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Budget for All Update - October 15
October 15, 2012
Take the day off on Election Day! In only three short weeks, one million Massachusetts voters will decide on the Budget for All Referendum, and many of them will not be clear about it before walking into the polling places. We need volunteers to hand out palm cards or flyers at the polls to reach out to those voters as they walk in.
Does your town have a plan for Election Day? Find volunteers to cover the polls, particularly at the heaviest times, 7-9am and 4-8pm. Post rally signs near the polls and hand out materials to voters. For more info or to sign up: budget4allmass.org/election-
Have you seen the new flyer design? This eye-catching flyer is great for reaching out to voters. Contact Paul Shannon at AFSC (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-623-5288) and tell him how many copies you need and what town(s) they will be used in (so we can fill in the right question number).
We still have some rally signs left! Hold them on street corners, post them in yards, and post them up opposite polling places on the morning of election day! Contact email@example.com or call 617-354-2169 and tell us how many your group needs. A donation of $1 per sign will be appreciated but not required. At right, Molly Hansen, Elaine Marin-Ruff, and a third supporter from the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants greeted shoppers at Roche Brothers supermarket in West Roxbury.
Welcome to the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, an alliance of 100 Boston area congregations to do social justice work. CMM endorsed the Budget for All this week!
Kudos to Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey who endorsed the B4A this week! See the full list of sponsors at www.
B4A supporters in Gloucester and Rockport will ask the City Councils of those towns to take a stand on the B4A on October 16 and 23 espectively.
October 22 at noon will be the deadline for many weekly papers to receive letters and op-eds relating to the election. Be sure to submit your article or letter to your local newspaper by then! Contact Paul Shannon, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617 623 5288, for information on how to get press coverage in your town. Check out budget4allmass.org/press
Rep. Jim McGovern, the Mayor of Northampton, and State Reps. Ellen Story and Peter Kocot will speak on the Budget for All tonight, October 15, 7pm at Northampton High School. The event is sponsored by a long list of community organizations, from the American Friends Service Committee to the Northampton Democratic City Committee to Jobs with Justice. http://www.facebook.
Rep. Mike Capuano and other local leaders will speak on the B4A at Codman Square Health Center, Thursday, October 25, 10am, 637 Washington St., Dorchester.
Afghanistan is in the news! The New York Times came out for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan in an editorial October 14, and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has done the same in recent debate appearances. The Budget for All offers Massachusetts voters a perfect way to say they agree. A Brown Bag Lunch Vigil at Sen. Kerry’s Boston office will ask him to get on board, this Wednesday at noon.
Donations are urgently needed to print more materials. Make tax-deductible donations online using the link at www.budget4allmass.org (in the lower left) or send checks to Mass. Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138; write "Budget for All" on your check.
Join us at the next B4A planning meeting: Friday, October 19, 3pm at the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants, 42 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain, near the Green Street stop on the Orange line. Or call in, 712-451-6000 code 161409#