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Peace & Economic Security Program - August 2013 Newsletter

AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program, based in Cambridge, has been busy building social and political movements across a wide range of issues. Our staff – Joseph Gerson, Paul Shannon, and Stephen G. Cary Fellow Sofia Wolman – work as a team to move our nation to prioritize human needs over military-industrial complex wars and profits.  See the attached document for an update on our staff's work to change policy and build the movement for peace and justice in Boston and beyond.

Petitioners Needed This Week to Put the Budget for All Referendum on the Ballot in Your Town!

This is a general appeal for 2 hours of your time this weekend or next week from the American Friends Service Committee, Mass. Peace Action, the Right to the City Civic Action Alliance and 20 other peace, labor and community groups – the sponsors of the statewide “Budget for All” statewide referendum campaign (www.Budget4AllMass.org). 

Join Us in Collecting Signatures for the Budget for All Referendum

A coalition of community, labor, and peace groups are organizing to put a public policy question on the November ballot across Massachusetts. We need to collect 200 signatures of registered voters in each State Rep district by July 3. Sign up here to help gather signatures in your town to put the Referendum on the ballot!

The wording of the Budget for All Referendum question will be:

Budget for All Massachusetts Referendum

The Afghanistan war grinds on, the Pentagon budget keeps growing, corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower taxes than their secretaries, Social Security and other benefits are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs. Instead of addressing these problems, the House of Representatives showed that it is still gripped by deficit fever when it passed the draconian Ryan budget, and gave only 78 votes to the alternative presented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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