An American Citizen Speaks
My name is John Aronno. I am a citizen of the United States and I approve of this message.
If you have not chosen to pay attention yet to the stand my friend, Kokayi Nosakhere is taking here in Alaska, I ask that you pay attention now. For the past 2 years, Kokayi has faithfully worked to make America aware of 20 million hungry children in our midst. His passion and energy is inspirational – at least for those of us sensitive to the plight of children.
On January 3, 2012 Kokayi Nosakhere, as the Lead Coordinator of the By2015:AMERICA Movement took the extraordinary step of calling out the House Finance Committee for their moral failing on the issue of child hunger in Alaska. Before them is Senate Bill 3, which is designed to add $2 million towards the feeding of our children through School Meals. This is the third year such a Bill was landed on the House Finance Committee’s desk. So far, the Bill has failed to gain the attention of the House Finance Committee. So far, the children of Alaska are still hungry.
I know Kokayi. I have reposted some of his writings on my blog – Alaska Commons. I support Alaska addressing child hunger. But there are three problems. If you go to the By2015:AMERICA blog you will read Kokayi’s presentation before the Bartlett Club explaining what those enemies are. They are: Fear. Ignorance. Apathy.
Right now, we are allowing the enemies of democracy to HURT our children.
When most people saw the Channel 11 presentation by reporter Corey Allen, the reaction was fear. Fear that the House Finance Committee is not made up of statesmen, but politicians. Politicians who will not be moved by the courage of one man to make them aware of their moral failing. It could be asserted that these politicans are more concerned about elections and campaign contributions than they are the children of our great state. If these elected officials cannot run on a platform of feeding hungry children, they need to spend more time educating their districts on the immediate reality of children hunger in Alaska, and less time courting money from speacial interests.
How did we elect men and women who seemingly have no regard for all of our children? This bill adds only $2 million of State funds towards our School Districts, who are struggling to feed our children nutritious foods. Have you seen what they serve our children? Have you seen what $2 million looks like next to the over $1.7 billion made by just a single oil company in Alaska in 2010 alone?
Kokayi has petitioned his government, as have his colleagues, as have I. I am ashamed that the political process is so corrupt in Alaska that Kokayi has been left no choice than to stage a hunger strike to inspire them to do the right then. If you feel such shame, please do our children a favor. Write a letter to Representative Bill Stoltz and Bill Thomas. As the chairs of the House Finance Committee, where Senate Bill 3 is currently collecting dust, they are responsible for passing this bill through their committee so that it can be put up for an up or down vote on the House floor. So far, Rep. Stoltz has been completely unresponsive to Kokayi and the media. How? A democratic republic cannot function if the politicians refuse to speak to the People.
Our children are counting on your courage. Do the right thing. Go to the By2015:AMERICA blog and get the Letter Template. Print it out. Write a letter. Educate your friends and family; spread the word in your local coffee shop, at work, at home and in your place of worship. Let’s clearly state to our House Finance Committee members that we support the feeding of our children. Leave politics out of it. Pass Senate Bill 3.
My name is John Aronno and I am not afraid of the political process. Nor, as an American citizen, should you be. Thank you for listening. And thank you for listening. And thank you Kokayi for your commitment to feeding our children. ALL of our children.