[act-ma] Budget for All Update - October 22, 2012

Cole Harrison cole at masspeaceaction.org
Mon Oct 22 17:49:35 PDT 2012

*Rep. Mike Capuano *heads up a group of community and political leaders who
will speak out for the Budget for All this *Thursday, October 25, 10am*, at
the Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester.   Five
blocks from Shawmut (T).

*Jimmy Tingle for President, *The Funniest Campaign in History, will be an
evening of laughs about serious business in support of the Budget for All
Referendum.   *Tuesday, October 30*.  We’ll watch the final Warren-Brown
debate at 7pm, and Jimmy’s show begins at 8.   Davis Square Theater, 255
Elm St., Somerville. $10 donation, $5 for students, to benefit the Budget
for All campaign.  Cash bar; complimentary refreshments.  Reserve your
ticket online at budget4allmass.org/tingle.

[image: The Budget for All Coalition Presents: Jimmy Tingle for President -
The Funniest Campaign in History]

*Rep. Jim McGovern* joined Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton, state reps
Peter Kocot and Ellen Story, two candidates, and two city councilors and spoke
out for the Budget for All <http://budget4allmass.org/node/48> at
Northampton High School on Monday, October 15.  “You are the real patriots.
We need a new activism, a budget that reflects the values of this country….
This [ referendum ] ought to stiffen the backbone of some of those
representatives. I look forward to reading in Congress the list of
communities that has passed it,” McGovern told the crowd of 125 people.

*Jo Comerford* of the National Priorities Project presented the facts and
figures underlying the Budget for All at the Northampton forum.  Check out
her slides <https://dl.dropbox.com/u/5578602/NPP%20B4A%20Slides.ppt> and
use them in your own presentations!   Another great presentation of the
issues is the article by Rebecca
the Economic Policy Institute which ran in the Huffington Post on
October 19.

*Welcome to our 21 new sponsoring organizations this week:* Massachusetts
Jobs with Justice, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Alliance to
Develop Power, Amherst League of Women Voters, Can't Be Neutral, Civil
Liberties and Public Policy Program, Climate Action NOW!, First Churches
Peace & Justice Committee (UCC, ABC), Grace Church Peace Fellowship, MoveOn
of Western Mass, National Priorities Project, Northampton Committee to Stop
Wars, Northampton Democratic City Committee, Occupy Amherst Schools in
Solidarity, Pioneer Valley Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Pioneer Valley Green
Rainbow Party, Population & Development Program of Hampshire College, the
Leverett Peace Commission, Western MA Fund Our Communities Not War, Western
Mass American Friends Service Committee, and Western Mass Jobs With
Justice.   Check out the full list at budget4allmass.org/sponsors.

State Rep. *Peter Kocot, *Mayor* David Narkewicz, *and City Councilors *Pamela
Schwartz *and* Jesse Adams *of Northampton, Reps. *Gloria Fox *and* Russell
Holmes and  City Councilor Frank Baker *of Boston,* *City Councilor and
State Rep. candidate *Aaron Vega *of Holyoke, and State Rep. candidate *Scott
Laugenour* of the southern Berkshires, endorsed the Budget for All
Referendum this week.  We thank them for their support!

We will be ordering *palm cards for election day *featuring the same design
as the yard and rally signs.To figure out how many cards your town needs,
consider the number of polling places in your town, the number of
volunteers you can recruit to cover them, and the voter turnout in a
presidential year.   Figure that 50% of the voters show up between 7-9:30
am and 5-8 pm, and that 2/3 of voters take one if offered.   *Please give
Cole or Paul your estimate by Thursday, October 25!*   There will be no
charge to the towns for palm cards, though donations in any amount are
still needed and will be gratefully accepted.

Join us at the *next B4A planning meeting*: Friday, October 26, 3:30 pm at
the AFSC office, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, between Porter and
Davis on the Red line.  Or call in, 712-451-6000, code 161409#.

Cole Harrison
Communications Director
Massachusetts Peace Action
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-2169 w
617-466-9274 m
Facebook: facebook.com/masspeaceaction
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