Divest Maine's Pensions

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The fossil fuel divestment movement is growing.  Pension and endowment funds worldwide are questioning a business plan that promotes climate change.   Slowly but surely they are turning their sights, and their financial assets, toward a clean energy future, a future not only better for the planet, but for their investment returns as well!

In the spring of 2013, divestment organizers in Maine submitted a bill to the state legislature calling on the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS) to divest the fossil fuel stocks from their $10 billion fund.  LD1461 was introduced by Rep. Brian Jones of Freedom and assigned to the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee for a hearing.  That hearing will take place sometime in early 2014.

2014 is fast approaching and the MPERS campaign is re-igniting!  Organizers met in Freedom on November 16 to strategize for the upcoming legislative session.  We need YOUR help.

What you can do:

 

Sign the on-line petition for the MPERS campaign.

If you are a member of one of the unions representing state workers, arrange for a divestment organizer to come speak to your union.

If you are a constituent of one of the members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, call or write your legislator to urge them to support LD 1461.

Write a letter to the editor of your local paper - ask us for talking points!

Email one of the organizers below to add your name to our list of people planning to testify at the hearing.

Join the 350 Maine Divestment Team!  Send us an email and we’ll be in touch.

 

For more information:

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Karen Marysdaughter