Cole Harrison

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Cole Harrison


Cole Harrisonis a Boston, Massachusetts activist. He is Executive Director, Massachusetts Peace Action.[1]

Background

Cole Harrison is on the coordinating committee of the Budget for All Massachusetts campaign, recently renamed the Massachusetts People's Budget Campaign. He is a co-founder of the People's Budget Campaign, and leads Peace Action's national Move the Money Working Group. He is a member of the planning committee of United for Justice with Peace (UJP) and coordinated the Afghanistan Working Group of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and served on its coordinating committee from 2010 to 2012. Born in Delhi, India, he has a B.A. from Harvard in applied mathematics and a M.S. from Northeastern in computer science. He worked for the Symphony Tenants Organizing Project and the Fenway News in the 1970s, participated in the Jamaica Plain Committee on Central America (JP COCA) in the 1980s, and worked as a software developer and manager at CompuServe Data Technologies, Praxis Inc., and Ask.com before joining Peace Action in 2010. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts.[2]

Education

Northeastern University.[3]

Career

Ask.com, Ask Jeeves, Direct Hit[4]

Rainbow

Frontline March 14, 1988

In 1988 Cole Harrison contributed to Frontline on the Rainbow Coalition.

Frontline

In 1989, Cole Harrison was Boston correspondent for Frontline magazine, the journal of Line of March. [5]

"Budget for All"

November 6, 2012 - by a three to one margin, Massachusetts voters "sent a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending "fiscal cliff"". The Budget for All ballot question passed by 661,033 to 222,514 votes. It calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in useful jobs; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts on taxes on high incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation. The question passed by a wide margin in every district and all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where it appeared on the ballot, ranging from most of Greater Boston to Holyoke to Norwood, Lawrence and Fall River.

Initiated by over 80 community, peace, labor, and faith groups, the Budget for All was supported by State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, and Representatives Barney Frank, Mike Capuano, Jim McGovern and Ed Markey, along with 10 State Senators, 18 State Representatives, and 15 city councilors.[6]

State Senators backing the initiative were William Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sal DiDomenico, Kenneth Donnelly, Pat Jehlen, Thomas McGee, Stanley Rosenberg, Dan Wolf.

State Representatives were Cory Atkins, Linda Dorcena Forry, Sean Garballey, Louis Kafka, Jay Kaufman, Jason Lewis, David Linsky, Denise Provost, Frank I. Smizik, Ellen Story, Timothy Toomey, Jr., Marty Walz, Alice Wolf.

Leaders of the movement were;

MAPA Officers

In 2014;

Massachusetts Peace Action board: Rosalie Anders, James Babson, Kinga Boratyn, Carol Coakley (vice chair), Shelagh Foreman, Bonnie Gorman, Burton Glass, So Yeon Jeong, Jeff Klein, John Maher, Eva Moseley, Guntram Mueler (chair), Prasannan Parthasarathi, John Ratliff, Pat Salomon, Dan Solomon. Ed Fund board: Christie Dennis, Eva Moseley, Gary Goldstein, Rosalie Anders (chair), Shelagh Foreman. Staff: Cole Harrison, executive director; Carol Coakley, ofice cordinator; Alina Michelewicz, campus organizer. Interns: Richard Reichman, Isabel Yu, Igor Bolshakov.[8]

Jobs with Justice steering committee

Rand Wilson February 27, 2014:

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Steering Committee with huge turn out from labor, community and faith-based organizations — with Dick Bower, Edwin Argueta, Paul Garver, Russ Davis, Cole Harrison, Allyson Every, Lily Huang, Paul Drake, Natalia Alejandra, Tomas Gonzalez, John Doherty, Armando Zamora, Lisa Clauson, Alex Zwicker Galimberti and Ture Richard Turnbull at Jobs with Justice.

CCDS

The National Coordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism met t at its quarterly meeting September 28th 2014, and took stock of the current worldwide crises brought on by U.S. imperialism and the growing repression and protests at home.

Cole Harrison (MA) attended the NYC Climate Change march as part of the Peace contingent which held a pre-march rally. The peace movement did its part with a strong turnout and participation, said Harrison.[9]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Cole Harrison.[10]

DSA Boston Public Facebook Group

Members of Boston Democratic Socialists of America Public Facebook Group, in January 2017 included Cole Harrison.[11]

Our Revolution - Mass public Facebook group

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As of July 26, 2017;[12]

Admins

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