Tell Congress: We Need a People's Budget! 

A federal budget crisis is just around the corner. The continuing resolution that funds the federal government expires on Dec. 11. Congress must vote before then to keep the government open, and when it does, we need to tell it to stop draconian "Sequester" budget cuts to critical domestic programs and to oppose new increases in the Pentagon budget.

In response, a coalition of national organizations has formed a People’s Budget Campaign to say “No” to austerity and “Yes” to the “Peoples Budget”, as proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The Campaign calls for local organizations to sponsor actions in at least 20 cities. We say: End the Sequester, No More Cuts, Tax the 1%, Invest in Jobs, Redirect Pentagon Spending to People’s Needs!

Between December 4 and 11, join the People's Budget Campaign as we gather at congressional offices and public places across the country to rally for a federal budget that supports our lives rather than undermining them.

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Organize in December to Stop "Sequester" Cuts!

Demand a People’s Budget!

A federal budget crisis is just around the corner. Deep "sequester" cuts to domestic programs kick in again on December 11, when temporary spending legislation ends.   Congress and the President must adopt a budget by December 11 to avoid a government shutdown. 

President Obama has vowed to veto any appropriations bills that do not lift sequester "caps" imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act. Meanwhile, the US will reach its “debt ceiling” limit in November. Congress must raise the limit to prevent a US default, which would likely trigger a global financial crisis. Forces in Congress are already threatening another shutdown or a first-ever default unless deeper cuts are made to programs like Social Security, Medicare and health care for women and families. In 2013, they shut the government down in a failed attempt to repeal Obamacare; this time, it’s Planned Parenthood.

In response, a coalition of national organizations has formed a People’s Budget Campaign to say "No" to austerity and "Yes" to a Peoples Budget, as proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Campaign calls for local organizations to sponsor actions in at least 20 cities. We say: no more cuts, tax the 1%, invest in jobs, redirect pentagon spending to people’s needs! We call on local affiliates of national networks to take the lead in their cities, and to reach out to allies from community, labor and peace organizations for local actions.  

Timing

We call for actions on or about December 4, when the budget battle between Obama and Congress will likely come to a head. You can pick a date within a week of December 4, since local conditions vary.

Message

The basic message is to oppose cuts and austerity. Support a Peoples Budget and prosperity for the U.S. The holiday season offers numerous opportunities for thematic handles (Grinch, Scrooge, etc) as well as sympathetic stories and speakers from constituencies affected by cuts. Other themes for primary targets could play on the "Shut Down" angle.

Local groups can design actions within the parameters of the national call that are appropriate for their communities. Organizers should tailor the tone and content based on specific conditions (for example, some secondary targets may oppose positions such as a government shutdown, so they could be offered an opportunity to speak out in a friendly forum and build relationships with local Peoples Budget coalitions).

Coordination

Click here to host an event. Please feel free to reach out to us to help coordinate actions and learn more about current actions planned. A national press release and list of local actions, with links to local contacts, will be distributed in early December. The Campaign will develop an Organizing Kit with sample materials to share.