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Tax Day Rallies

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Emmanuel Church • 15 Newbury St • Arlington T • Boston

We pay our taxes.

Are we getting what we need?

Saturday, April 12, 2pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Mel King • Rep. Jim McGovern • Rep. Katherine Clark • Grace Ross, MC • Haris Gruman, SEIU • Lew Finfer, Raise Up Mass • Rep. Jay Livingstone • Carolyn Federoff, AFGE 3258 • M.K. Merelice, Green-Rainbow Party candidate• Nathan Proctor, Mass Fair Share • Joe Kebartas, Veterans for Peace • Andrew Fish, Mass PIRG • Joann Thomas & Alex Booth, MAHT • Tilly Teixeira, Mass Senior Action • Amy Tighe, 350 Mass • Dr. Richard Fine, Medical Researcher • Rob Folan-Johnson, ACT-UP • Don Berkwick, candidate for governor • Rev. Vernon Walker • Mike Prokosch, Dorchester People for Peace • Phyllis Evans, 25% Coalition • Video messages from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank

The way we raise and spend our taxes tells us a lot about what our country has become.

Why do working people pay their taxes, while the rich and corporations get huge tax breaks?

Why are we cutting medical research, Head Start, housing, food stamps and unemployment insurance -- while we spend more on the Pentagon than the next 10 countries combined?

Why is there no national jobs program -- when there are still more than 10 million unemployed and our state plans to spend $2 billion on new prisons?

Why can energy companies pollute the atmosphere and destroy the climate, but there is no price for emitting carbon?

We need a Budget for All!

Tell Congress to support the

Better Off Budget


Protest Corporate Tax Cheats

Saturday, April 12, 12:30 pm
Bank of America
440 Boylston St. at Berkeley St., Boston

Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


Worcester

Rally: Thursday, April 10, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Bank of America
255 Park Ave, Worcester

Loopholes allowed Bank of America to avoid over $4 billion in taxes in 2012


Fall River

Rally: Thursday, April 10, 4:00 pm
Government Center

Fall River taxpayers will spend $65 million on the Pentagon budget in 2014


Walpole

Vigil: Saturday, April 12, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Walpole Common
Main & West Streets

Our country spends more on the military than the next 13 biggest military spenders in the world, combined. The Ryan budget proposal particularly targets these social services for devastating cuts. We need the ‘Budget for All’ that supports social services and the needs of people.


Budget for All!info@budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169 – www.budget4allmass.org

Stop the Cuts – Invest in Jobs – Tax the 1% – Bring the Troops Home – Reduce Military Spending

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Towards a Just & Cooperative U.S. Foreign Policy

When: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: St Ignatius Parish • 28 Commonwealth Ave • Take Green Line "B" to End of Line & cross Comm. Ave. • Chestnut Hill

As the Wars Wind Down... Are We Nearing a Turning Point?

Massachusetts Peace Action 2014 Annual Meeting

What a year! A popular outcry stopped a U.S. war with Syria and diplomacy promises relaxation of tensions with Iran (if Congress doesn’t interfere). The Budget for All proved that voters want less military spending and more social investment, and the Autumn Convergence showed that we can connect peace, climate, and economic and social justice into a single progressive agenda.

Why is the U.S. the world’s policeman and what is the alternative? How can we move our nation towards a more peaceful foreign policy? We present two important voices to solve these riddles and shape our work in 2014.

Barney Frank served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. A constant campaigner to cut the military budget by 25%, he formed the Sustainable Defense Task Force in 2010 to propose practical ways to do so, and criticized U.S. support for NATO . The primary architect of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform act, Frank is now at work on a book.

Andrew Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army Colonel, he is author of The New American Militarism, Washington Rules, andBreach of Trust.  Read an important recent article. Bacevich urges the U.S. to abandon its hegemonistic foreign policy and focus on rebuilding its society at home. His books will be available for signing.

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Clone of Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

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

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Activist Coalition Rallies to End Sequester, Pain Caused by Budget Cuts

Open Media Boston - by Tate Williams, May-18-13 BOSTON - Congressional gridlock and federal budget cuts all too often come across as a maddening string of abstract numbers, amid repeated news of failure to reach an agreement.

But for the people who rely on the affected programs—the disabled, seniors, the unemployed, the working poor—the across-the-board cuts implemented by the so-called sequester has been anything but abstract. It’s lost work, fewer days of childcare, even the threat of homelessness.

On Thursday, organizations and people directly affected by recent federal budget cuts rallied in Boston, both to put a face on the impact of the cutbacks, and to protest the sequester and deeper reductions to social services that loom in current talks in D.C.

“It’s important that everyone here understand that sequestration means cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, home services that people like myself need,” said Dennis Heaphy, of the Disability Policy Consortium. “It’s a complete absurdity for our government to think that this is actually going to result in anything positive. They need to get the courage to do what they have to do to protect the rights of people who have the greatest needs.”

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Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

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

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Senators Kerry & Brown: Don't Break Our Hearts!

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6:45 am to 8:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square - corner of New Chardon & Cambridge Streets • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

Don't Break My HeartOn Valentine’s Day—Tell Senators Kerry & Brown

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

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Protesters Demand Sen. Kerry Represent US!

Community Speakout on Jobs and the Economy

When: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 3:00 pm
Where: Prince Hall • 24 Washington St • Dorchester

It’s no secret that our community is facing many challenges these days. Many people are out of work and have little hope of finding a job. Hundreds have been forced from their homes due to foreclosure. Tight budgets have closed schools and community centers, leaving our youth with few opportunities.

It’s time for change, and we need to speak out and take action on these and so many other issues that harm our neighborhoods.

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Still Time to Jump On a Bus!

BusOctober 1 - In less than 24 hours, hundreds of thousands of people from every state of the union will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for one of the most important mobilizations in a long time. From every walk of life, people are coming together to say it is time for new priorities in our nation. It's time to put our people back to work, time to re-commit to full justice for everyone, time for quality public education, and much more.

Community: 

Don't Hope For Change, Create It!

There are only two weeks to go until the October 2, 2010 One Nation Working Together rally in Washington, DC. One of the largest coalitions of progressive organizations in our lifetime has come together to demand a people's agenda from Washington DC.

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Will We See You There?

Crowd at DemonstrationTwo weeks ago we asked if you were ready to hit the streets again. The answer is coming in from every corner of the country: YES.
 
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Jobs, Peace, Justice - 10.2.10 DC; Reject Anti-Muslim Agitation - UJP Strategy Conference

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting Center • 5 Longfellow Park • off Brattle St. near Harvard Sq T • Cambridge
Jose Perez
Jose Perez
Juan Cofield
Juan Cofield

Time change!  Conference starts at noon.  Potluck Lunch!

Marking the anniversary of 9/11, the conference will hear a presentation by an invited speaker from the Roxbury Mosque on the controversy over the Islamic Center in Manhattan and anti-Muslim agitation in New York and Boston.

The conference will discuss the economic crisis and the One Nation Working Together mobilization which will rally progressive movements in Washington, DC on October 2.

Juan Cofield, President of NAACP's New England Area Conference, will address the conference, as will Jose Perez, Massachusetts organizer of One Nation and an organizer for SEIU Health Care Workers 1199.   Cofield and Perez will explain the importance of a united mobilization at this time, describe the organizing being done in Massachusetts, and talk about how peace activists can get involved.

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Jeremy Brecher and Elaine Bernard: Strategies for Labor/ Peace/ Green Alliance

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • UNITE HERE Building, Chinatown T Stop • Boston

Connecting the Issues: the Economy, the Climate Crisis, & War and Peace

This conversation brings together 2 outstanding, long-time labor-movement activist intellectuals. It focuses on strategies for labor at this critical moment, particularly those that involve systematic collaboration with the peace/anti-war movement, climate justice movement, the single-payer health movement and the diverse coalition that elected Obama.

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GOP Extremists: Cease & Desist!

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Massachusetts GOP Headquarters • 85 Merrimac St • North Station T • Boston

Cease & Desist

It’s time to listen to what the voters keep saying about the Budget:

Wednesday, October 16, 12 noon
Massachusetts GOP Headquarters
85 Merrimac St, Boston
North Station "T" stop

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Coalition Urges Legislators: Stop Cuts, Close Loopholes, Trim Pentagon

Boston, July 10-- The State Legislature should send a strong “anti-austerity” message to Washington to reverse devastating federal budget cuts, witnesses said today at a Statehouse hearing. Led by veteran community leader Mel King, 40 speakers from community, labor and peace groups, elected officials and policy experts urged the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to pass the “Budget for All Resolution” (H 3211 and S 1750) to oppose federal cuts that threaten to reverse the state’s economic recovery and throw the state budget into deficit again. “Which side are you on?,” King asked legislators.

Community leader Mel King
Modeled on language passed by voters by an average 3 to 1 margin in each of the 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot last November, the Budget for All Resolution urges Congress and President Obama to generate new revenues to invest in jobs by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing the top 2% earners, ending the war in Afghanistan quickly and redirecting Pentagon spending to jobs and human needs.

“There is reason to fear that through budget cuts or a retreat from crucial programs, Washington would undo much of what we have accomplished in Massachusetts,” State Treasurer Steven Grossman stated in written testimony. “The people of Massachusetts have expressed support for these resolutions at the ballot box. I respectfully request that your committee do the same by reporting it favorably.”

“The lights were out in two Head Start classrooms in my town because of sequestration,” said Rep. David Rogers of Cambridge. “The lives of our future citizens are being formed. We are spending too much on the military, and there is too much of a gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Budget for All has got it right and we should pass it,” he concluded.

Several speakers testified to the devastating local effects of the $1 trillion in across the board “sequester” cuts that kicked in on March 1, with a 5% cut in every federal program, to be followed by 8% cuts annually for the next decade. The automatic cuts are the second stage of the $2.2 trillion “cuts only” approach to the federal deficit passed by Congress in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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