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This Tax Day: Put People & Planet Over Profits
Mon May 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Pressing for our budget priorities amid pandemic, economic and climate crises and new Cold Wars
As we move into the post-pandemic, Biden era, it’s time to change what we buy with our tax dollars. The pandemic and the resulting economic crisis illuminated glaring inequalities and the human costs of budget priorities that enrich the wealthy and left people unable to protect their health, hungry and homeless, while the military-industrial complex drowns in super-profits and paves the way for new and dangerous Cold Wars. Trillions have been spent chasing demons abroad and “bad hombres” at our borders, but Covid-19 bring us to our knees. This Tax Day, stand with us and demand that your tax dollars be spent on the PEOPLE and on the PLANET, and not on the profits of corporations and wealthy individuals.
Read an article by Paul Shannon with more information.
- Steve Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
- State Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven
- State Rep. Mike Connolly
- Rev. Savina Martin, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign
- Vaughn Goodwin, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign; Organizer, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
- Erik Edstrom, Stoughton-born Afghanistan combat veteran and author of “Un-American: A Soldier’s Reckoning of our Longest War”
- Harris Gruman, Executive Director, Massachusetts SEIU State Council
- Nick Rabb, Sunrise Boston
- Mary Regan, New England War Tax Resistance
- Alan Palm, Organizing Director, 350 Mass/ Better Future Project
- Ronda Jackson or Michael Kane, Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants
- Bruce Taub, Our Revolution Massachusetts
- Merrie Najimy, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
- Erik Berg, Executive Vice President, Boston Teachers Union
- Representative, Boston May Day Coalition
- Joseph Gerson, CPDCS
- Brian Garvey, Mass. Peace Action, MC
- and featuring Jenny Bonham-Carter on guitar
Rally participants must be masked and observe social distancing.
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan, with the child tax credit, unemployment, child and family care provisions, is bringing relief and hope to millions of Americans. But now the work begins to impact Congress debates over the national budget paid for by our taxes.
- Make the Rescue Plan’s safety net provisions permanent
- Fund housing, healthcare for all, and education – forgive college loans
- Pass the job creating, GREEN infrastructure bill
- Tax the 1% and big corporations; create a wealth tax so everyone pays their fair share
- Repeal the Trump $2 trillion tax cuts
- Cut the Pentagon’s gargantuan budget to pay for what we need
- Defund new nuclear weapons, cut F-35 and B-1 bomber
Don’t live near Boston? We encourage you to organize Tax Day actions in your cities and towns, and will publicize them to the best of our ability if you let us know about them. We’ve already heard about events in Greenfield, Walpole, Maine and New York City. The Global Day of Action Against Military Spending campaign has a map listing various events, as does the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee.
Organized by: Massachusetts Peace Action, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, New England War Tax Resistance, American Friends Service Committee – Northeast Region, 350 Massachusetts, Boston May Day Coalition, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Veterans for Peace / Smedley Butler Brigade, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, Cambridge Residents Alliance, Massachusetts Teachers Association (list in formation).
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