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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We Pay our Taxes. Are we getting what we need?

By Daniel Habtemariam

Activists and organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston Saturday, April 12 for a Tax Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.

The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”

The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor militarism and devalue social and societal needs.

Protesters began the day outside Bank of America, denouncing it for paying no federal taxes in 2013, a practice made possible by loopholes carved out in tax law for companies like Bank of America, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil, which are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world.  The crowd was vibrant and with banners and posters flying high drew the attention of hundreds of passersby and elicited more than a few honks and waves from members of the public.

In the afternoon, the group marched to a nearby church and held a forum to hear from community and political leaders about how we got to this point and what we can do about it.  Speakers ranged from Senator Elizabeth Warren (by video) to Grace Ross from the National Alliance of HUD Tenants to the venerable civil rights activist and former state representative Mel King to freshman Congresswoman Katherine Clark.  A framework for action included a diverse set of initiatives, including immediate measures like collecting signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time ballot initiatives, as championed by Harris Gruman of the SEIU State Council, to medium-term measures like lobbying the six Massachusetts congressmen who voted NO to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget last week, as championed by Michael Kane, to more long-term initiatives like proposals to wipe out childhood poverty in Massachusetts, as championed by gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick.

The day ended with thanks from the organizers, and the crowd disbursed with a renewed vision for the future of our society and an enriched understanding of the trickle-down consequences of a budget that favors the few. 

Video highlights of the forum:

See the video greetings by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Barney Frank to the Budget for All forum.

See the video of the Tax Day Rally at Bank of America which immediately preceded the forum.

Tax Day Rallies

We pay our taxes.

Are we getting what we need?

Saturday, April 12, 2pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Mel King • Rep. Jim McGovern • Rep. Katherine Clark • Grace Ross, MC
Haris Gruman, SEIU • Lew Finfer, Raise Up Mass • Rep. Jay Livingstone • Carolyn Federoff, AFGE 3258 • M.K. Merelice, Green Rainbow Party• Nathan Proctor, Mass Fair Share • Joe Kebartas, Veterans for Peace
Alex Fish, Mass PIRG • Joann Thomas & Alex Booth, MAHT
Tilly Texeira, Mass Senior Action • Amy Tighe, 350 Mass • Dr. Richard Fine, Medical Researcher • Rob Folan-Johnson, ACT-UP • Video message from Barney Frank

The way we raise and spend our taxes tells us a lot about what our country has become.

Why do working people pay their taxes, while the rich and corporations get huge tax breaks?

Why are we cutting medical research, Head Start, housing, food stamps and unemployment insurance -- while we spend more on the Pentagon than the next 10 countries combined?

Why is there no national jobs program -- when there are still more than 10 million unemployed and our state plans to spend $2 billion on new prisons?

Why can energy companies pollute the atmosphere and destroy the climate, but there is no price for emitting carbon?

We need a Budget for All!

Tell Congress to support the

Better Off Budget


Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm
Bank of America
440 Boylston St. at Berkeley St., Boston

Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


Worcester Rally

Thursday, April 10, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Bank of America
255 Park Ave., Worcester

Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


Budget for All!info@budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169 – www.budget4allmass.org

Stop the Cuts – Invest in Jobs – Tax the 1% – Bring the Troops Home – Reduce Military Spending

Call for a Grand TAX DAY Mobilization

Organizing meeting: Saturday, Feb. 22 @2pm

Encuentro 5 ~ 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A (Park St T)

Whatever the issues we are working on, we all have a stake in the raging budget debates going on in Washington. Tax Day in April offers us the opportunity to combine our efforts into a loud call for living wage jobs, vital public programs, tax fairness, an emergency transition to renewable energy, and an end to both mass incarceration and the stranglehold of war spending over our lives.

Educational on the Federal budget crisis

Budget for All held an educational seminar on the Federal Budget crisis on Dec. 17, 2013, with presentations by Jo Comerford, Director, National Priorities Project, and Carolyn Federoff, Vice President, Mass. AFL-CIO and Vice President, AFGE Local 3258.

The Powerpoint slides are attached. Download the Powerpoint files first and open them on your computer before clicking on the audio links below.

Listen to Jo Comerford's talk

Listen to Carolyn Federoff's talk

Rally at Apple Store Calls for Justice in Taxes and Budgets

December 21, 2013
Photos and text by Leonora LaTosca

Boston, MA-- Over 75 demonstrators and supporters called attention to the tax dodges employed by Apple, Inc. as they sang Xmas carols with clever new verses. The words to the old standards like Jingle Bells ( Apple Sells) and Away in a Manger (Away in a Haven) connected the dots between tax evasion by corporations like Apple and budgetary woes in the US. Various speakers testified to the real human costs behind budget cuts and Austerity. Passersby were quite sympathetic and most were shocked to learn at how little Apple paid in taxes.

iPaid my Taxes, Apple should too!

iPaid my Taxes, Apple should too!

There’s Nothing Merry about this Christmas Budget Deal!

Budget for All Delivers Letter to Mass. Congressional Offices

After 45 Massachusetts organizations signed a letter to Congress outlining principles for the current budget fight in Washington, Budget for All organizers delivered the letters to Congressional offices across the state on Dec. 5, 6 and 9.

At Rep. Joe Kennedy III's Newton office, Carol Coakley and Susan Mirsky delivered the letter to staffer Nick Clemons.

Call Congress Dec. 12! Fix the Budget Deal

The climate of austerity in Washington continues its march of shame.

The across-the-board "sequester" cuts have hurt our families, our children, our seniors. Although the latest budget deal limits damage from the sequester for the next two years, it raises the out-of-control military budget, fails to extend unemployment insurance, cuts federal worker pensions, and does nothing to close corporate tax loopholes.

Educational Update!

As homeless families pour into shelters, Yacht owners keep their tax breaks!

Federal budget crisis

What’s happening? What’s at stake? Who’s winning? Who’s losing? And what can we do about it?

Massachusetts Groups: Congress, Pass a Progressive Budget and Replace Sequestration

BOSTON, MA— More than 40 Massachusetts organizations have marched into the upcoming battle over federal spending, urging members of Congress to use four principles to resolve the budget standoff in a responsible way that increases revenue and pares Pentagon spending in order to protect low-income people and invest in jobs that rebuild the economy.

December 13, 2013, is the looming deadline for Senate and House negotiators to reach a budget deal to prevent another government shutdown in early 2014.

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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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