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.

Donate to the Campaign!

The Budget for All referendum campaign needs donations to pay for printing and supplies. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Please use the "Donate" link below to give online. Make checks out to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund and mail to 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; please write "Budget for All" on the memo line.



Southeastern Mass. Kickoff Meeting


Those interested in learning more about the Budget for All Referendum, or interested in helping collect signatures to get it on the ballot, are invited to the meeting.

DATE: Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: Smith Neck Quaker Meeting, 594 Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth
THE ISSUE: To put the BUDGET FOR ALL on the November Ballot.
CONTACT: Rachel Tedesco, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, cell phone: 508-944-6436; email: revrayted@comcast.net.

Agenda:
Slide presentation on the Budget for All issues agenda
Guidelines for gathering petition signatures
Prioritizing districts and setting up coordination in Southeastern Mass.

Boston area outreach May 19-20

Join one of these groups as we gather petition signatures this weekend!

Saturday, May 19

Belmont: Belmont Town Day, tentatively 10-1. Contact Thea Paneth, tpaneth@gmail.com.

Brookline: 12:00 noon-1pm. Meet at Coolidge Corner and look for the multi-colored peace flags. Contact Frank Farlow (frank.farlow@verizon.net) to sign up, or just come by.

Cambridge: 11am, tentatively at Trader Joe's on Memorial Drive. Contact Paul Shannon, pshannon@afsc.org, 617 623 5288, to sign up. Be sure to let Paul know if you are thinking of coming, as if enough people don't sign up he'll go to Davis instead.

Dorchester: 9:30 am on - join Dorchester People for Peace at Little League fields in Savin Hill, Town Field (Fields Corner), and Pope John Paul Park (Neponset). Contact Jeff Klein, jjk123@comcast.net.

Door-knocking day in Ward 15 (Fields Corner). Contact Lucia at New England United for Justice, lucia.neunited4justice@gmail.com.

Natick: 4-5:30 pm. Roche Bros. Tentative - contact Carol Coakley, coakley50@earthlink.net.

Newton: Newtonville, meet at 9:30 am in front of Bank of America, then move to Whole Foods. Contact Ann Glick, 617 818-8367.

Somerville: 10am. Meet at Davis Square T station, corner of Highland Ave. and College Ave. Contact Ben Gworek, bgworek@lifefantastic.org, (401) 316-3697.

12 noon - 6pm. Somerville "Porchfest". Listen to some cool music and get some signatures. Contact Ben and he will pair people up, provide petitions and instruction, and get you on your way.

West Roxbury: Roche Bros., 1800 Centre St. Alliance of HUD Tenants. Contact Molly at 617-959-3288 to help.

New endorsers!

New endorsers this week include:

Brookline PAX
Chelsea Collaborative
Chelsea Uniting Against the War
Democratic Socialists of America - Boston local
Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
Progressive Democrats of America
Walpole Peace & Justice Group

Together we can do it!

Boston area outreach this weekend

Join one of these groups as we gather petition signatures this weekend!

Saturday, May 12

Cambridge: 10am. Meet at Au Bon Pain, 684 Massachusetts Ave., near Central Square. Contact Mass. Peace Action or Paul Shannon at AFSC to sign up.

Arlington: 10am-12 noon. Post Office, 10 Court Street, Arlington Center.

Brookline: 12:00 noon-1pm. Meet at Coolidge Corner and look for the multi-colored peace flags. Contact Frank Farlow to sign up, or just come by.

Sunday, May 13

Dorchester: 7:15am. Collect signatures at the Mother's Day Walk for Peace. Meet with Dorchester People for Peace at Town Field, Fields Corner.

Newton: 1pm. Spring Fair, at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Meet at the Newton Dialogues on Peace & War table.

Sign up on the volunteer form.

Write a Letter! Bring Common Sense to Budget Conversations

There's a whole lot of crazy talk in Washington about the budget. The House even passed a bill further cutting programs for working people so that they can fund weapon systems! So it's time to turn the conversation around, says campaigner Paul Shannon, "with a letter writing drive that let's the public know about the costs of Washington's priorities and tells them about the Budget-for-All signature gathering."

The campaign has provided a sample text that can be copied from this webpage or simply downloaded (both files have the same text, one is in Word format and the other is a plain text) and modified by you. Click on "read more" below for the letter and to download the files.

Maps

Maps to help you find your district boundaries

Checklist for Gathering Signatures

Download a printable copy of this page

  • Only the signatures of registered voters are valid, others don’t count. (The voter may fill in a registration card and sign the petition on the same day.)
  • Collect only signatures from one city or town on any given petition page (print the name of that city or town in the space at the bottom). Signatures from another city or town must be written on a different petition form designated for that city or town.
  • Collect only signatures from one State Rep or State Senate district on any given petition page.
    • Be sure you know the exact boundaries of the district you are collecting for before you go out. Check our Targeted Districts list if necessary.
    • A district might contain some complete towns and some partial towns. For the partial towns, you'll need a map or street list in order to find out whether a given voter's address is in your district!
    • Using a laptop or smartphone, you can also go to wheredoivotema.com to find out which district a given address is in. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom where it says "New District Information".

Referendum Materials

New Color Flyers

Help distribute these half page flyers widely! Tell Paul Shannon at AFSC how many you need and when, and he will print them in color for you. Pass them out at public events, subway stops, anywhere voters gather.

You can also print these flyers yourself -- they look ok in black and white also.

Here is the version with no question number filled in and ones that say Vote Yes on 4 and Vote Yes on 5. (Numbers 6 and 7 coming soon) Use the version with the question number in your town.

Other Flyers

Here are other flyer designs. Feel free to modify to suit -- with local contact info, material about your town or your view of the issues. Send requests or suggestions for improvement to the Materials Committee c/o Cole Harrison (cole@masspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169>.

Half Page Flyer - Version 1 (Motivation)

Question 4
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 5
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 6
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 7
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Half Page Flyers - Version 2 (Issues)

Question 4
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 5
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 6
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Question 7
B&W: Word or PDF format; Color: Word or PDF format

Full page Flyer Insides. Use with either half page flyer as the outside.

Version 1 - Policy
Word or PDF format

Version 2 - Motivation
Word or PDF format

Version 3 - Values
Word or PDF format

Other Flyers

3 up flyer: The Choice - pdf or Word format

Dorchester People for Peace Flyer: Word format

Right to the City VOTE! Flyer - pdf format. English, Spanish, or Chinese.

United for Justice with Peace Flyers: Word format

Signs

Order Yard Signs and Rally Signs!

The Coalition has ordered yard signs and rally signs. Both are 18"x24". The yard signs and the first design of the rally signs do not have the question number in; you need to write in the question number for your town with a red magic marker (recruit a volunteer with good penmanship so it looks good). The second design of the rally sign lists Question 4 and is for use in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and other towns where the B4A is Question 4.

We request donations to cover them ($3.50 for a yard sign, ***NEW REDUCED PRICE*** $1.00 for a rally sign). Please fill in this form to place your order. (Note: for UJP member organizations, UJP will pay half the cost; contact Duncan McFarland, UJP treasurer (mcfarland13@gmail.com) to arrange.)

Update, 10/3: the yard signs are in, but are all spoken for. If you want yard signs (or rally signs) but have not ordered them yet, please do so and we can order more. The rally signs are also in and are available.

Presentations

A presentation on our issues is here. It was presented at the May 6, 2012 Kick-Off Meeting in Boston.

A script for presenting the Referendum at a meeting is here.

A presentation on the Congressional Budget for All and comparing it to the Obama and Ryan budgets is here. It was presented by Jo Comerford of the National Priorities Project at the Budget for All campaign forum in Northampton on October 15, 2012.

Please download these presentations and show them to community, church and campus groups.

Video

View "If Paychecks Could Talk: A People's Guide to the Federal Budget", by the National Priorities Project, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_c_OsHlCL8.

Other Information

To add your organization’s name to the list of endorsers, fill in this form.

Like us on Facebook and join our Facebook group.

Are you on Twitter? Follow the Budget for All Coalition and tweet using the hashtag #Budget4All!

Join the referendum organizers' listserv! Send email to referendum-organizers+subscribe@googlegroups.com and click on the link it emails back to you, or email Cole Harrison.

Referendum Kick-Off Meeting

meeting

The Referendum Kick-Off Meeting will be held Sunday, May 6, 2-5 p.m. at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor, Boston. Take the T to Chinatown station.

We will live-stream the meeting for those who cannot attend in person. The stream will be on http://masspeaceaction.org/1980 and will also be available afterwards.

The meeting will include training on:

1) The policy issues which the Referendum addresses, and on how to talk to voters about those messages

2) How to gather signatures correctly. Registered voters. Districts. Voter file lists.

3) Review of the districts we are targeting, and what the members attending the meeting can plug in.

Also, a Referendum Planning Meeting will be held every Friday at 3-5 p.m. Contact Paul Shannon, pshannon@afsc.org, for details.

Help Massachusetts Voters Send a Message to Washington!

Contact the Budget for All Massachusetts Coalition!

The Afghanistan war grinds on, the Pentagon budget keeps growing, corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower taxes than their secretaries, Social Security and other benefits are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs.

Instead of addressing these problems, the House of Representatives showed that it is still gripped by deficit fever when it passed the draconian Ryan budget, and gave only 78 votes to the alternative presented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

A coalition of community, labor, and peace groups have put the Budget for All referendum on the November 6, 2012 ballot in 91 cities and towns across Massachusetts. One million Massachusetts voters will have a chance to support this agenda.

The wording of the Budget for All public policy question will be:

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.

Sponsors (9/16/12): Action for Peace Working Group / Occupy Boston – AFGE/Local 3258/AFL-CIO – Allliance for Peace & Justice – American Friends Service Committee – 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 Miilitary Spending 25%– Boston Workers Alliance – Brookline PAX – Chelsea Collaborative – Chelsea Uniting Against the War – Chinese Progressive Association – Democratic Socialists of America - Boston – Dorchester People for Peace – Eastern Massachusetts 25% Campaign – Fund Our Communities Not War – Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts – Lexington Justice and Peace – Majority Agenda Project – Mary Ellen McCormack Tenant Task Force – Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants – Massachusetts Global Action – Massachusetts Peace Action – MassOccupy/Brookline – Merrimack Valley People for Peace – Metrowest Peace Action – Neighbors United for a Better East Boston – New England United for Justice – Newton Dialogues on Peace & War – North Shore Coalition for Peace & Justice – Occupy Arlington – Occupy Fall River – Occupy Newton – Progressive Democrats of America – Quequechan Alliance – Right to the City Civic Action Alliance – Survivors Inc – United Food and Commercial Workers – United for Justice with Peace – United National Antiwar Coalition – Veterans for Peace, Smedley Butler Brigade – Walpole Peace & Justice Group – Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment – Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Boston

To add your organization's name to the list of endorsers, fill in this form.

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Sponsors

      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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