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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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)

Updates from around the state - June 19

Somerville/Medford (Jehlen senate district)

Sofia Wolman: Eric and I have been committing a lot of time to Jehlen's district, mainly at the Shaw's in Porter Square. We each get about 10-15 signatures/hour there. We're going out now for another go at it. We were going to go to the Davis Square market, but the rain is keeping us away. Paul has our sheets so I've sort of lost track of where we're at, but I feel good that we'll make the 1200.

Arlington and Belmont certified!


Today the secretary of state certified in writing that our referendum will be “on ballot unless otherwise notified” in the 2 Arlington districts – the 23rd and 24th Middlesex state rep districts. That's about 37,500 voters who will have the opportunity to support the Budget for All in November!

Congratulations to the Arlington volunteers for being the first to get the job completed. Hopefully it’s the first of many pieces of good news.

Updates from around the state - June 13

Four districts are finished! The two Arlington State Rep districts, 23d and 24th Middlesex (one of which also includes Belmont) are completely ready to file. The Senate districts in Newton/Brookline and Roslindale/West Roxbury/Dedham are essentially done and awaiting city/town certification. In those places we no longer need more signatures.

Congratulations to the Arlington 25% Campaign, Arlington UJP, Occupy Arlington, and their supporters (coordinated by Barbara Boltz); Mass Occupy/Brookline (coordinated by Frank Farlow and David Klafter); Newton Dialogues on Peace & War (coordinated by Ann Glick with star signature-collector Eileen Kurkoski), and Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (coordinated by Michael Kane with star collectors Molly Hannon and Elaine Ruff)! These groups have shown us how to get it done -- let's follow suit!

We have three weeks to go to finish the rest of our districts. Here are reports from around the state.

Maryellen Kurkulos, Fall River

6/6: While there are three districts in Fall River, one (the 8th) which spills out to encompass all of Westport, we are concentrating on D7 and possibly D6. I have an interested Westport resident but I'm hoping to recruit her to work with us in D7. We start at Price Rite tomorrow, are attending 2 farmers markets this week as well as going door to door in some low income neighborhoods. Aiming for 100 signatures.

Sunny Robinson, Gloucester

6/7: We are coming along just fine here on Cape Ann. Getting signatures without too much difficulty. Will try to get a partial count for a Sat. update. Here in Gloucester we have turned in some sigs for verification and can get them back this afternoon, so we have a sense of how we are doing. Will get Rockport update tomorrow evening, thus a Sat. update.

I am sure others will have the same response as I to the comments of the concern from Marblehead etc. re the last item in the petition being a concern for the ballot. That item being the heart of the matter, this feedback I believe speaks to the need to be writing a really clear piece for the voter info booklet and developing materials that we all can use in our regions for a positive get out the vote campaign.

Cambridge Schedule - DiDomenico District

Updated July 2, 8am

The Jehlen and Petruccelli districts are DONE! The only Cambridge district that needs more signatures is DiDomenico's. We are getting close but still not there!

Script for Presentation at a Meeting

I’m here today to solicit your signature for a non-binding statewide referendum that more than 20 groups across Massachusetts are trying to put on the November ballot.

Let me read you the wording of this referendum (read from petition)

Many groups feel that there is a growing consensus among groups in our social movement around the message embodied in this referendum. And we feel that, given the chance to vote on it, most of the public – across the political spectrum – will support it.

Updates from Around the State - June 6

Bette Keva (8th Essex - Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn)

Looks like things are moving very well. I'm happy to be helping. My daughter, Anastasia, came with me to Stop & Shop and Swampscott and we collected 44 signatures, 39 from my district and the others from parts of Salem and Lynn. We will have a lot more by the time this weekend is over.

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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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