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The Debt Deal, Entitlements, Taxes, Budgets, and Military Spending

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St. • Copley Square T • Boston

Training for Activists 

Jo Comerford, Executive Director, National Priorities Project

Three years after the onset of the Great Recession, Washington is focused on cutting deficits instead of on creating jobs. Senator John Kerry is one of 12 members of a Super Committee charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the deficit.   Will he stand firm?
Ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, cutting the sprawling military budget, and restoring reasonable tax rates on the wealthy would free up enough money to fund job creation, green energy infrastructure, and rehire laid off teachers, while still saving the $1.5 trillion. The People’s Budget provides the blueprint. But there is a real danger that the Super Committee will instead cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs, while making only token gestures towards military cuts and taxes.  
This training seminar will give activists the knowledge they need to explain the federal budget, the debt deal and the People’s Budget in their communities and build pressure on Sen. Kerry and our Congressional delegation to do the right thing.
Specifically, it will build understanding of:
  • the major components of the federal budget -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the military, human services: how they are funded, what the issues are with each, and how the Peoples Budget might be used to mobilize people around a real alternative to the present solutions being offered.
  • the debt deal
  • the impact that likely spending cuts will have on people in Massachusetts
  • how military spending cuts can radically alter the kind of debt deal we get and the impacts of such a deal on people
Sponsored by:
Fund Our Communities / Cut Military Spending 25% Campaign – - -  617-491-3333
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