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Exit Afghanistan Now: Support the Budget for All - Brown Bag Lunch Vigil

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets, Boston • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

Vote Yes on Budget for AllThe New York Times came out for rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan in an October 14 editorial.    Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has done the same in several recent debates.

What about Senator Kerry?  Will he continue to support two more years of conflict followed by a further 10 years of residual occupation, as the Administration proposes? Or will he support a rapid end to the war?

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Bring the Troops Home; No to Runaway Military Spending

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square (corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets) • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

The House is voting on the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill this week.  This mammoth waste of taxpayer dollars and destroyer of true national security, representing 57% of the money to be appropriated by Congress this year, will spend:

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Counter-Summit: Say No to NATO!

Say No to NATO

There will be more than 50 heads of state participating in the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21.

The NATO Summit's agenda aims to:

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Fund Our Communities, Not War

When: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11:30 am
Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church • 1135 Walnut St • Newton Highlands T (Green Line "D" train) • Newton Highlands

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

This free public forum on cutting military spending and better funding our communities will feature presentations by Congressman Barney Frank (D, Newton), State Representative Ruth Balser (D, Newton), and New Priorities Network coordinator Mike Prokosch.

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

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Conference Schedule    Conference Workshops    Post-Conference Rally

Noam Chomsky

Keynote speaker 
Noam Chomsky

The Arab Spring: 
Significance and Prospects

The Conference

Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP. The US/NATO bombing of Libya is the latest in the series of wars. Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems are getting worse. Few peace and justice activists can remember a more troubling time.

How did we get here and how can we change things?

What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?

How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic and racial justice movements? 

We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.

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Fund our Future! A Boston Budget Speakout

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Hibernian Hall • 182-184 Dudley St • Roxbury Crossing T • Roxbury

Feds Cut Low-Income Heat Aid

Boston Cuts School Budget $63 million

State Will Cut Local Aid 10%

Join your neighbors and tell our elected officials:

Fund Our Future!

Meanwhile, call your State Rep and Senator today at 617-727-2121. Ask them to support “An Act to Invest in Our Communities.” 

This bill will help plug the state budget gap and make taxes fairer.
It is being introduced by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (Senate Docket 1012) and Rep. Jim O’Day (House Docket 2261).

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Planting the Seeds of a Foreign Policy for All

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: First Church in Boston • 66 Marlborough St (corner of Berkeley) • Arlington T • Boston

Massachusetts Peace Action 2015 Annual Meeting

Keynote speakers:

Dennis Kucinich, former Member of Congress and presidential candidate; author, The Courage to Survive.

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Pastor for Formation and Justice, First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain; author, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the future of Democracy

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(CANCELLED) On Tax Day, say: Stop the Cuts and Redirect Pentagon Spending!

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Tip O'Neil Federal Building • 10 Causeway St • North Station T • Boston

Event Cancelled due to the Bombings:

We’re paying our taxes...
Why are vital services being cut, and
Why is the president proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare?

Budget cutters in Washington have already slashed Meals on Wheels, Head Start, Housing, Education, Fuel Assistance, Unemployment, Health Programs, AIDS Housing, and family violence prevention. Now the President wants to cut even more vital programs.

But there is an alternative.

1. End Corporate Tax Breaks!

Very high income people and giant corporations get hundreds of billions of dollars a year in tax breaks through loopholes and offshore tax shelters. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon are key members of Fix the Debt, a corporate group pushing for big cuts in critical public programs and even lower corporate taxes.

2. Redirect Pentagon Spending to Jobs and Vital programs for People!

The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. Much of it funds destructive wars like Iraq, wasteful weapons systems like the F-35, and keeping us in Afghanistan for years to come.

Cancelled - Join us on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 16, to say:
Stop the Cuts!

When: 11 am
Tip O’Neill Federal Building,
10 Causeway Street, Boston – North Station (Green Line) Regional Headquarters for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development
We’ll also visit Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston.

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Jimmy Tingle for President: An evening of laughs in support of the Budget for All Referendum

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Davis Square Theater • 255 Elm Street (Davis Square) • Somerville

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

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

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Question 4 You: POSTPONED

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Where: Postponed! • Boston

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled, perhaps on or about Nov 13.


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Budget for All Referendum Kick-Off Meeting

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown T • Boston

Sign the PetitionRead about the Referendum here.   We hope everyone who can help collect signatures for the Referendum will make it to this kick-off meeting!

We will live-stream the meeting  for those who cannot attend in person.   The stream will be on and will also be available for viewing later.

The meeting will include training on:

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Budget for All Referendum: Let's Send a Message to Washington!

Paul ShannonThe Afghanistan war grinds on, the Pentagon budget keeps growing, corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower taxes than their secretaries, Social Security and other benefits are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs.  

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St Patrick's Peace Parade!

Yesterday, the big day finally came -- Saint Patrick's Peace Parade: People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social and Economic Justice. 
Pat Scanlon and Tony Flaherty, two of the main parade organizers.
As in years past, the Veterans For Peace request to join the "official" (or "traditional") St. Patrick's Day Parade was denied by the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston.  So was the request of Join the Impact and MassEquality (both LGBT organizations).  (Read article about the MassEquality experience at this link, along with a copy of the letter they received from the Allied War Veterans.) 

Not being allowed to march in the "official" parade, for the second year Veterans For Peace and other groups (notably Massachusetts Peace Action with the leadership of Cole Harrison) organized the St. Patrick's Peace Parade (the People's Alternative Parade...).  This year's parade was bigger than the first one, perhaps two or three times bigger (I don't have a good count yet).

There were several divisions in the Peace Parade, including: Veterans For Peace, GLBT groups, religious/faith-based groups, labor, peace groups, political groups, and Occupy. 
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St. Patrick's Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: assemble on D Street between 1st and 3rd Street • Broadway MBTA stop • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Social & Economic Justice

St Patrick's Peace Parade, March 2011

Please join Veterans For Peace and other Peace and social / economic Justice organizations for this historic 2nd Annual “People’s Peace Parade" in South Boston.

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No More Cuts! Tax the 1%! End the Wars! Invest in Jobs!

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 7:00 am to 8:30 am
Where: Senator John Kerry's Office • One Bowdoin Square (corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets) • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

On Tuesday, November 15, Tell Senators Kerry & Brown:

No More Cuts!  Tax the 1%!  End the Wars!  Invest in Jobs!

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