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?
The new Fund Our Communities Not War - Massachusetts network has launched a short, intense campaign aimed at Senator Kerry, the Supercommittee, and the military budget.
We have two months to focus Massachusetts on Senator Kerry, the man who holds these choices in his hands. The campaign aims to save Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital programs from the kind of compromise Kerry may make. It raises up our solution -- end the war and cut the Pentagon! And it can build the working relationships with unions and grassroots organizations that we need to win those goals. The demands:
• Create jobs and get people back to work
• Restore fairness to the tax system
• Hands off Social Security and health benefits
• End the wars, bring the troops home and cut military spending
Join the campaign! Here are ways you can participate:
2. Collect postcards to Senator Kerry. We are using large size postcards on which people can write their own messages; the page has suggested ideas but asks people to use their own words. We go around with clipboards at large public events such as farmers' markets and progressive gatherings. Postcards should be turned in if possible and will be delivered in bulk; but people can also fill them out at home, attach a stamp and mail them in. Read our instructions for postcard collecting or download and print them. We also have an online postcard; messages written here are delivered to Sens. Kerry and Brown and the person's member of Congress.
3. Collect petition signatures. This is quicker but less impactful; it's the best choice primarily in venues where you don't have time to approach people individually and can, for example, pass a clipboard down rows of people at an event. Download the petition and print it -- or sign the online petition and ask your friends to do the same.
4. Contact your town officials or state rep and ask them to sponsor a public meeting about the Super Committee issues. They could invite Senator Kerry, or they themselves could discuss the impact of cuts and unemployment on your town.
5. Media work is an essential part of the campaign. Insistent media pressure can make him the target for everyone who dislikes the deficit scam. Are you willing to write letters to the editor? Can you tweet, blog, and Facebook? If so, email us to join the grassroots media network. We're collecting the latest articles and hot media "hooks." You'll get a weekly package -- media hooks, talking points, and sample letters.
Write your own, post it or send it to a local media outlet, and email us when your work appears. Use the online Letter to the Editor tool to quickly grab talking points, choose a newspaper to send them to, and submit your letter online.
6. Help organize public events at which we'll turn in postcards and petitions to the Senator or his staff. These will likely be rallies or vigils at Senator Kerry's offices or home, or an event at which he will be appearing.