Please come to Augusta on Saturday, May 30th from 12 to 2pm to support and SIGN the "Petition of Grievances!" Location: 77 Capitol Street Bring: Your favorite pen. Legislators will hand deliver the scroll to Governor Mills' office. Huge thank you to Scribner Deb Sanderson! Street Protestors- Bring your own Posters Convoy of Vehicles – Warm up your horns! Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! *************************************** When in the Course of human events, the Government has overreached and violated the Constitution of the United States of America, it becomes necessary for the People of Maine to demand that the Governor immediately redress her actions and abide by her sworn Oath of Office or resign from her position. Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders violate both the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and the Maine Constitution, Article 1, Sections 3, 4, 15, and 19, which guarantee freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders violate both the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment and the Maine Constitution, Article 1, Section 5, which protect members of the public from warrantless surveillance. Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders violate the US Constitution, Article 1, and Maine Constitution, Article III, Distribution of Powers. Gov. Mills’ Proclamation of Civil Emergency has effectively usurped the legislative and judicial branches of government. • The Separation of Powers is protected by the system of Checks and Balances, which stops each branch of government from becoming omnipotent. Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders have resulted in the collapse of Maine’s fragile healthcare system and resulted in a generalized and pervasive lack of access to: • preventative care • follow up for chronic illnesses • timely screening/testing and protections protocols in Maine nursing homes leading to high rate of casualties of Covid-19 • “Elective “surgeries for life–threatening illnesses, including cancers Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders have resulted in: • forcing the closure of Maine businesses; • collapsing Maine’s economy, which leads to permanent shuttering of Maine businesses; • Maine municipalities facing reduced revenues and proposing property tax increases, which will cause significant hardship on lower income Mainers, seniors on fixed incomes, and the already stressed business community; • placing Maine’s tourism industry in jeopardy due to the 14-day quarantine; • increasing Maine unemployment; and • swamping Maine’s unemployment system, which is still woefully inadequate to handle the volume of claims, and with self-certify policies in place, there is little to no oversight. Whereas, Governor Mills’ Executive COVID-19 Lockdown Orders have resulted in Government Overreach: • The Governor has no authority to create crimes that impose fines and penalties; • The Governor is acting alone, with no representation of the people of Maine, in creating policies, which will have a negative impact on our ability to support our families and businesses; • The Governor’s policies have inhibited Maine Peoples’ right to access healthcare, dental care, mental health services, addiction support, and … The Governor has abused her authority by declaring a Civil Emergency, and has extended the Chief Executive’s emergency powers such that they exceed her authority, and infringe on our Constitutional Rights. On this date, Saturday, the 30th of May, in the year 2020, We, the undersigned People of Maine, hereby formally Petition our Government for a Redress of our Grievances.
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