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.

Donate to the Campaign!

The Budget for All referendum campaign needs donations to pay for printing and supplies. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Please use the "Donate" link below to give online. Make checks out to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund and mail to 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; please write "Budget for All" on the memo line.

Mass. Voters Urge Tax Fairness, Military Cuts to Avoid “Fiscal Cliff” and Protect Vital Programs

By a margin of 74% to 26%, Massachusetts voters sent a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff”. The Budget for All ballot question was supported by 556,000 to 190,930 in preliminary results. It calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in useful jobs; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts on taxes on high incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation.

“It is very significant that the Budget for All passed overwhelmingly in all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where in was on the ballot, ranging from Boston to Holyoke to Norwood and Fall River,” said Paul Shannon of the American Friends Service Committee.

“The vote in Massachusetts sends a clear message to Senator Kerry, Senator Brown, Senator-elect Warren and elected officials across the state that it is time for a new discussion in Washington, Beacon Hill and across the country: Don’t use the deficit as an excuse to cut necessary programs that benefit all of us. We should deal with the deficit by changing the policies that caused it, not by cutting teachers’ jobs, mass transit, Medicaid and food aid,” said Margaret Arneaud, board member of the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants.

The Budget for All passes at a critical moment as the “fiscal cliff” and “sequestration” loom on Washington’s horizon. Unless Congress acts now, automatic cuts in needed programs will go into effect beginning January 1. And even bigger cuts will follow.

“The passage of this ballot initiative is a clear rejection of the idea of a ‘grand bargain’ presently being discussed in the media and by the Administration, which would accept draconian cuts to jobs and social programs in exchange for small increases in revenue and insignificant cuts to military programs,” said Laurie Taymor-Berry, legislative liaison for Survivors Inc.

“We see there’s a war going on in our own neighborhoods, where people are dying from shootings and killings and issues in our communities. It frustrates residents to see that so much is being spent on the military and overseas instead of bringing those resources right here in our own neighborhoods,” said Mimi Ramos, Executive Director of New England United for Justice.

Budget for All Update, November 2, 2012

There are only four more days until election day!  The issues raised by the Budget for All are at the center of the national debate, as commentators debate whether Democrats and Republicans will make a “grand bargain” to cut Social Security, Medicare, and human services and allow military spending to continue to rise in exchange for modest tax increases on the wealthy, or whether the progressives will have enough muscle to prevent a bad bargain.  “There’s going to be a major effort by lots of groups to make sure the people we vote for don’t sell us down the river,” said Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future.    A big vote for the Budget for All in Massachusetts will show that the people demand prosperity, not austerity!

Take the Day Off on election day, this Tuesday, November 6!  We need volunteers at every polling place in 91 cities and towns, especially at the busy times from 7-9 am and 5-8 pm.   Contact your town or district Budget for All coordinator to sign up for a shift and get materials, or contact Paul Shannon (pshannon@afsc.org, 617-623-5288) or Cole Harrison (cole@masspeaceaction.org, 617-4667-9274).   We have plenty of signs, palm cards, and flyers to help you get the word out!

Then, join us at the Victory Party at Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain. Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants is hosting the victory party for the Budget for All Coalition.  All B4A volunteers are welcome! Free bar food in the Menino Room (the big room at the back) as we watch the election returns on a wide screen TV starting at 9pm, courtesy of Doyle's.

"Budget for All" Supporters Rally in Dorchester

Rep. Mike Capuano will Lead Boston Call for a Better Federal Budget

Community Rally for nonbinding Question 4
Thursday, October 25, 10 am
637 Washington Street, Dorchester (Codman Square Health Center)

On October 25, Boston political and community leaders will call for a budget that supports working people and solves national budget standoffs. Question 4, on the November 6 ballot throughout Boston and a third of the state, is the largest public policy question in at least several decades, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office. It has been endorsed by four Mass. congressmen, 23 state legislators, and many local elected officials.

Jimmy Tingle for President

Jimmy Tingle for PresidentJimmy Tingle for President
The Funniest Campaign in History

An evening of laughs in support of the Budget for All Referendum

Nationally known comedian, filmmaker, and commentator Jimmy Tingle has constructed another hilarious, thought-provoking and politically charged presentation based on his 2012 satirical run for office.

As the founder of the "Humor for Humanity" party, Jimmy Tingle is running on his comedic record. The campaign underlines his passion and creative thinking on every issue the next president must grapple with from alternative energy to immigration to jobs and the national debt. Despite the seriousness of the issues confronting America and the world, Jimmy Tingle for President is The Funniest Campaign in History!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Warren-Brown debate has been cancelled. Revised schedule:

6:30 pm – Doors open - cash bar and complimentary refreshments

7:30 pmJimmy Tingle for President’

With special appearances by elected officials in support of the Budget for All!

Davis Square Theater

255 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville

Budget for All Update, October 22

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.

Rep. Jim McGovern Boosts B4A at Northampton Forum

Northampton, October 16 - A coalition of over a dozen Western Massachusetts organizations sponsored a forum on the Budget for All at Northampton High School last night, attended by about 125 people. Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton opened the forum.

Jeff Napolitano of AFSC moderated, reminding the guests that MLK condemned militarism and saying that Massachusetts wants social uplift, not spiritual doom.

Budget for All Update - October 15

October 15, 2012

Take the day off on Election Day!  In only three short weeks, one million Massachusetts voters will decide on the Budget for All Referendum, and many of them will not be clear about it before walking into the polling places.   We need volunteers to hand out palm cards or flyers at the polls to reach out to those voters as they walk in.  

Does your town have a plan for Election Day?   Find volunteers to cover the polls, particularly at the heaviest times, 7-9am and 4-8pm.   Post rally signs near the polls and hand out materials to voters.   For more info or to sign up: budget4allmass.org/election-day.
Inline image 2Have you seen the new flyer design?   This eye-catching flyer is great for reaching out to voters.  Contact Paul Shannon at AFSC (pshannon@afsc.org, 617-623-5288) and tell him how many copies you need and what town(s) they will be used in (so we can fill in the right question number).

Tell the Press in Your Town about the Budget for All

We are trying to get a news story or op ed into the local paper(s) and “patch” website in each community where our referendum will be on the ballot as well as any regional paper that covers that community.

Can you help?

Attached below is a model press release that you may or may not choose to draw on.

Election Day!

Election Day for the Budget for All will be November 6, 2012. Polls are open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.



      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
      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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