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Boston Rallies to Redirect Budget Cuts from Human Needs to the Military Budget

At 11 AM today, a large coalition of groups assembles outside Boston’s North Station in a rally for the reprioritization of the budget from warfare to human needs. Participating groups include:

  • Budget for All Coalition
  • Mass. AFL-CIO
  • Mass. Jobs with Justice
  • Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Mass. Peace Action
  • Disability Policy Consortium
  • Sierra Club – Boston; Boston Workers Alliance
  • ACTUP/Boston
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Homes for Families
  • Dorchester People for Peace
  • United for Justice with Peace
  • Boston Coalition to Fund Our Communities-Cut Military Spending 25%
  • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
  • Human Rights City Boston & Beyond
  • Survivors Inc.
  • SEIU Local 509 Lavender Caucus
  • Brookline PAX
  • FGE Locals 3258 and 1164/AFL-CIO

The call of these organizations is clear:

1. Prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;

2. Create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;

3. Provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and

4. Redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.

Tomorrow, we’ll look and see whether this positive agitation for a more humane world has been covered by local media, or whether more negative activities are rewarded with attention. But if you’re one of the people living in the Boston metro area today, you can sidestep the media and make your own choice. While the media focuses on doom and gloom, there are a number of people out there actively organizing for their vision of a better world, right now, today. Will you join them?

1 comment to Boston Rallies to Redirect Budget Cuts from Human Needs to the Military Budget

  • Tom

    Notice that all of our so-called “security” didn’t prevent this current tragedy, the CO theater shooting, Sandy Hook, 9-11, the OK bombing, spying, insider trading, bank fraud, the collapse of our infrastructure, the latest bird flu, environmental destruction, pollution of our air, water and land, the death of trees everywhere, animal die-offs, or much of anything else including computer attacks – but it takes an awful lot of money away from other endeavors and continues to make enemies to keep itself in business. We’ll see just how much they’re needed when the lights go out for good one of these days.

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