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GOP Extremists: Cease & Desist!
It’s time to listen to what the voters keep saying about the Budget:
Wednesday, October 16, 12 noon
The Budget for All! campaign calls for an emergency protest:
• No to a Republican shutdown: too many people get hurt
• No to defaulting on the debt: even more of us will get hurt
• No to a bad Grand Bargain: The president must stand firm against cuts to Social Security and other vital programs
• Yes to the Budget for All! agenda supported 3 to 1 by Mass. voters in last year’s election:
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.
Gather at the offices of the Republican State Committee for a protest. We will deliver a Cease & Desist Order to the state Republican Party urging them to repudiate extremist leadership and tell them to raise the debt limit, stop the shutdown, stop sequestration, and support the Budget for All! platform. We will also call on President Obama to stand firm against GOP demands for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other vital programs as part of a grand bargain.
Speakers will include federal employees who have been furloughed and others directly affected by the threatened shutdown.
There will be a specific call made to Republican "moderates" in the House, urging them to sign the discharge petition forcing a vote on a clean CR and debt limit increase. So far, only one—Rep. Peter King (R-NY)—has pledged to do so. “It would take only 16 more House Republicans to end this whole crisis,” commented Paul Shannon of the American Friends Service Committee.
Wednesday’s action is sponsored by the Budget for All Campaign with the support of the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, American Federation of Government Employees/Local 3258, MoveOn, Mass Fair Share, and allied labor, peace and social justice groups. It is one of more than 40 similar “Cease and Desist” actions nationwide called by USAction, the Coalition for Human Needs, Americans for Tax Fairness, American Federation of Government Employees, and other organizations.
“Budget for All” is a network of over 80 groups, supported by several dozen elected officials, which placed a public policy question on the ballot last November. This event will highlight the only real solution to the budget crisis in Washington, based on that “Budget for All” public policy question, which won overwhelming support from voters in all 91 cities and towns across the whole state where it was on the ballot – and which reflects popular sentiment across the country.
Budget for All!
www.budget4allmass.org • 617-354-2169