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.

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Groups Rally to End Sequester in Hopes of Protecting Services

StateHouse News Service, May 16, 2013

Dozens of protesters rallied outside a Boston federal office building Thursday, urging lawmakers in Washington to restore funding to programs cut under the federal sequestration plan.

Activist Coalition Rallies to End Sequester, Pain Caused by Budget Cuts

Open Media Boston - by Tate Williams, May-18-13
BOSTON - Congressional gridlock and federal budget cuts all too often come across as a maddening string of abstract numbers, amid repeated news of failure to reach an agreement.

But for the people who rely on the affected programs—the disabled, seniors, the unemployed, the working poor—the across-the-board cuts implemented by the so-called sequester has been anything but abstract. It’s lost work, fewer days of childcare, even the threat of homelessness.

On Thursday, organizations and people directly affected by recent federal budget cuts rallied in Boston, both to put a face on the impact of the cutbacks, and to protest the sequester and deeper reductions to social services that loom in current talks in D.C.


Rally Draws Attention to Federal Budget Cuts

Boston Neighborhood Network News coverage of May 16 anti-sequestration rally organized by Budget for All. Featured are Jen Springer of SEIU Local 888; Diane Sullivan of Homes for Families; Michael Kane of Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants; and Kevin Martin of Peace Action.

Rally Draws Attention to Federal Budget Cuts from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Rescheduled! Stop the Cuts, Corporations pay Up, Redirect Military Spending!

We’re paying our   taxes...
Why are vital services being cut, and
Why is the president proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare?

Budget cutters in Washington have already slashed Meals on Wheels, Head Start, Housing, Education, Fuel Assistance, Unemployment, Health Programs, AIDS Housing, and family violence prevention. Jobs are ending. Now the President wants to cut even more vital programs.

But there is an alternative.

1. End Corporate Tax Breaks!

Very high income people and giant corporations get hundreds of billions of dollars a year in tax breaks through loopholes and offshore tax shelters. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon are key members of Fix the Debt, a corporate group pushing for big cuts in critical public programs and even lower corporate taxes.

2. Redirect Pentagon Spending to Jobs and Vital programs for People!

The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. Much of it funds destructive wars like Iraq, wasteful weapons systems like the F-35, and keeping us in Afghanistan for years to come.

Rescheduled! -- Join us to say:
Stop the Cuts!

Boston: Thursday, May 16, 12 Noon
Tip O’Neill Federal Building,
10 Causeway Street, Boston – North Station (Green Line)
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Regional Headquarters for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development. Speakers: Steve Tolman, pres., Mass. AFL-CIO; Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry; Carolyn Federoff, AFGE; Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, community action advocate; people impacted by program cuts. We’ll also visit tax dodgers Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston.

Fall River, Thursday, May 16, 4pm - Government Center, corner of N. Main St and Sullivan Dr, Fall River.

Northampton, Friday, May 17, 3:45 pm, City Hall, 210 Main St. Hear Council President Bill Dwight, former Mayor Clare Higgins, Councilor Pamela Schwartz, and speakers from UAW local 2322, WMass Jobs with Justice, Amherst NAACP, Arise, PHENOM, Traprock, WMass AFSC, Mass Senior Action, Student Labor Action, Just Communities & MORE... Proceed to Bank of America to protest its backing of “Fix the Debt” which forged this austerity plan that is making people pay more and more, while receiving less and less. Then march with us to the Verizon Office, the company that pays no taxes, to present them with a tax bill.

Sponsoring organizations (Boston): Budget for All Coalition; Mass. AFL-CIO; Mass. Jobs with Justice; Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants; American Friends Service Committee; Mass. Peace Action; Disability Policy Consortium; Sierra Club – Boston; Boston Workers Alliance; ACTUP/Boston; Veterans for Peace; Homes for Families; Dorchester People for Peace; United for Justice with Peace; Boston Coalition to Fund Our Communities-Cut Military Spending 25%; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom; Human Rights City Boston & Beyond; Survivors Inc.; SEIU Local 509 Lavender Caucus; Brookline PAX; AFGE Locals 3258 and 1164/AFL-CIO;

Sponsoring organizations (Northampton): Western Mass Budget for All/Fund Our Communities Not War, Arise for Social Justice, Amherst NAACP, Coop Power, Climate Action NOW, Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Can’t Be Neutral, Western Mass American Friends Service Committee, Western Mass Chapter Progressive Democrats of America, Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Grace Church, National Priorities Project, Traprock Peace Center, Northampton Committee to Stop Wars, Northampton Democratic City Committee, UAW Local 2322, Western Mass Jobs with Justice, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of MA) & Springfield Chapter Mass Senior Action Council.

Last November Massachusetts voted 3 to 1 to: Create jobs, Save vital services, Tax rich individuals and corporations, End the war and Cut pork from the Pentagon.

Download the Flyer: (Boston) or Fall River or Northampton

Budget for All!
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
www.budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169

Valentine's Day Anti-Sequestration Rally Hits Hub

Andrew Jeromski, Open Media Boston, February 16, 2013

BOSTON/Government Center—With $1 trillion in potential budget cuts that would devastate social programs and adversely effect economic recovery looming on March 1st, a group of Boston community activists and residents took to the JFK Federal Building to present freshman Senators William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with giant Valentine’s Day cards on Thursday imploring them to do what they can to head off the heavy-handed “sequestration” cuts that become law on March 1st, while protecting medicare, medicaid and vital social programs, cutting defense spending and ending the war in Afghanistan immediately.

The “Have a Heart” rally was sponsored by the coalition Budget for All, along with the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants, American Federation of Government Employees Local 3258, City Life/Vida Urbana and New England United for Justice, among others. The coalition is advocating for the implementation of the "Budget for All", a nonbinding referendum which passed in all 91 Bay State communities where it appeared on the ballot by a three-to-one margin, calling on President Obama and Congress to prevent cuts to Social Security, housing and other vital programs, create and protect jobs, raise revenues by closing tax loopholes, restoring higher tax rates on the top two percent and reduce Pentagon spending to fund domestic needs.

Michael Kane on Effect of Automatic Federal Cuts

Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants executive director Michael Kane on Effect of Automatic Federal Cuts. Video by Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Pull the Pentagon Pork!

Pull the Pork From the Pentagon

STOP THE CUTS – TAX THE 1%

CUT THE PENTAGON - NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION

Across the country, grassroots activists are standing up to make their priorities loud and clear. The middle class is the source of American power, and it’s time Congress listened to us, not Pentagon CEOs. As a decade of war comes to a close, it’s time to rein in wasteful Pentagon spending.

The people of Massachusetts voted for the Budget for All in all 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot by an average 3 to 1 margin. They said Congress should stop cuts in vital programs, create jobs, tax the 1% and corporations, bring the troops home and cut Pentagon pork. It’s time Congress listened to us.

Boston

February 27, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

Park Street Station, Tremont & Park Streets

Worcester

February 27, 2013 @ 12 noon

City Hall, 455 Main Street

Northampton

February 28, 2013 @ 6 pm

City Hall, 210 Main Street

  • Nearly one in five of our federal budget dollars are going to the Pentagon — that’s roughly $660 billion a year and more than what the next 19 countries spend combined.
  • We can reduce the bloated Pentagon budget by $100 billion a year without harming our national security or our troops.
  • We start by ending corporate welfare for Pentagon contractors and their CEOs.

Protect our Priorities. Demand a Budget for All.

Sign the Petition: http://bit.ly/14pJIBL

Download the Boston and Worcester Flyers

For more information or to Volunteer contact:

Budget for All Massachusetts • info@budget4allmass.org • 617-354-2169 • www.budget4allmass.org

Info on the National Day of Action: pullthepork.org

Have a Heart Rally - Feb 14, 2013

Interviewed are Cole Harrison of Mass. Peace Action, Diane Dujon of Survivors Inc. and the Mass. Welfare Rights Union, Karen Carson and Michael Kane of Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, and Mike Prokosch of Dorchester People for Peace

Valentine’s Day “Have a Heart” Rally for the Budget for All

Protect Medicare, Social Security, housing, food assistance and other vital programs
Make large corporations and millionaires pay their fair share
Cut the Pentagon, Invest in Jobs as the solution to our economic crisis
Bring our Troops home safely from Afghanistan NOW

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:30 pm
JFK Federal Building • Government Center • Boston
March to Senate Offices

It’s crunch time again in Congress.

Vital public programs and millions of jobs are once again on the chopping block as the budget debate rages on.

On Valentine's Day join us to give Senator Warren and Senator Cowan a gigantic Valentine Card and a beautiful gift of our successful Budget for All ballot results.

We hope our new Senators will stand with us in promoting employment, protecting critical public programs, and redirecting Pentagon spending instead of passing an austerity budget.

In 2011 Congress already cut hundreds of billions of dollars from needed public programs.

We can’t afford any more.

We say: Have a Heart! Enact a Budget for All!

Budget for All Update, January 14, 2013

Budget show-down looms: Washington is headed towards three budget deadlines in the next weeks. The debt ceiling must be raised by approximately February 15; the “sequester”, or automatic budget cuts in both military and domestic spending, will take effect March 1, unless changed by Congress; and spending for the current fiscal year must be approved by the time the current continuing resolution expires March 29.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Keith Ellison proposed 'Progressive Budget Principles for the Next Deal', which are consistent with the Budget for All. The Pentagon budget is on the table as never before. We need to avoid cuts to programs the 99% depend on, and instead raise taxes on the 1% and cut Pentagon spending.

Our focus over the next six weeks is to make as much noise as possible to ensure that Pentagon cuts and the Budget for All principles remain in the center of Congress’ negotiations.

Budget Briefing and Action Planning: Sunday, January 27, 1pm, downtown Boston (location TBA). The Budget for All Coalition will present a briefing on the budget battle in Congress, our moment of opportunity, and the national strategy to save social programs, create jobs, and make Pentagon cuts. We’ll also plan actions to pressure our elected officials to honor the will of the people.

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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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