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Budget for All Update, October 22
Rep. Jim McGovern joined Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, state reps Peter Kocot and Ellen Story, two candidates, and two city councilors and spoke out for the Budget for All at Northampton High School on Monday, October 15. “You are the real patriots. We need a new activism, a budget that reflects the values of this country…. This [ referendum ] ought to stiffen the backbone of some of those representatives. I look forward to reading in Congress the list of communities that has passed it,” McGovern told the crowd of 125 people. Video
Jo Comerford of the National Priorities Project presented the facts and figures underlying the Budget for All at the Northampton forum. Check out her slides and use them in your own presentations! Another great presentation of the issues is the article by Rebecca Thiess of the Economic Policy Institute which ran in the Huffington Post on October 19.
Welcome to our 21 new sponsoring organizations this week: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Alliance to Develop Power, Amherst League of Women Voters, Can't Be Neutral, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Climate Action NOW!, First Churches Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC), Grace Church Peace Fellowship, MoveOn of Western Mass, National Priorities Project, Northampton Committee to Stop Wars, Northampton Democratic City Committee, Occupy Amherst Schools in Solidarity, Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party, Population & Development Program of Hampshire College, the Leverett Peace Commission, Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War, Western Mass American Friends Service Committee, and Western Mass Jobs With Justice. Check out the full list at budget4allmass.org/sponsors.
Rep. Mike Capuano heads up a group of community and political leaders who will speak out for the Budget for All this Thursday, October 25, 10am, at the Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester. Five blocks from Shawmut (T).
Jimmy Tingle for President, The Funniest Campaign in History, will be an evening of laughs about serious business in support of the Budget for All Referendum. Tuesday, October 30. We’ll watch the final Warren-Brown debate at 7pm, and Jimmy’s show begins at 8. Davis Square Theater, 255 Elm St., Somerville. $10 donation, $5 for students, to benefit the Budget for All campaign. Cash bar; complimentary refreshments. Reserve your ticket online at budget4allmass.org/tingle.
State Rep. Peter Kocot, Mayor David Narkewicz, and City Councilors Pamela Schwartz and Jesse Adams of Northampton, Reps. Gloria Fox and Russell Holmes and City Councilor Frank Baker of Boston, City Councilor and State Rep. candidate Aaron Vega of Holyoke, and State Rep. candidate Scott Laugenour of the southern Berkshires, endorsed the Budget for All Referendum this week. We thank them for their support!
We will be ordering palm cards for election day featuring a similar design as the yard and rally signs (still being tweaked). To figure out how many cards your town needs, consider the number of polling places in your town, the number of volunteers you can recruit to cover them, and the voter turnout in a presidential year. Figure that 50% of the voters show up between 7-9:30 am and 5-8 pm, and that 2/3 of voters take one if offered. Please give Cole or Paul your estimate by Thursday, October 25! There will be no charge to the towns for palm cards, though donations in any amount are still needed and will be gratefully accepted. We will also have large quantities of flyers available by Thursday (see the design here); let's get them out!
Take the day off on Election Day! In only two 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, November 6? 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-day. And watch the returns together at our Victory Party at Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain (near Green Street stop, Orange Line T). Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants is hosting the victory party for the Budget for All Coalition - all B4A volunteers are welcome! Free bar food in the Menino Room starting at 9pm, courtesy of Doyle's.
Join us at the next B4A planning meeting: Friday, October 26, 3:30 pm at the AFSC office, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, between Porter and Davis on the Red line. Or call in, 712-451-6000, code 161409#.