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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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.



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.

Where to Turn in Petitions

One person from the coalition will take the petitions in to the election department in each town. Turn in your petitions to the following people:

Boston - Michael Kane (MAHT), michaelkane@saveourhomes.org, 617-267-2949 or Becky Pierce, beckyp44@verizon.net

Brookline - Frank Farlow, frank.farlow@verizon.net, 617-232-9654

This Week's Updates from Around the State - May 31

Cole Harrison:
Monday at Memorial Day for Peace new volunteers stepped forward to coordinate districts in Stoughton, Canton, Quincy, Hingham, Weymouth, and Waltham, as well as others to help with districts already being worked. So on the South Shore we have added this week the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th Norfolk and the 3rd Plymouth.

On Wednesday, we held a North Shore kickoff which was attended by about 20 people. We have an active group working the 5th Essex and people starting on the 1st, 2nd, 8th, 15th, 16th and 18th Essex.

Endorsement letter by Rep. Barney Frank

Rep. Barney Frank has written a strongly worded letter of support for the Budget for All Referendum. Check it out!

Community updates

Dear all, here are updates from local organizers across the state. Send yours to cole@masspeaceaction.org and I'll include in the next update!

Michael Kane - Rush senate district (West Roxbury, Roslindale...)

Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (Molly Hannon and Elaine Marin’s team) have been collecting at at Roche Brothers and going door to door at Georgetowne Homes. 475 certified by City of Boston. 360 more were turned in this morning to Boston; they should be certified by Thursday, figure 80% rate. We have another 60 from surrounding towns that will be submitted to those towns tomorrow morning, and another 40 from Boston we may be able to turn in. We are on target to reach 1,200 certifiable signatures by this weekend.

North Shore Kickoff Meeting


Wednesday, May 30, 7pm
House of Peace, 1 High St., Ipswich
Barn Behind the Main House (go up the drive and park behind the house)

Learn more about the Budget for All Referendum and how voters in towns across Massachusetts can send a message to Washington this November!

Our Right to Collect Signatures in Public Places

The office of the Secretary of State provided these two sheets of guidelines regarding soliciting signatures in public places and in shopping centers. We have the right to collect in any shopping center, but not at a stand-alone store (unless granted by the manager). We are attempting to get a clear definition of "shopping center", but dictionary.com calls it "a group of stores within a single architectural plan, supplying most of the basic shopping needs, especially in suburban areas".

Southeastern Mass. Kickoff Meeting


Those interested in learning more about the Budget for All Referendum, or interested in helping collect signatures to get it on the ballot, are invited to the meeting.

DATE: Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: Smith Neck Quaker Meeting, 594 Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth
THE ISSUE: To put the BUDGET FOR ALL on the November Ballot.
CONTACT: Rachel Tedesco, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, cell phone: 508-944-6436; email: revrayted@comcast.net.

Agenda:
Slide presentation on the Budget for All issues agenda
Guidelines for gathering petition signatures
Prioritizing districts and setting up coordination in Southeastern Mass.

Boston area outreach May 19-20

Join one of these groups as we gather petition signatures this weekend!

Saturday, May 19

Belmont: Belmont Town Day, tentatively 10-1. Contact Thea Paneth, tpaneth@gmail.com.

Brookline: 12:00 noon-1pm. Meet at Coolidge Corner and look for the multi-colored peace flags. Contact Frank Farlow (frank.farlow@verizon.net) to sign up, or just come by.

Cambridge: 11am, tentatively at Trader Joe's on Memorial Drive. Contact Paul Shannon, pshannon@afsc.org, 617 623 5288, to sign up. Be sure to let Paul know if you are thinking of coming, as if enough people don't sign up he'll go to Davis instead.

Dorchester: 9:30 am on - join Dorchester People for Peace at Little League fields in Savin Hill, Town Field (Fields Corner), and Pope John Paul Park (Neponset). Contact Jeff Klein, jjk123@comcast.net.

Door-knocking day in Ward 15 (Fields Corner). Contact Lucia at New England United for Justice, lucia.neunited4justice@gmail.com.

Natick: 4-5:30 pm. Roche Bros. Tentative - contact Carol Coakley, coakley50@earthlink.net.

Newton: Newtonville, meet at 9:30 am in front of Bank of America, then move to Whole Foods. Contact Ann Glick, 617 818-8367.

Somerville: 10am. Meet at Davis Square T station, corner of Highland Ave. and College Ave. Contact Ben Gworek, bgworek@lifefantastic.org, (401) 316-3697.

12 noon - 6pm. Somerville "Porchfest". Listen to some cool music and get some signatures. Contact Ben and he will pair people up, provide petitions and instruction, and get you on your way.

West Roxbury: Roche Bros., 1800 Centre St. Alliance of HUD Tenants. Contact Molly at 617-959-3288 to help.

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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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