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Free film screening: "Let's Make Money"

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Broadway & Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge

"These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people." ~Abraham Lincoln

let's make moneyLet's Make Money

[see trailer]

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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

Fight for $15 - Rally and Hearing

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:00 am to 3:15 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon Street • Meet in Room 437 • Boston

Another chance to make labor history in Massachusetts

Fight for $15 Rally & Hearing

Tuesday, October 13

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Boston

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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


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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Better Conversations About Big Ideas: Modelling a More Democratic Community Planning Process

When: Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Freedom House • 5 Crawford St. • Dorchester
Better Conversations About Big Ideas: Modelling a More Democratic Community Planning Process
Monday, September 14th, from 6-9PM
Freedom House, 5 Crawford Street, Dorchester
Food Will Be Served
*Help to develop tools that allow community members to enter conversations of civic import early, easily and effectively
*Work to refine processes that ensure community voices are valued and incorporated into decision-making
*Participate in a decision-making p
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Join the Petition Campaign for a Massachusetts Fair Share Tax!

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Central Square Library • 45 Pearl St • Central T • Cambridge

Massachusetts Peace Action together with the rest of the Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition is working to 

Fund Critical needs in Education and Transportation by putting a Fair Share Millionaire’s Tax on the Ballot!

Raise up logoMassachusetts Peace Action is joining close to 100 other community organizations engaged in the struggle for economic and social justice.  Please help us as part of Raise Up Massachusetts put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to tax those who earn over $1 million a year — the money to be used to support critical Education and Transportation needs in the Commonwealth!

Join the Massachusetts Peace Action team supporting  Raise Up Massachusetts!

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Million People's March Against Policy Brutality, Racial Injustice and Economic Inequality

When: Saturday, July 25, 2015, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Lincoln Monument • West Market St and Springfield Ave • Newark

The MILLION PEOPLE’S MARCH Against Police Brutality, Racial Injustice, And Economic Inequality, happens Saturday, JULY 25, 2015,12 Noon, at the Lincoln Monument, near intersection of West Market Street & Springfield Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.

The march is sponsored by People’s Organization For Progress (POP), and endorsed by community, labor, student, and progressive organizations.  

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The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City

When: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Freedom House • 5 Crawford St. • Dorchester

The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City

  • Share your perspective about what you think has been missing from the public conversation about a potential Boston Olympics. 
  • Hear about an opportunity to engage in community-based research about the Boston bid in partnership with researchers, community groups, and residents. 
  • Learn about how community groups in other cities have organized to influence the Olympic bid process.  
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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

International Workers' Day March and Rally

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Revere, Everett, Chelsea, East Boston

Join community members, activists, labor rights organizations and friends
as we commemorate International Workers Day of Rights on May 1st. 

REVERE Gather @ 3:00 PM Revere City Hall

EVERETT Gather @ 3:00 PM Everett City Hall

CHELSEA Gather @ 4:00 PM Chelsea City Hall

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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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