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Military budget/25% solution

The Decline of US Global Power with Alfred W. McCoy

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Special Sunday Program. There will be no 11 am service.

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The Military-Industrial Complex Revisited: the Trump Administration and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

When: Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge

Drop the MIC ! (military-industrial complex)

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church • 633 Centre Street • Jamaica Plain

DRIOP THE MIC (Military Industrial Complex) is a community conversation
about the impact of militarism on our community, our country and the rest
of the world.

Speakers:  Maggie Martin and Matt Howard of Iraq Veterans Against
the War, Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter Boston  and Mike
Prokosh of Dorchester People for Peace will be speaking and leading the
conversation. 

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Michael Dukakis: Subways or Submarines? Changing our Nation’s Priorities from Endless War to Prosperity

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Christ Church • Zero Garden Street • Harvard T • Cambridge

Building Peace and Justice– Now More than Ever: Massachusetts Peace Action 2016 Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Jewett Auditorium • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Hearing on the Budget for All Resolution!

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston

Increasing Federal and State Investment in Public Transit

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: SEIU Local 32BJ/ District 615 • 26 West St, 2nd Floor • Park St T • Boston

Public Transit is a Public Good that Deserves and Requires Public Funding

RegisterThe Budget for All Coalition invites you to a half-day forum

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Building Sustainable Security

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall • 1585 Massachusetts Ave. • Cambridge

A One-Day Conference 

Confirmed Speakers

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Noam Chomsky
MIT Institute Professor, author, Because We Say So

Michael McPhearson

Michael McPhearson
Executive Director, Veterans For Peace

Harris Gruman

Harris Gruman
Co-Chair, RaiseUp Massachusetts; SEIU

Carl Williams

Carl Williams
American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

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Cassandra Bensahih
Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)

Barbara Madeloni

Barbara Madeloni
President, Masachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

Chung-Wha Hong

Chung-Wha Hong
Executive Director
Grassroots International

Susan Redlich

Susan Redlich
350 Massachusetts divestment core team

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Jamie Eldridge
State Senator

Will Hopkins

Will Hopkins
New Hampshire Peace Action

In the name of national security, our coun­try's policies  are caus­ing multiple, sys­temic cri­ses.  These include cli­mate ca­tas­trophe, ex­treme inequality, con­stant wars, deep-seated racism, mass incar­ceration, and a militarized cul­ture.

Only large social movements can remove these barriers to genuine security and construct a society based on Sustainable Security.

This conference will explore three pillars of sustainable national and world security:

  • A fairly-shared global prosperity based on economic, social, and racial justice
  • Emergency action to address climate change and build a new, fossil-fuel-free energy system
  • A Foreign Policy for All based on even-handed diplomacy, ending our disastrous military interventions, abolition of nuclear weapons, and reclaiming war resources for the urgent needs that face our world

BPT register Now

Join Us! in this effort to strategize, collaborate and mobilize for effective action together.  

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There is Hope for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Grace Church • 76 Eldridge Street • Newton Corner • Newton
Ellen Thomas maintained a vigil for global nuclear disarmament for 18 years in front of the White House. She is currently co-chair of the WILPF national Disarmament Committee.
            
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Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming: Greater Boston Organizing Meeting

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • across from Park Street T • Boston

Organizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21


Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming!

Time is urgent -- people are marching

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Rally: No to a Bad "Grand Bargain"

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Highway Robbery - Yesterday & TodayJoin us as we deliver a letter to Senators Kerry and Brown to protest a bad "grand bargain".  Tell us in advance that you'll be there -- Register to attend!

President Obama is bargaining with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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The "Grand Bargain" is a Turkey!

When: Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Grand TurkeyJoin us at a rally! Bring appropriate props and costumes (turkeys, billionaire costumes) -- and tell us in advance that you'll be there! Register to attend!

President Obama wants to bargain with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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Budget for All Lobby Day #2

When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Massachusetts State House - room 511 • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston

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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