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Rally: Stop the Cuts, End Corporate Tax Breaks, and Redirect Pentagon Spending!

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Tip O'Neil Federal Building • 10 Causeway St • North Station T • Boston

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 and Congress are discussing cuts to universally popular programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. When elite airline passengers suffered inconvenience and delay with cuts to air traffic control, Congress responded quickly. But nothing has been done about planned cuts to Head Start, housing, and nutrition programs and job creation.

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.

Join us on Thursday, May 16, to say:
Stop the Cuts!

When: 12 noon
Tip O’Neill Federal Building,
10 Causeway Street, Boston – North Station (Green Line) Regional Headquarters for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development

Speakers: Steve Tolman, pres., Mass. AFL-CIO; Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry; Carolyn Federoff, AFGE; Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, community action advocate; people impacted by program cuts We’ll also visit tax dodgers Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston.

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Solidarity with Wisconsin

About 2000 people joined a Solidarity with Wisconsin rally today at the state house with many brief, inspiring speakers. At right, Enid Eckstein of 1199SEIU reminds the crowd that supporting Wisconsin workers also defends the rights of all U.S. workers to collective bargaining.

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Valentine's Day Anti-Sequestration Rally Hits Hub

Andrew Jeromski, Open Media Boston, February 16, 2013

BOSTON/Government Center—With $1 trillion in potential budget cuts that would devastate social programs and adversely effect economic recovery looming on March 1st, a group of Boston community activists and residents took to the JFK Federal Building to present freshman Senators William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with giant Valentine’s Day cards on Thursday imploring them to do what they can to head off the heavy-handed “sequestration” cuts that become law on March 1st, while protecting medicare, medicaid and vital social programs, cutting defense spending and ending the war in Afghanistan immediately.

The “Have a Heart” rally was sponsored by the coalition Budget for All, along with the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants, American Federation of Government Employees Local 3258, City Life/Vida Urbana and New England United for Justice, among others. The coalition is advocating for the implementation of the "Budget for All", a nonbinding referendum which passed in all 91 Bay State communities where it appeared on the ballot by a three-to-one margin, calling on President Obama and Congress to prevent cuts to Social Security, housing and other vital programs, create and protect jobs, raise revenues by closing tax loopholes, restoring higher tax rates on the top two percent and reduce Pentagon spending to fund domestic needs.

The rally began around 12:30 p.m., in front of the federal building at Government Center, with a group leading a sing-along of popular rock standards—such as Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and The Beatles’ “All We Need is Love”—with lyrics altered for the occasion.

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The Story of Broke

We know that our government is currently in the midst of making trillion dollar decisions on our behalf. These spending decisions will speak to our priorities as a country and impact millions of citizens. Annie Leonard's new film, "The Story of Broke", describes a system of power and influence that is corrupting our political process and leaving us, in the 99%, without real representation. And, yet, in a democracy - we have the power to shift this broken system. Join us as we help forge a responsible and healthy future.

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Dorchester's Messages to Sen. Kerry

These are the comments from postcard signers in Dorchester October 8, 2011.

We need Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security. Please do not cut any of the above. Remember you work for us!

Please work hard to stop Medicare cuts. As a senior we need all the help we can get.

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Roslindale's Messages to Sen. Kerry

The following messages to Sen. Kerry were written on postcards by people visiting the Roslindale Farmer's Market on October 15, 2011.

“Don't compromise on social security and medicaid. These are hard earned and important / vital benefits that millions of Americans pay for an depend on. Don't give in!!”

“The people of this country who do work hard at raising their families should not have to sacrifice their futures. Cutting Medicare, Pell grants and Social Security will only hurt the futures of these hard working adults and our children in the future.”

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Messages to Sen. Kerry - Boston Common

The following messages to Sen. Kerry were written by people at the Boston Common, September 21, 2011

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Messages to Sen. Kerry - Boston, Cambridge, Shrewsbury, other places

After over a decade of Bush tax cuts, two immoral unfunded wars, and a Wall Street bailout for bankers of hundreds of billions of dollars – cutting Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare to close the deficit is a moral outrage. The rich need to pay more taxes – including for repatriating overseas profits. – As a pediatrician, I feel Medicaid cuts are a morally abject way to pay for rich people’s life styles with taking health care away from poor children.

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Boston "Fund Our Future" Speakout Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

Portion of the crowd at Fund Our Future Roxbury speakout
Noemi Ramos photo

March 22, 2011- Over 200 people attended a Boston community speakout tonight to talk about the impact of a third year of state budget cutbacks on education, health care, elder services, teen jobs and other programs.   

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"Fiscal Showdown"

False Friends?

As the press continues to report breathlessly on negotiations to avoid the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” – which is no immediate crisis unless it is used as the excuse to attack vital social benefits – there are mixed signals from the Obama administration and Democratic legislators. 

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Video of 2011 St Patrick's Peace Parade

Please view these two short videos of the 2011 St Patrick's Peace Parade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Myh-Who9n5w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B195pQNW-7s

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North Shore's Messages to Sen. Kerry

We have worked our whole lives and paid into these programs.  Please be sure to hold sacred that which we have saved.

- Salem

The only change needed for social security is eliminating the cap on payments of the social security tax.  Do not reduce current "payroll taxes" but collect them on every dollar of income.

- Salem

Cut defense, cut corporate welfare.  Do not touch Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pell grants!

- Nahant

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Messages to Sen. Kerry - Methuen, Lawrence, Amherst, Weymouth and more

Please end the wars. We need money for education, food, and housing. Don’t cut social security.

Methuen, MA

Please schedule public hearings, end the wars. We need jobs and education.

Lawrence, MA

Please keep taxation proportionate so the rich are paying their fair share and corporate tax loopholes are closed.

Amherst, MA

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Postcard instruction sheet

We are gathering thousands of handwritten postcards to Senator Kerry as part of a campaign to pressure him on SuperCommittee/deficit issues. These ideas will help make those postcards as effective as possible.

Guidelines for everyone

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It takes time to gather individually written cards one at time. Ten cards per hour is the record so far  for a card-gatherer going from one person to another. Here are two ways to get more cards.

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Victory at Shaw's!

 

by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Workers at the Shaw's warehouse in Methuen ratified a new contract Thursday by a vote of 171 to 37. This ends a bitter seventeen week strike that started on March 7th. Workers will return to work and the "permanent replacements" will be gone. 

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