For Immediate Release: April 5th, 2013
Senators Join Alaskans, Rally Against Oil Wealth Giveaway
JUNEAU –Alaskans gathered around the state yesterday, uniting in opposition against Senate Bill 21. Crowds of hundreds gathered in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau to protest the massive giveaway. Reports of rallies in Dillingham, Soldotna, Sterling, Homer, and Sitka were still filtering in. All told, hundreds of Alaskans stood together, holding hand-made signs and chanting “it’s our oil.”
“While it was gratifying to see resistance statewide, we want people to know the fight is not over. As Pastor Paul Beran mentioned in Juneau, call your legislator, now. Tell them you won’t stand for this epic rip-off,” said Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage).
The rallies occurred just ten hours after a grueling meeting of the House Resources committee which ended at 2 a.m. After hours of debate and 34 amendments, the House Resources committee removed most of the major economic changes in Senate Bill 21 that allowed it to pass from the Senate by the narrowest of margins, 11 to 9.
“Under the cover of darkness last night at 2 a.m. we saw hundreds of millions of dollars pushed across the table to companies who won’t make a single guarantee to the people of Alaska. Yesterday, with the sun shining in Juneau, hundreds of Alaskans came out to show our leaders what they think about Senate Bill 21,” stated Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage).
The rally in Juneau culminated with Senator Wielechowski, joined by Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) and Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) tearing up a gigantic fake check for $5.5 billion which was the estimated negative fiscal impact of Senate Bill 21 to the State of Alaska when it passed the Senate.
To watch footage of the rally in Juneau please visit: www.alaskasenatedems.com
To see images from rallies around the state: www.facebook.com/AKBackbone
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