Help the Budget for All reach 1 million voters!
The Budget for All referendum coalition of over 30 peace, community, and labor organizations, in which UJP plays an active part, is pleased to announce that we have collected enough signatures to put the question on the ballot in 6 state Senate districts and 17 state House districts.
That will allow some 769,000 Massachusetts voters to say yes or no on the question on November 6! Peace activists across the state have played a huge part in that success.
The Budget for All sends a message to Washington to bring the troops home from Afghanistan now, cut military spending, preserve benefits and services ordinary people depend on, create jobs, and tax those who can afford it. The Congressional Progressive Caucus' Budget for All got 78 votes in March, including those of 5 of Massachusetts' 10 members of the House of Representatives. But 5 of our Congress members voted against it. Can we mobilize a strong enough coalition to turn those 5 votes around?
With 4 days to go until the deadline this coming Tuesday, we have 2 more Senate districts and 11 more House districts hanging on the brink. With a final push we can complete signature gathering for those districts, too -- allowing an additional 356,000 Massachusetts voters to consider the question, and bringing the total number of votes that will be cast on it past the 1 million mark. This message will tell you how we can do it -- with your help!
Can you give two hours between Saturday and Tuesday morning to help? It's easy to collect signatures! We'll suggest where to go for maximum impact, bring materials to you, and explain how to do it. It's good for each of us to get out on the streets and talk to voters about our issues.
For Boston area volunteers, the first key district is Sen. DiDomenico's district. It covers much of Cambridge (Harvard, Central, and Inman Square area) as well as Chelsea, Everett, Charlestown, and the part of Allston-Brighton north of the Mass Pike and North Beacon Street. The Cambridge volunteer schedule for this district is at budget4allmass.org/camb-sch -- please pick a time and place that works for you, then contact Cole Harrison at Mass Peace Action (617-466-9274, email@example.com).
The second Boston area district where help is urgently needed is Sen. Brownsberger's district. It covers Allston-Brighton below the Pike and North Beacon, Back Bay, Fenway, the Prudential area, Watertown, and Belmont. To help out, contact Michael Kane at Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants (617-233-1885, firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are also sending carpools from Boston/Cambridge to suburban areas where help is needed -- especially on Saturday and Monday. To join a carpool, contact Paul Shannon of American Friends Service Committee (617 623 5288, email@example.com).
Let's pull together and push the Budget for All over the 1 million mark!
If you are holding completed petitions, bring them in as soon as you possibly can -- but in any case by Tuesday at 3pm!
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