Ayanna Pressley to Headline Wednesday’s Dorchester Tax Day Protest


Boston, April 16 — Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who represents Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, will speak at the Dorchester Tax Day rally on Wednesday, April 17.  Pressley has aligned with other newly-elected progressive House members and advocated during her campaign for reductions in military spending. 

She will speak at the Uphams Corner Health Center (415 Columbia Road), where the rally will kick off at 4:30 before marching down Columbia Road to St. Mary’s Church (14 Cushing Ave), for a meal and additional speakers.

“Wars, Military Spending and Tax Cuts for the Rich Are Hurting Our Communities – And Destroying the Planet!” will be the theme of the annual Tax Day event.

 State Senator Jamie Eldridge of Acton, a progressive champion in the State Senate, will also speak at the event.   Other speakers will represent sponsoring organizations, including Dorchester People for Peace, Mass Senior Action, City Life/Vida Urbana, Mass Association of HUD Tenants, Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), New Democracy Coalition, Boston Teachers Union, Mass Peace Action, Veterans for Peace and other organizations, either at the Health Center or St. Mary’s Church.

“President Trump’s 2020 budget request gives 57% to the Pentagon and slashes domestic programs,” said Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace, lead organizer of the event.  “Last week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held up the Democratic budget, calling for more domestic spending — but they didn’t demand cuts in Pentagon spending. It’s time to gather and raise our voices for new Federal budget priorities!”

This month marks the anniversary of both the murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  on April 4, 1968 and of his famous anti-war  speech at Riverside Church, one year earlier.  “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered….”

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