FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday August 30, 2020
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Today, independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate in Maine Lisa Savage released the following statement:
“Last night, in Portland, Oregon, a clash between a Trump-supporting motorcade shooting paintballs and pepper-spray from moving vehicles and racial-justice-motivated protestors in the streets resulted in a fatal shooting, with the assailant still at large. Earlier this week, a 17-year-old illegally armed with a rifle engaged with people in the streets to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, murdering two and injuring another.
“It is clear that both of these fatal altercations were fueled by the violent, fearmongering, and white supremacist rhetoric coming from speakers at the Republican National Convention, even our own president in our own White House. Repeatedly, we heard that God-fearing ‘suburban’ voters must defend our country from a bogeyman-like ‘antifa’ and a series of dog whistles referring to Black, indigenous, and people of color.
“All of this while pretending that the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us!
“This is unacceptable. It is stoking violence in our streets and empowering would-be vigilantes and -- far worse -- white nationalists and conspiracy theorists who have been preparing for and encouraging civil war. And that is not hyperbole.
“It is shameful that Senator Susan Collins, purportedly one of our country’s most powerful senators after 24 years in office, has enabled all of it. While she has had many opportunities to check President Trump’s power, she has refused every one of them. Thanks to Senator Collins, we have an emboldened autocrat in our White House, openly crowing about his ability to flout the law and lending encouragement to everyone from armed militia members to devotees of the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory.
“Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress sits at home. Doing nothing.
“The actions we must take as a nation are urgent:
- The Department of Justice must bring justice to unarmed BIPOC victims of police violence by arresting and prosecuting the officers responsible to the full extent of the law.
- Congress must hold hearings as part of a national conversation involving all impacted communities, so as to broker a ceasefire in ongoing street violence.
- We must vigorously enforce gun laws at every level of government, limiting ownership to adults and addressing instances where legal open carry should not allow the criminal threatening of pointing loaded weapons at crowds of non-violent protesters.
“When I am elected to the Senate this fall, I unfortunately have to believe that we will still be grappling with a nation ever more divided by racially biased police violence, as Congress and the White House will continue to fail us as they engage in political bickering and finger-pointing.
“My campaign offers a new politics to get past divisions and to begin focusing on the people who need the government to help them before they find themselves beyond our help.
“The working class in the U.S. is in deep economic distress, and this is likely to fan the flames of violent conflict unless we seriously address the Covid-19 pandemic and immediately institute universal health care and a guaranteed basic minimum income for the duration of the pandemic.”
Find information about Lisa Savage, her policy positions, background, and how to support her people-powered campaign at www.LisaforMaine.org.