Rep. Jim McGovern joined Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, state reps Peter Kocot and Ellen Story, two candidates, and two city councilors and spoke out for the Budget for All at Northampton High School on Monday, October 15. “You are the real patriots. We need a new activism, a budget that reflects the values of this country…. This [ referendum ] ought to stiffen the backbone of some of those representatives. I look forward to reading in Congress the list of communities that has passed it,” McGovern told the crowd of 125 people. Video
Jo Comerford of the National Priorities Project presented the facts and figures underlying the Budget for All at the Northampton forum. Check out her slides and use them in your own presentations! Another great presentation of the issues is the article by Rebecca Thiess of the Economic Policy Institute which ran in the Huffington Post on October 19.
Welcome to our 21 new sponsoring organizations this week: Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Alliance to Develop Power, Amherst League of Women Voters, Can't Be Neutral, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Climate Action NOW!, First Churches Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC), Grace Church Peace Fellowship, MoveOn of Western Mass, National Priorities Project, Northampton Committee to Stop Wars, Northampton Democratic City Committee, Occupy Amherst Schools in Solidarity, Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party, Population & Development Program of Hampshire College, the Leverett Peace Commission, Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War, Western Mass American Friends Service Committee, and Western Mass Jobs With Justice. Check out the full list at budget4allmass.org/sponsors.