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Budget for All Update, November 2, 2012

There are only four more days until election day!  The issues raised by the Budget for All are at the center of the national debate, as commentators debate whether Democrats and Republicans will make a “grand bargain” to cut Social Security, Medicare, and human services and allow military spending to continue to rise in exchange for modest tax increases on the wealthy, or whether the progressives will have enough muscle to prevent a bad bargain.  “There’s going to be a major effort by lots of groups to make sure the people we vote for don’t sell us down the river,” said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future.    A big vote for the Budget for All in Massachusetts will show that the people demand prosperity, not austerity!

Take the Day Off on election day, this Tuesday, November 6!  We need volunteers at every polling place in 91 cities and towns, especially at the busy times from 7-9 am and 5-8 pm.   Contact your town or district Budget for All coordinator to sign up for a shift and get materials, or contact Paul Shannon (pshannon@afsc.org, 617-623-5288) or Cole Harrison (cole@masspeaceaction.org, 617-4667-9274).   We have plenty of signs, palm cards, and flyers to help you get the word out!

Then, join us at the Victory Party at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. 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 (the big room at the back) as we watch the election returns on a wide screen TV starting at 9pm, courtesy of Doyle's.

Dorchester community leaders, Rep. Mike Capuano, State Rep. Russell Holmes, and City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo spoke at a spirited Budget for All rally at Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester, on October 25.   Watch them make the case for the B4A in a great 3 minute video and read the article in the Bay State Banner.

Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop Cambridge born political comedian Jimmy Tingle, who held a fundraiser for the B4A in the Davis Square Theatre October 30.  Attended by 95 people on a rainy night and addressed by State Sen. Pat Jehlen and Cambridge City Councilor Marjorie Decker, the event raised over $1,000 for B4A costs.  See the photo essay by Tufts student Justin McCallum!

Elected officials who announced their support for Budget for All this week included State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Senators Anthony Petruccelli of Boston and Jamie Eldridge of Acton, State Reps Kay Khan of Newton and Byron Rushing of Boston, Boston City Councilors Felix G. Arroyo, Ayanna Pressley, Stephen J. Murphy, Tito Jackson, Michael P. Ross, and Mark Ciommo, and Cambridge City Councilor and State Rep candidate Marjorie Decker.   The Gloucester City Council also voted endorsed the measure.  We thank them for their support!  Check out our complete list of elected supporters at http://budget4allmass.org/supporters.

Letters and op-eds publicizing our measure ran in local papers in Arlington, Bridgewater, Brookline, Fall River, Newburyport, Newton, Quincy, Raynham, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, and Winchester, as well as in the Jewish Advocate, which editorialized in favor of our measure.   We appeared on Spanish language radio WUNR Wednesday morning, El Planeta radio on October 25, and on Chelsea Community Cable.  Check out our full press archive at http://budget4allmass.org/press.

The day after the election, we’ll focus on interpreting the results and making sure their significance is understood.  Meet at MAHT Wednesday, November 7, at 10am to help with this important work.

The next planning meeting after the election will be held Monday, November 19, 6pm in downtown Boston, place TBD, with dial-in access possible. Circle that date on your calendar to help figure out how we’ll carry the fight against austerity into Congress’ lame duck session and into 2013!