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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Protesters Demand Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker: #MakeGEpay Its Taxes!


Protesters display placards outside the location of a news conference by General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. —AP photo

Boston, April 4 -- GE should pay its fair share of taxes at the federal, state and city levels, a broad coalition of 34 community, peace, faith-based, housing, social justice and environment groups demanded today, outside the “Welcome Party” for GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt hosted by Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker. Protesters picketed and leafleted attendees, and presented mock “awards” to Immelt, Walsh and Baker for providing corporate welfare for GE, while shortchanging Massachusetts residents.

“We demand that GE pay its taxes to pay for what our communities need,” said Horace Small of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, who helped organize the protest. “Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Dr. King died protesting racial and economic injustice and misplaced budget priorities. We protest GE today in his memory and spirit.”

Tell Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker: #MakeGEpay its Taxes!

WHAT: Rally Outside Welcome Party for GE Execs Hosted by Gov Baker & Mayor Walsh

WHEN: April 4th, 2016, 3:30pm-5:30 pm

WHERE: 60 State Street, Boston, MA (near Boston City Hall and State Street Stop on the Orange Line)

#MakeGEpay - Organizing Meeting

On Monday, April 4, tell Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker:

#makeGEpay!

WHAT: Organizing meeting for upcoming action -  #MakeGEpay - April 4, Boston

WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2016, 4:30 pm

WHERE: encuentro 5, 9B Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston.  Hamilton Place is a dead end street directly across Tremont St. from Park Street MBTA Station.

WHO: Coalition of Boston area social justice groups and leaders

GE is getting $150 million in tax breaks from Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh. GE is all about tax dodging, polluting (including the Hoosatonic River in MA), and war profiteering (including the occupation of Palestine).

We NEED: GOOD JOBS • better public education • homes we can afford • well maintained public transportation, roads and public parks!!!

We NEED: re-entry programs for former inmates • massive investment in renewable energy INCLUDING green jobs • debt relief for college students • head start and other programs to reduce child poverty in our rich state

On April 4 we will protest outside a GE-sponsored event announcing their move to Boston.  Please join us for this organizing meeting on March 22 to make sure all our voices for social justice in Greater Boston will be heard

19 testify in support of the Budget for All Resolution at Gardner Auditorium on October 28

Advocates presented testimony in favor of the Budget for All resolution at a hearing on October 28, 2015 in the Massachusetts State House. Above, community organizer and former state representative Mel King leads off the presentation by saying: Justice for All means Opportunity for All (2:58).

Jonathan King: We Need Federal Investment in Public Transit

Jonathan King of the Budget for All Transit Group spoke to Boston Neighborhood Network News on Friday, October 23 about Increasing Federal and State Investment in Public Transit, a forum held on October 24, 2015.

Hearing on the Budget for All Resolution!

Increasing Federal and State Investment in Public Transit

Public Transit is a Public Good that Deserves and Requires Public Funding

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The Budget for All Coalition invites you to a half-day forum

Saturday, October 24, 9:30am – 1:30pm

SEIU Local 32BJ/615, 26 West Street, Boston (off Tremont St, near Park St. T stop)

  • The state of public transit in Eastern Massachusetts
  • Investments needed for a modern and efficient public transportation system
  • The impact of public transit privatization on riders, T employees and their unions
  • The need for re-allocation of our Federal Tax Dollars to mass transit
  • A role for the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Peoples Budget in mobilizing to improve mass transit

Join the Petition Campaign for a Massachusetts Fair Share Tax!

Budget for All together with the rest of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition is working to 

Fund Critical needs in Education and Transportation by putting a Fair Share Millionaire’s Tax on the Ballot!

Raise up logoBudget for All is joining close to 100 other community organizations engaged in the struggle for economic and social justice.  Please help us as part of Raise Up Massachusetts put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to tax those who earn over $1 million a year — the money to be used to support critical Education and Transportation needs in the Commonwealth!

Budget for All will work through the Massachusetts Peace Action team supporting Raise Up Massachusetts!

Why a Fair Share Tax?

Using their great wealth and power, the 1% of our commonwealth have managed to put protection in the constitution against being asked to contribute their fair share of revenue to meet the needs of the people. The Raise Up Massachusetts petition campaign is the first step in a three year effort to change the constitution to allow a fair share tax of 4% to be applied on an individual’s annual income above the first $1 million to be applied to critical education and transportation needs.  The average resident pays 9.4% of our annual income in state and local taxes, but the wealthiest 1% pay only 6.5% of their annual income in state and local taxes (source: MassBudget) After we win the Fair Share Tax, the wealthiest will still be paying less than the average percentage, but the gap will be narrowed. The Fair Share Tax will only affect a small number of voters but will raise over a billion dollars in revenue.

Please click here to join in the Raise Up campaign by getting signatures from your friends, neighbors or in public places.

People's Budget: A Raise for America

The Congressional Progressive Caucus introuced The People’s Budget: A Raise for America on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015.

While working families face smaller paychecks, corporations and the wealthy are amassing record wealth. American families know the system is rigged in favor of the corporations. The People’s Budget makes the economy work for everyone. It creates high quality jobs and reduces family expenses, restoring the buying power of working Americans to drive a full economic recovery.

2015 Tax Day Forum for A Budget For All!

Video highlights of the Budget for All Massachusetts annual forum from April 11, 2015 at Old South Church, Boston. The event, in support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus' People's Budget, provided a community platform on how taxpayers' money should be spent. With remarks by Mel King, Grace Ross, Jimmy Tingle, Barbara Madeloni, Jamie Eldridge, Jill Stein, and 26 other speakers representing a wide range of Massachusetts labor, community, faith, and political leaders. Videography by Werner Grundl. 21 minutes.

Video highlights of the forum:

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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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