Progressive Newton was in attendance on Saturday as activists and
organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston for a Tax
Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.
The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”
The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and
faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a
tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the
consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor
militarism and devalue social and societal needs.
Protesters began the day outside Bank of America, denouncing it for
paying no federal taxes in 2013, a practice made possible by loopholes
carved out in tax law for companies like Bank of America, General
Electric, and Exxon Mobil, which are among the largest and most
profitable companies in the world. The crowd was vibrant and with
banners and posters flying high drew the attention of hundreds of
passersby and elicited more than a few honks and waves from members of
In the afternoon, the group marched to a nearby church and held a
forum to hear from community and political leaders about how we got to
this point and what we can do about it. Speakers ranged from Senator
Elizabeth Warren (by video) to Grace Ross from the National Alliance
of HUD Tenants to the venerable civil rights activist and former state
representative Mel King to freshman Congresswoman Katherine Clark. A
framework for action included a diverse set of initiatives, including
immediate measures like collecting signatures for the Raise Up
Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time ballot initiatives, as
championed by Harris Gruman of the SEIU’s State Political Director, to medium-term
measures like lobbying the six Massachusetts congressmen who voted NO
to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget last week,
as championed by Michael Kane, to more long-term initiatives like
proposals to wipe out childhood poverty in Massachusetts, as
championed by gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick.
Progressive Newton is no stranger to the Raise Up Massachusetts ballot
initiatives, as it helped to collect thousands of signatures in the
first round of petitioning last fall. The day ended with thanks from
the organizers, and the crowd disbursed with a renewed vision for the
future of our society and an enriched understanding of the
trickle-down consequences of a budget that favors the few.
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