Maine Green Independent Party co-sponsors Bring Our War $$ Home campaign

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CONTACT:
Bruce Gagnon (207) 443-9502
Lisa Savage (207) 399-7623
Mark Roman (207) 643-2356

Augusta, March 9 – Governor LePage and legislative leaders were invited to meet with representatives of Maine’s Bring Our War $$ Home campaign via letters sent by certified mail in February. As no responses have been received, a second copy of the letter will go out this week.

The meetings were requested in preparation for a news conference on April 4 at 11am in the Hall of Flags.

The text of the letters is as follows:

Dear Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President, and House Floor Majority Leader:

On behalf of the Bring Our War $$ Home coalition in Maine, I am writing to request a meeting with you in order to discuss our urgent concerns about the fiscal situation of our state.

As your leadership threatens massive cuts to essential services and programs for the neediest in our state, we work to bring pressure to cut war spending as a key alternative to destroying social progress.

As of today Maine taxpayers have paid $3.4 billion since 2001 as our share of spending on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (source: nationalpriorities.org). Imagine how those dollars could have been used to fund education, health care, or infrastructure maintenance in our state. We call upon all elected officials in Maine – local, state, and federal – to join us in speaking out now, calling upon President Obama and Congress to make the connection between wasteful spending abroad, and budget cuts at home.

We request a meeting with you at your earliest convenience to discuss these urgent matters. This request is made by me on behalf of the BOW$H coalition co-sponsors listed below.

Sincerely,
Lisa Savage
CODEPINK Maine Local Coordinator
207-643-2356

Co-sponsors: Americans Who Tell the Truth, CODEPINK Maine, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, The Kennebunks Peace Department, Maine Green Independent Party, Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center, Maine Veterans for Peace, Midcoast Peace & Justice, Military Families Speak Out – Maine Chapter, Pax Christi Maine, Peace Action Maine, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, PeaceWorks, Peninsula Peace and Justice (Blue Hill), Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Union of Maine Visual Artists, and Waterville Area Bridges for Peace & Justice.

For more information: www.bringourwardollarshome.org.

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  2. paulie Post author

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    Contact: Bruce Gagnon 443-9502

    Lisa Savage 399-7623

    The Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home will hold a news conference and rally inside the Hall of Flags at the capital in Augusta on Monday, April 4 at 11:00 am. The event will be held on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

    A Draw-in will follow the rally. Members of the Union of Maine Visual Artists will be on hand working with the public to envision spending on social needs rather than war and destruction, and this event will continue through the afternoon.

    “For the past two years the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home has been working across the state to increase debate and consciousness about the detrimental effects of war spending. There will be no economic recovery in the U.S. as long as we continue to waste massive amounts of money on these quagmires. Our goal is to get the public and Maine’s elected officials to talk about war spending as they face budget chaos in our communities,” said Bruce Gagnon from Maine Veterans for Peace – one of 18 organizations in Maine that are part of the campaign.

    The National Priorities Project

    reports that the total debt of all 50 state governments is now $130 billion. The U.S. will spend $170 billion on our wars in Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan this year. Maine’s share of war spending since 2001 has been about $3.4 billion.

    According to public school teacher and CodePink Maine Coordinator Lisa Savage, “Dr. King was correct and disturbingly prescient when he said, ‘A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.’ I would add that such a society is also approaching democratic death, as the government loses legitimacy with the governed. Hard-working Maine families continue to slip into poverty and lose their homes while the government squanders our tax dollars maintaining nearly a thousand military bases around the globe. Maine’s state budget shortfall could be solved if these funds were kept at home in Maine.”

    In his famous Vietnam War speech on April 4, 1967 Martin Luther King said, “Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”

    The Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign will purchase full-page newspaper ads in The Forecaster, Capital Weekly, and The Maine Edge before the April 4 event in Augusta. In addition the campaign will buy radio spots across the state in order to take this message out to a larger audience.

    See the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign web site at: http://www.bringourwardollarshome.org/index.html

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