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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Attorney General Approves Hard Hitting Budget Referendum

Jobs, Social Security, Taxes, and a reduction in the Military Budget to appear on the November 6 ballot in Massachusetts

Boston, August 30 - The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has approved the placement of a non-binding public policy question with a strong “anti-austerity” message regarding the budget debate in Washington on the November 6 ballot in House and Senate districts across the Commonwealth.

My Budget For All Experience

by Ian Harrington, Wayland

I have had the honor of working this past month with several organizations to get an important referendum question placed on the ballot this November.

Budget for All Referendum to Reach 1 Million Massachusetts Voters

A successful campaign generates its own energy. The drive to get the Budget for All referendum on the ballot caught fire because scores of activists throughout the state want to do something. I’ve heard over and over again from progressive activists who are tired of the Right rolling over us, and equally tired of endless meetings and preaching to the choir. They want to get out there, talk to their neighbors, and bring a progressive agenda into the political process. And that is what we are doing in Massachusetts in the 2012 elections.

Under the slogan “Stop the Cuts – Invest in Jobs – Tax the 1% – End the Wars”, Massachusetts Peace Action helped lead a peace-community-labor coalition of 42 organizations to organize a petition drive to place the Budget for All referendum on the ballot.

We're on the ballot in these districts and towns

Attached is the list of towns and districts where the Budget for All is on the ballot. We are still a few days away from final certification of a few of these.

Wednesday: Budget for All Lobby Day

Massachusetts State HouseWhen: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St., Boston • Park Street (T)

Visit your state legislators about the Budget for All Referendum. We will explain the Referendum to them and ask for their support.

Can you make it? RSVP at info@masspeaceaction.org or call Cole at 617-466-9274. We'll meet for a briefing at 11:00 at the sandwich shop on the 4th floor of the State House, then divide up to visit various offices. (Allow for time to go through security)

Make an appointment with your Senator and/or Representative for anytime July 25! State House number: 617-722-2000. Be sure to let us know the office and time so we can add it to the master schedule.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Commits to "Deal for All" Ahead of ‘Fiscal Cliff’

July 18, 2012 - http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/press-releases/cpc-commits-to-deal-for-all...

Washington, D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) today led 39 CPC members in introducing the Deal for All. The Deal for All presents the Caucus’ basic principles for resolving tax and budget issues Congress will need to address after the November election, and will serve as a framework for progressives during the negotiations.

The Deal for All resolution, which additional Members will cosponsor through the end of the year, advocates four key policies that have built the middle class and expanded the nation’s economy:

  • No cuts to benefits for millions of seniors, children, and disabled Americans who depend on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
  • Improvements in our tax code so the richest 2 percent contribute their fair share and an end to corporate loopholes for companies that ship American jobs overseas and avoid paying taxes
  • Strategic cuts to defense spending and a focus on combating twenty-first century risks
  • Investments in America’s future that put Americans back to work

Kick the Habit: Fund Our Communities, Not War

by Joseph Gerson - published by Truthout

Question to Rev. Ulises Torres (former tortured Chilean political prisoner): "When do you know if you have a military government?"

Answer: "Look at your national budget."

Joseph GersonLike a crack addict reaching for the next hit, unable to envision or take steps toward a regimen of health, too many of our political leaders are embracing their roles as hostages of what President Eisenhower termed the military-industrial complex. Nationally, Lockheed-Martin and other weapons manufacturers have threatened to put an election year political gun to Congress' head. They've announced that they will have to send layoff notices to all of their employees unless Congress reneges on the Budget Control Act of 2011, which would cut roughly 12 percent of the Pentagon's gargantuan budget over the next decade. They haven't expressed similar concern over the act's $600 billion to be slashed from essential and already underfunded social services.

Budget for All passes 1 million mark

The Budget for All will be on the ballots of some 1,016,250 people, or 33.9% of the state's voters!

We are definitely on the ballot in 13 districts which will reach 446,000 voters. We think we're on the ballot in 20 more districts which will reach an additional 570,000 voters. We might be on the ballot in 2 more districts reaching 37,500 more voters.

District by District Status

Now that the July 3 deadline to turn in signatures to towns has passed, here's the district by district status as far as we know. (Please send additional information about your district to Cole Harrison (cole@masspeaceaction.org) or Paul Shannon (pshannon@afsc.org).

A) Definitely on ballot

The Secretary of State's office has accepted certified signatures and confirmed in writing that we will be on the ballot in:

Senate districts:

First Suffolk (Hart) [ Dorchester ]
First Middlesex & Norfolk (Creem) [ Brookline, Newton, part of Wellesley ]
Second Middlesex (Jehlen) [ Somerville, Medford, Winchester, north and west Cambridge ]
Norfolk & Suffolk (Rush) [ Roslindale, West Roxbury, Dedham, Dover, Needham, Norwood, Westwood ]

House districts:

9th Middlesex (Stanley) [ part of Waltham, Lincoln ]
10th Middlesex (Lawn) [ parts of Watertown, Waltham and Newton ]
23rd Middlesex [ parts of Arlington & Medford ]
24th Middlesex [ Belmont; parts of Arlington and north Cambridge ]
29th Middlesex (Hecht) [ parts of Watertown and Cambridge ]
32nd Middlesex (Clark) [ Melrose, parts of Malden & Wakefield ]
7th Norfolk (Timilty) [ most of Milton and Randolph ]
8th Plymouth [ Bridgewater, Raynham ]
5th Essex (Ferranti) [ Gloucester, Rockport, Essex ]

Help the Budget for All reach 1 million voters!

The Budget for All referendum coalition of over 30 peace, community, and labor organizations is pleased to announce that we have collected enough signatures to put the question on the ballot in 6 state Senate districts and 17 state House districts.

That will allow some 769,000 Massachusetts voters to say yes or no on the question on November 6!

Sign the PetitionThe Budget for All sends a message to Washington to bring the troops home from Afghanistan now, cut military spending, preserve benefits and services ordinary people depend on, create jobs, and tax those who can afford it.   The Congressional Progressive Caucus' Budget for All got 78 votes in March, including those of 5 of Massachusetts' 10 members of the House of Representatives.  But 5 of our Congress members voted against it.  Can we mobilize a strong enough coalition to turn those 5 votes around?

With 4 days to go until the deadline this coming Tuesday, we have 2 more Senate districts and 11 more House districts hanging on the brink.  With a final push we can complete signature gathering for those districts, too -- allowing an additional 356,000 Massachusetts voters to consider the question, and bringing the total number of votes that will be cast on it past the 1 million mark.  This message will tell you how we can do it -- with your help!

Budget for All - Can you spend 2 hours this week?

This message is a general appeal for 2 hours of your time this weekend or next week from the American Friends Service Committee, Mass. Peace Action, the Right to the City Civic Action Alliance and 20 other peace, labor and community groups – the sponsors of the statewide “Budget for All” statewide referendum campaign. (www.budget4allmass.org)

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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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