SEIU Local 615
        Survivors Inc.
        UNITE HERE New England Joint Board
        United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
        United for Justice with Peace
        United National Antiwar Coalition
        Veterans for Peace - Smedley Butler Brigade
        Walpole Peace & Justice Group
        Ward 15 Democratic Committee, Boston
        Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice and the Environment
        Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War
        Western Mass American Friends Service Committee
        Western Mass Jobs With Justice
        Women's International League for Peace & Freedom - Boston Branch
        Worcester Unemployed Action Group

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