It’s the election season, and it seems every candidate has an opinion on the Federal Budget. How do you know who to believe? Why should you care?
Our guests, Michael Kane and Molly Hannon, are activists who have devoted long hours, over the years, learning to understand the Federal Budget, what it means to them and to their communities, as well as the politics of what gets funded and why, and what citizens and activists can do to influence the process. We’ll be discussing the budget, itself – How big is it? What does it fund, and how much? Who decides what it is? – as well as budget focused activism, and, in particular, a ballot question many Massachusetts residents will get to vote on, this November: the Budget For All referendum.
Michael Kane is a lifelong activist and community organizer, currently with the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT) and National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT), the only national tenants union in the US since 1992. MAHT has helped tenants save more than 11,400 apartments in the state since 1983, one building at a time, and has spearheaded fights to save federal funding for housing from right wing attacks in Congress. MAHT joined with peace and labor groups to initiate the Budget for All referendum campaign earlier this year.
Molly Hannon is a working mother of two from Roslindale, and a long time tenant leader with the Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants, who helped lead the fight to save affordable housing at High Point Village (now Stonybrook Commons) and other at risk housing developments. Molly is a well known activist with Occupy Boston, and collected hundreds of signatures to place the Budget for All Referendum on the ballot in Roslindale, West Roxbury and other communities.
A good website for information about the Federal Budget is the National Priorities Project.
The Federal Budget: What does it mean to you? And what can you do about it?
With Michael Kane and Molly Hannon
Wednesday, 10/10/2012 7:00 pm USA Eastern Time
Occupy Boston Radio – OBR.FM
Rebroadcasts the following Monday at 10:00 am and Wednesday at 7:00 am. Will go up to the archive (and the Podcast feed) approximately 10 days from the 9/12 broadcast.