Emailed to IPR:
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.
CODEPINK Maine Local Coordinator
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.