"The Campaign to Vote 'Yes' for the 'Budget for All' Ballot Question"
The presidential election campaign this fall is a time when many Americans are talking politics, open to discussion and new ideas. Yet the two major national parties limit the debate and many proposals for real solutions are "off the table." A dynamic coalition of peace, labor, housing and community activists came together to address this problem. Working countless volunteer hours to gather signatures, the coalition has put the Budget for All policy referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. A "yes" vote advises our representatives to support jobs and social security, fair taxation, ending the Afghanistan War and cutting the military budget. Many people were surprised and pleased when they signed the petition. Now we need to engage the voters with a real discussion of how to put the country on the right track. This is our chance to send a clear message to Congress, the president and the nation about what the people of Massachusetts really want. We need an overwhelming "yes" vote!
UJP groups were key in initiating and gathering signatures for Budget for All. The coalition collected over 24,000 signatures and the referendum will appear on the ballot in 8 senatorial districts and 24 state representative districts. This is more then any other prior nonbinding question. Now we will gather with coalition partners to make a plan of action to publicize the referendum and get out the vote! We need people to talk to their friends, meet and table in the community, put articles in the local press, and leaflet T-stations. What are your creative plans? Share them with all of us.
Meet to plan the campaign at
American Friends Service Committee
Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm.
2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Text of the Budget for All referendum: budget4allmass.org