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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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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Bring the Troops Home; No War with Iran; No CMRR Bomb Factory

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square (corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets) • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

11 years after the US attack on Afghanistan, 73,000 US troops remain there.  Bring the troops home now - not in 2024 as the Administration proposes.

Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel is again beating the drums for a war with Iran. Tell Senator Kerry that we can't afford another Middle East War!

The Senate has yet to vote on the $5.8 billion plan for a new nuclear bomb factory, called the CMRR, in New Mexico.   Tell Sen. Kerry to vote no.

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Protest against NATO & the G8

When: Sunday, May 20, 2012, 9:00 am
Where: Petrillo Bandshell • 235 South Columbus Drive • Chicago

President Obama calls for continued war in Afghanistan through 2014 and beyond

Join the Protest against NATO & the G8 in Chicago on May 20  

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Counter-Summit: Say No to NATO!

Say No to NATO

There will be more than 50 heads of state participating in the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21.

The NATO Summit's agenda aims to:

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Drones: the New Frontier of Warfare and Spying

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting Center • 5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle St. • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge
Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Bruce Gagnon
Nancy Murray – American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Nancy Murray
Matthew Hoey – Military Space Transparency Project Matthew Hoey

How should we Respond?

U.S. use of drones for warfare and spying has become routine. The use of drones has increased dramatically under the Obama administration. Pentagon funding for drones is scheduled to increase by up to 60 percent while other programs are being cut. Drones have been used for targeted killings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. One in three U.S. warplanes are now drone piloted. Drones have also been used for surveillance in the U.S.

Kept under a cloak of secrecy, this new tool for international warfare and domestic surveillance, has far-reaching legal, financial and social ramifications. Learn more about this new instrument of war and plan together about how we can respond.

  • Why are drones the US military's weapon of choice for the future?
  • Are drones invulnerable to budget cuts?
  • Can drone warfare be conducted without the consent of Congress?
  • How can drones be used to spy on all Americans?
  • Is drone warfare legal?

Sponsors:

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Boston Branch (617-244-8054)

United for Justice with Peace (617-383-4857)

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston

NOTE: location details below

Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

Register Online Now!

Conference Schedule    Conference Workshops    Post-Conference Rally

Noam Chomsky

Keynote speaker 
 
Noam Chomsky

The Arab Spring: 
Significance and Prospects

The Conference

Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP. The US/NATO bombing of Libya is the latest in the series of wars. Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems are getting worse. Few peace and justice activists can remember a more troubling time.

How did we get here and how can we change things?

What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?

How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic and racial justice movements? 

We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.

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Malalai Joya, Noam Chomsky Denounce US Occupation of Afghanistan

Noam Chomsky and Malalai Joya
Noam Chomsky and Malalai Joya at Memorial Church
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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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Malalai Joya - No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: Suffolk University • 120 Tremont St • Law School Function Room • Boston

This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

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Malalai Joya - No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Monday, October 7, 2013, 4:00 pm
Where: Wellesley College • Tishman Commons, Lulu Wang Campus Center • Wellesley

This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

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Malalai Joya - No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Monday, October 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
Where: UMass Boston • • Campus Center, Ballroom C, 3rd flr • Boston

 This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

 

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Malalai Joya - No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Monday, October 7, 2013, 9:00 am
Where: Tufts University • Barnum 104 • • Medford

 This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

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Malalai Joya and Noam Chomsky: No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: First Parish Unitarian-Universalist • 3 Church St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Joya - Chomsky

This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

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Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard University - Science Center B • 1 Oxford St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Jeremy Scahill, Amy Goodman, and Noam Chomsky

Please join us for a discussion of Jeremy Scahill’s important new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 23, 2013).

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