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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State Legislators to Congress: “Hear the voice of Massachusetts voters in your budget deliberations"

As Congress prepares to vote on “fiscal cliff” legislation, 7 Massachusetts State Senators and 18 State Representatives today appealed to the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, asking them to promote only budgetary policies that are consistent with a non-binding ballot question on the federal budget supported overwhelmingly by Massachusetts voters in November.

The legislators wrote:“Our voters have declared their preferences for a focus on investing in domestic jobs; prevention of cuts to Medicaid, housing, food assistance; improving taxes by simplifying the tax code and raising rates on large corporations and very high incomes; and re-directing spending away from Afghanistan, foreign military bases and nuclear weapons and toward our most important domestic priorities. This view is the view of our constituents in every corner of Massachusetts, and compels us to make it our mission.”

“This letter and the Budget for All express the values of Massachusetts' people, which are at risk in the fiscal cliff, so I hope they will be adopted,” commented State Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville).

State Representative Peter V. Kocot (D-Northampton) added, "I look forward to working with Congressman Jim McGovern and his progressive colleagues to make sure that any budget deal protects the elderly, our children and our communities.”

The public policy question, called the “Budget for All”, won easily in all 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot – whether those towns voted for Elizabeth Warren or for Scott Brown, for President Obama or for Mitt Romney. It won by a 3 to 1 margin statewide.

The Transforming Potential of the 2012 Elections

Mark Solomon, December 5, 2012

Post-election analyses on the left have acknowledged the unprecedented impact of demographic changes, great advances for women, significant victories in cultural battles, resistance to voter suppression and to Super- Pac billions There is a consensus that a powerful grass roots movement is essential for moving the Obama presidency in a more progressive direction. There has been less discussion of the alignment of social forces both in the election and after the election, of the internal political conflicts raging in ruling circles and how those conflicts impact mainstream voters and progressive struggles as well as affecting concrete opportunities for major advances.

Some pundits have noted that the 2012 election marked one of the most ideologically divisive contests in memory. There has been very little acceptance of that estimate among progressives. Many on the left have generally contended that the election did not alter a broad ruling class consensus on global neo-liberalism (untrammeled pursuit of maximum profits shorn of legal constraint and undergirded by military muscle). Without doubt, the ideological distance between campaigns was contained within a somewhat narrow space. For many, especially engaged activists, the ideological distance at best was hard to perceive.

However, that picture is inadequate. It does not acknowledge actual divisions within the ruling class that undergirded the political stands of the major candidates and parties, engendering an especially vitriolic contest. The dividing line was between unbridled neo-liberalism in global and domestic policies versus what can be called "corporate Keynesianism."

"Grand Bargain is a Turkey" rally, November 26

Video by Justin McCallum, Massachusetts Peace Action

Activists Warn Against Federal Budget Cuts

Activists Warn Against Federal Budget Cuts from Chris Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News.

Interview with Paul Shannon

This show was broadcast on Boston Neighborhood Network News, Monday, November 19, 2012. The segment with Paul Shannon is 10-15 minutes into the video.

Nightly news program with your anchor Chris Lovett

Original Airing Date: Nov 19, 2012

Producer: Boston Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network News: Guests include, Paul Shannon, Co-Coordinator, Budget 4 All Statewide Campaign; Margaret Sullivan, Historian, Boston Police Department.

Brookline passes Town Resolution on Afghanistan and redirecting military spending

Tricia Connors reports: After a vetting process by the town's Advisory Committee and the Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting approved the attached resolution this past Wednesday, November 14th. The Town Moderator inserted the names of newly elected Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Representative-elect Joe Kennedy III in the notification section immediately before the vote.

The "Grand Bargain" is a Turkey!

Monday, November 26, 2012, 12:00 pm

Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Grand TurkeyJoin us at a rally! Bring appropriate props and costumes (turkeys, billionaire costumes) -- and tell us in advance that you'll be there! Register to attend!

Budget for All Strategy Meeting

Monday, November 19, 6pm
UNITE HERE office, 33 Harrison Ave., Boston, near the Chinatown T stop

Meeting to coordinate our strategies and work in the coming months.

Because the Budget for All had such success on Election Day, we are now more than ever committed to blocking a bad deal in the face of the fiscal cliff and sequestration.

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.



      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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