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Rally: No to a Bad "Grand Bargain"

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Highway Robbery - Yesterday & TodayJoin us as we deliver a letter to Senators Kerry and Brown to protest a bad "grand bargain".  Tell us in advance that you'll be there -- Register to attend!

President Obama is bargaining with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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The "Grand Bargain" is a Turkey!

When: Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: 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!

President Obama wants to bargain with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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Budget for All Lobby Day #2

When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Massachusetts State House - room 511 • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston

International Workers' Day March and Rally

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Revere, Everett, Chelsea, East Boston

Join community members, activists, labor rights organizations and friends
as we commemorate International Workers Day of Rights on May 1st. 

REVERE Gather @ 3:00 PM Revere City Hall

EVERETT Gather @ 3:00 PM Everett City Hall

CHELSEA Gather @ 4:00 PM Chelsea City Hall

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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.

Election day signs in Roslindale

“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.

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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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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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Protest at Nancy Pelosi's Harvard Speech

When: Friday, November 13, 2009, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School • 79 JFK St. • Littauer Hall • Cambridge

Speaker Pelosi:

No Escalation in Afghanistan!

Bring the Troops Home Now!

Support Single Payer Health Care!

Stop CO2 Pollution –350 by 2020!


Protest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Friday, November 13,   4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Harvard U., JFK School, Littauer Bldg.
79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge
The Democrats won a majority in the House of
Representatives in 2006 on a popular mandate to bring the troops home and stop selling America to corporate interests. As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi sets priorities for Congress.
There is no military solution in Afghanistan.   The more U.S. troops that are sent to prop up the corrupt regime, the harder it will be to make peace. But under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, Congress continues to support war and occupation. Congress must cut off the funds to bring all our troops home from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.  
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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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Take Back the Capitol

When: Monday, December 5, 2011, 3:00 am to Friday, December 9, 2011, 12:00 pm
Where: Washington, DC

Take Back the Capitol

Join thousands of 99%-ers who are coming to Washington, DC during the first week of December to take back the Capitol from corporate control.

We can have a real impact as Congress deliberates the extension of unemployment insurance benefits for more than 2 million people and the deficit reduction recommendations of the Super-Committee—which could include devastating cuts that would destroy millions of jobs.

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