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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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.

Budget for All - Budget Briefing and Action Planning

Sunday, January 27, 1-4pm
Haymarket People's Fund
42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain
Green Street T

The Budget for All Coalition presents a briefing on the federal budget battles now underway.

The Budget Briefing will analyze the budget battle in Congress, our moment of opportunity, and the national strategy to save social programs and make Pentagon cuts. First, we’ll look at what’s in the Jan. 1 deal and what’s coming up to be addressed by Congress before the Mar. 1 deadline. We’ll review the programs that would be cut under “sequestration” vs. those that would be cut by the Republican, Administration, and progressive proposals. We will look at the impact of various budget scenarios on jobs and public programs in Massachusetts. We’ll examine the Pentagon budget and proposals to cut or increase it.

Then we'll do Action Planning so our elected officials honor the will of the people of Massachusetts in their votes on upcoming budget legislation, including significant decisions to be made in February.

As it becomes clearer that key programs will not avoid cuts, we expect the political outcry to grow during the money of February. Our job is to ensure that Pentagon cuts and taxes on corporations and the rich are continually presented as viable alternatives.

Presenters will include Mike Prokosch, national coordinator of the New Priorities Network, and member of Dorchester People for Peace and the Budget for All steering committee.

Budget for All Update - January 4, 2013

Activists call for protecting social services and raising taxes on corporations and the rich during a rally in Springfield MA

Budget Battles and Deals: A disappointing “fiscal cliff” deal passed Jan. 2, approving $620 billion (over 10 years) of taxes on upper incomes, compared to $1.4 trilllion proposed by Pres. Obama in December. The deal also extended unemployment benefits for a year. Read a summary of progressive views on the deal.

The next stage of the Washington budget battle will be over spending cuts, and it will be a tough one, peaking in mid to late February. Automatic “sequestration” cuts to both Pentagon and domestic spending were postponed two months and will go into effect unless they are replaced with a new deal. Republicans are again threatening to blow up the economy by not raising the debt ceiling (i.e. not paying bills the government owes) unless more cuts are agreed on. 

The Budget for All agenda is right on target! Progressives need to push for Pentagon cuts, more revenue (closing corporate loopholes and enacting a financial transaction tax), job creation and protection of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other critical programs. Progressives in Congress can be a pivotal force if they pull together and block a bad deal.  Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison of Minnesota got off to a good start by publishing an initial outline today; now the entire caucus needs to unite behind a more detailed version of that position and stick to it. The Budget for All grassroots coalition can make a difference by pushing Massachusetts progressive Democrats to take a stand.

State Legislators to Congress: “Hear the voice of Massachusetts voters in your budget deliberations"

As Congress prepares to vote on “fiscal cliff” legislation, 7 Massachusetts State Senators and 18 State Representatives today appealed to the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, asking them to promote only budgetary policies that are consistent with a non-binding ballot question on the federal budget supported overwhelmingly by Massachusetts voters in November.

The legislators wrote:“Our voters have declared their preferences for a focus on investing in domestic jobs; prevention of cuts to Medicaid, housing, food assistance; improving taxes by simplifying the tax code and raising rates on large corporations and very high incomes; and re-directing spending away from Afghanistan, foreign military bases and nuclear weapons and toward our most important domestic priorities. This view is the view of our constituents in every corner of Massachusetts, and compels us to make it our mission.”

“This letter and the Budget for All express the values of Massachusetts' people, which are at risk in the fiscal cliff, so I hope they will be adopted,” commented State Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville).

State Representative Peter V. Kocot (D-Northampton) added, "I look forward to working with Congressman Jim McGovern and his progressive colleagues to make sure that any budget deal protects the elderly, our children and our communities.”

The public policy question, called the “Budget for All”, won easily in all 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot – whether those towns voted for Elizabeth Warren or for Scott Brown, for President Obama or for Mitt Romney. It won by a 3 to 1 margin statewide.

The Transforming Potential of the 2012 Elections

Mark Solomon, December 5, 2012

Post-election analyses on the left have acknowledged the unprecedented impact of demographic changes, great advances for women, significant victories in cultural battles, resistance to voter suppression and to Super- Pac billions There is a consensus that a powerful grass roots movement is essential for moving the Obama presidency in a more progressive direction. There has been less discussion of the alignment of social forces both in the election and after the election, of the internal political conflicts raging in ruling circles and how those conflicts impact mainstream voters and progressive struggles as well as affecting concrete opportunities for major advances.

Some pundits have noted that the 2012 election marked one of the most ideologically divisive contests in memory. There has been very little acceptance of that estimate among progressives. Many on the left have generally contended that the election did not alter a broad ruling class consensus on global neo-liberalism (untrammeled pursuit of maximum profits shorn of legal constraint and undergirded by military muscle). Without doubt, the ideological distance between campaigns was contained within a somewhat narrow space. For many, especially engaged activists, the ideological distance at best was hard to perceive.

However, that picture is inadequate. It does not acknowledge actual divisions within the ruling class that undergirded the political stands of the major candidates and parties, engendering an especially vitriolic contest. The dividing line was between unbridled neo-liberalism in global and domestic policies versus what can be called "corporate Keynesianism."

"Grand Bargain is a Turkey" rally, November 26

Video by Justin McCallum, Massachusetts Peace Action

Activists Warn Against Federal Budget Cuts

Activists Warn Against Federal Budget Cuts from Chris Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News.

Interview with Paul Shannon

This show was broadcast on Boston Neighborhood Network News, Monday, November 19, 2012. The segment with Paul Shannon is 10-15 minutes into the video.

Nightly news program with your anchor Chris Lovett

Original Airing Date: Nov 19, 2012

Producer: Boston Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network News: Guests include, Paul Shannon, Co-Coordinator, Budget 4 All Statewide Campaign; Margaret Sullivan, Historian, Boston Police Department.

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