We are writing to invite you to an important meeting to
discuss the "sequestration"
and "fiscal cliff" issues coming up in January. This is another chapter is the
ongoing deterioration of the federal government's commitment to using federal
tax dollars to support the basic human needs of our people. It is time to
"take back our government" by insuring the safety and security of all
who live here, rather than emphasizing the needs of corporations and an
We will meet on Saturday,
December 15 from noon until 3:30 pm at the Mediation and
Facilitation Resources building, 11 King St., Augusta, Maine (off State St. at corner
with Pat's Pizza, a few blocks south of the State Capitol). Snow date
will be same time on December 16.
Please bring food to share (or for yourself) while we have
lunch and get to know each other between noon-1 PM. The planning meeting will
follow. If you are unsure of the location or directions, contact Larry
Dansinger at (207) 525-7776.
Reports are already
surfacing that President Obama will move quickly to sign a deal with the
Republicans in Congress to cut Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid in return for
some tax increases on the rich.
On Election Day the Budget
question won overwhelmingly in all 91 cities and towns across
Massachusetts in which it was on the ballot, averaging a 75% yes vote, 25% no
-- even passing in towns carried by Scott Brown. This ballot question
called for an end to social program cuts, an end to costly wars ($8 billion a
month in Afghanistan), and for increased taxes on the rich.
Clearly the public is seeing these important
We are not proposing to start a new group. We do think though that by bringing together
people who have not worked together in the past we can all be stronger than we
are now. Our new senator Angus King
will play a key role in these budget negotiations and we should be developing a
coordinated campaign to mobilize the public so that Congress and President
Obama hear from the people in Maine soon.
The goal of the
meeting will be to listen to one another and discuss strategy options to
protect social progress from becoming the victim of the debt crisis in
Washington. By building and expanding our
networks we can resist budget cuts to social programs and transfer any cuts to
the bloated military.
We hope that your organization will be able to send one or
more representatives to this strategy and action meeting. We will be sharing this invitation with
labor, religious, peace, social justice, women’s, environmental groups, and
more. Please feel free to pass this
letter on to others who you think might be interested.
The time has come for us to connect the dots to survive and
bring greater harmony and equality to our country. The only way we will be able
to effectively deal with the massive corporate money now being poured into
Washington is to get beyond our traditional single issue organizing and move
toward a more cooperative and collaborative model.
We look forward to seeing you on December 15.
For peace and
environmental and social justice,
- Peggy Akers (Nurse practitioner)
- Professor Doug Allen, University of Maine (Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Maine Peace Action Committee)
- Rev. Bill Bliss (Neighborhood Faith Community, United Church of Christ, Bath)
- Michael Brennan (Mayor of Portland)
- Read Brugger (Team 350 Maine)
- Chris Buchanan (Environmental activist)
- Richard Clement (Maine Veterans for Peace)
- Kenny Cole (Maine visual artist)
- Larry Dansinger (ROSC)
- Jacqui Deveneau (Maine Greens)
- Denise Dreher (Pax Christi Maine)
- Bruce Gagnon (Global Network & Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign)
- Betsy Garrold/Bob St. Peter (Food for Maine's Future)
- Judy Garvey/Jim Bergin (Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition)
- The Rev. Carol L. Huntington (Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Maine & Social Worker)
- Jennifer Lunden (Social worker)
- Jessica Moore (Peace Action Maine)
- Rosalie Tyler Paul (American Friends Service Committee, Maine)
- Ilze Petersons (Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine)
- Jason Rawn (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)
- John Rensenbrink (Green Horizon Magazine & Maine Green Independent Party)
- Mike Reynolds (AbilityMaine)
- Richard Rhames (Biddeford City Councilor)
- Judy Robbins (Peninsula Peace and Justice)
- Lisa Savage (CodePink & Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign)
- Robert Shetterly (Americans Who Tell the Truth)
- Mary Beth Sullivan (Social worker)
- Rev. Mark D. Wilson (Bath, Maine)
- Donna Yellen (Social worker)
* Groups are listed for identification purposes only