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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Rental Subsidy Cuts Prompt Appeal to Candidates

Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and other housing groups today protested cuts in Section 8 housing due to sequestration of the federal budget. Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh pledged to include funds for housing in the City budget if he is elected.

Rental Subsidy Cuts Prompt Appeal to Candidates from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

GOP Extremists: Cease & Desist!

Cease & Desist

It’s time to listen to what the voters keep saying about the Budget:

Wednesday, October 16, 12 noon
Massachusetts GOP Headquarters
85 Merrimac St, Boston
North Station "T" stop

The Budget for All! campaign calls for an emergency protest:

•    No to a Republican shutdown: too many people get hurt
•    No to defaulting on the debt: even more of us will get hurt
•    No to a bad Grand Bargain: The president must stand firm against cuts to Social Security and other vital programs
•    Yes to the Budget for All! agenda supported 3 to 1 by Mass. voters in last year’s election:

Vigil: No Government Shutdown! Budget for All!

Outraged seniors, tenants and government workers today held an emergency vigil at the Boston headquarters of the Republican Party to protest the threat by Congressional Republicans to shut down the government on Tuesday. Participants delivered a letter from the Budget for All Campaign urging the State Party to tell Congressional Republicans to stop playing games with people’s lives and the world economy.

“Your party’s leaders have gone too far”, the letter states. “A shutdown is unacceptable, immoral and unpatriotic, and squarely the result of your party’s intransigent conduct. Elected officials who are unwilling or unable to govern in a responsible manner should get out of the way for others who are”. The letter urges the State Party to repudiate the “repugnant Tea Party extremists like Ted Cruz and their billionaire patrons, who are driving your party’s agenda in Washington”

Congressional Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government October 1 unless coverage under The Affordable Health Care Act is delayed for millions of Americans. The current federal fiscal year expires September 30, and Congress must pass a “Continuing Resolution” to keep the government open beyond that date.

Vigil: No Government Shutdown

The Budget for All campaign issues a call for an…..

Emergency Response to Threat of Congressional Republicans
to Shut Down the Government
on October 1:

Unless a Federal Budget is passed by October 1:
Tens of thousands will be thrown out of work,
Payments to active duty soldiers will cease;
No FHA mortgages would be approved;
Federal loans to small businesses would be suspended;
Federal research projects would be halted;

Pentagon a ripe target for cuts

By Linda Bilmes - Boston Globe op-ed - July 31, 2013

A Global Hawk drone was towed at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Northrop Grumman photo

THERE IS a common theme that connects recent protests in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, and elsewhere. That theme is the rising discontent of the middle class brought about by the failure of their governments to deliver popular priorities. Apart from the brief Occupy Wall Street movement, people aren’t taking to the streets here in the United States. Nonetheless there’s growing evidence that some of the trends unfolding abroad also are at work in our own backyard.

Last fall, a coalition of 85 grass-roots organizations, including teachers, veterans, unions, and community activists, placed something called the “Budget for All” on the Massachusetts ballot. The referendum urged the federal government to end the war in Afghanistan, reduce military spending, shift funding to domestic priorities, and increase taxes on the wealthy. Voters in the Commonwealth approved the measure by margins of nearly 3 to 1 in all 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot, including many places that voted for Mitt Romney in the presidential race.

State House Hearing Highlights

The Budget For All Coalition made the case for its budget resolution at a State Legislature Hearing in Boston's State House on July 10, 2013. This video shows remarks by Will Brownsberger, Karen Spilka, Denise Provost, Carl Sciortino, Jason Lewis, Mel King, Steve Tolman, Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, John Ratliff, Melida Arredondo, Bob Funke, and Prasannan Parthasarathi. Video by So Yeon Jeong.

Elected Officials' Testimony on Budget for All

Elected officials submitted written testimony on the Budget for All resolution to the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, July 10, 2013. See also testimony submitted by Budget for All advocates.

Testimony at Budget for All Hearing

Some 32 advocates and 8 legislators testified at the hearing on the Budget for All resolution before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, July 10, 2013. Attached below is the written testimony from many of the advocates who spoke. See also testimony in favor of the Budget for All submitted by elected officials

Coalition Urges Legislators: Stop Cuts, Close Loopholes, Trim Pentagon

Boston, July 10-- The State Legislature should send a strong “anti-austerity” message to Washington to reverse devastating federal budget cuts, witnesses said today at a Statehouse hearing. Led by veteran community leader Mel King, 40 speakers from community, labor and peace groups, elected officials and policy experts urged the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to pass the “Budget for All Resolution” (H 3211 and S 1750) to oppose federal cuts that threaten to reverse the state’s economic recovery and throw the state budget into deficit again. “Which side are you on?,” King asked legislators.

Community leader Mel King

Modeled on language passed by voters by an average 3 to 1 margin in each of the 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot last November, the Budget for All Resolution urges Congress and President Obama to generate new revenues to invest in jobs by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing the top 2% earners, ending the war in Afghanistan quickly and redirecting Pentagon spending to jobs and human needs.

“There is reason to fear that through budget cuts or a retreat from crucial programs, Washington would undo much of what we have accomplished in Massachusetts,” State Treasurer Steven Grossman stated in written testimony. “The people of Massachusetts have expressed support for these resolutions at the ballot box. I respectfully request that your committee do the same by reporting it favorably.”

“The lights were out in two Head Start classrooms in my town because of sequestration,” said Rep. David Rogers of Cambridge. “The lives of our future citizens are being formed. We are spending too much on the military, and there is too much of a gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Budget for All has got it right and we should pass it,” he concluded.

Several speakers testified to the devastating local effects of the $1 trillion in across the board “sequester” cuts that kicked in on March 1, with a 5% cut in every federal program, to be followed by 8% cuts annually for the next decade. The automatic cuts are the second stage of the $2.2 trillion “cuts only” approach to the federal deficit passed by Congress in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Advocates Put Spotlight on Federal Cuts

Advocates Put Spotlight on Federal Cuts from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Budget for All supporters testified at a State House hearing in support of a resolution calling for an alternative to the automatic federal budget cuts, as well as any budget agreement cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits. Report for BNN News. Aired July 10, 2013.

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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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