Moral Budget Forum - Sep 27, 2019 at MIT


A Moral Budget for Massachusetts


September 27, 2019


MIT, Room 3-133

77 Mass Ave.

Cambridge MA 02139



Free and open to the Public but seating is limited. Please Pre-register to attend.

2: 05 pm: Welcome: Patricia Weinmann (MIT Radius)

2:10 pm: The Poor Peoples Campaign’s Moral Budget for the Nation-  Shailly Gupta Barnes (National PPC & Kairos Center)

2:20 PM Panel 1: Developing a Moral Budget for Massachusetts

Chair: Savina Martin (Mass Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival)

-  Increasing the Mass State Budget – State Representative Mike Connolly

-  The Congressional Progresive Caucus People’s Budget in Mass – Andrea Burns (Our Revolution)

-  Producing a Moral Budget for Massachusetts- Jonathan King (Mass Peace Action)

- Discussion

3:00 pm Panel 2: Housing, Transit, Infrastructure and Energy.

 Chair: Caesar McDowell (MIT Urban Studies)

-  Affordable Housing – Lee Farris(Cambridge Residents Alliance)

-  Public Transit – State Rep Denise Provost (Somerville)

-  Sustainable energy – Quinton Zondervan (Cambridge City Councilor)

-  Discussion

3:45 pm Coffee Break

4:00 pm Panel 3: Education and health

Chair: Ruth Rodriguez Fay (Save Our Schools, Worcester)

-  Child care and Pre-K Education – Dr. Denisha Jones (Defending the Early Years)

-  K-12 Education – Lisa Guisbond (Citizens for Public Schools)

-  Higher Education: Fund Our Future – Merrie Najimy (Mass Teachers Assn. President)

-  Basic and Biomedical Research – Prof. Ishara Mills-Henry (Framingham State)

-  Public Health Needs –  John Ratliff (Mass Senior Action)

-  Discussion

4:45 pm Panel 4: Cutting the Pentagon Budget 

 Chair: Cole Harrison (Mass Peace Action)

-  Investing in Veteran’s needs – Dan Luker (Veterans for Peace)

-  Toward a Sustainable Defense budget - Lindsay Koshgarian (Institute for Policy Studies)

-  Cutting Raytheon Weapons for Saudi Arabia - Paul Shannon (AFSC)

-  Cancelling New Nuclear Weapons – Dr. Kea Van der Ziel (Greater Boston PSR)

-  Discussion

5:30: Next steps

- Methodology for a state Moral Budget – Jelena Mitić Elliott (Institute for People’s Engagement) and Lindsay Koshgarian (IPC)

- Constitution of Publications Committee -Panelists

5:45: Benediction - Rev. Leslie Sterling (St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church)           

(All panels – 6-8 minute talks, then general discussion) 

Program committee: Jonathan King, Savina Martin, Jelena Mitić Elliott, Brian Garvey, Patricia Weinmann.

Co-Sponsors: Mass Poor Peoples Campaign; MIT Radius; Institute for People’s Engagement; Mass Peace Action.

Additional support from the Amy S. Rugel Foundation.