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Nick Moe Joins The Juneau Hunger Strike

February 26, 2012

Former Mayoral Candidate and East High Graduate, Nick Moe

Dear Fellow Alaskans,

My name is Nick Moe. I am born and raised in Alaska and a proud graduate of East High School (Anchorage).  This is day 17 (Feb. 23, 2012) of my hunger-strike of one meal a day (soup and bread) and I now weigh 14 pounds less.

I am fasting in solidarity with Kokayi Nosakhere who is doing a complete fast and hasn’t eaten for 17 days.  Nosakhere is leading the By2015:AMERICA Movement and is currently advocating in Juneau, Alaska on behalf of 52,000 hungry Alaskan children.

I too am fasting to raise awareness of Senate Bill 3, the school meals legislation that is currently stuck in the House Finance Committee. This bill would give 15 cents more per school lunch and 35 cents more for school breakfasts to expand the meals served to students who need them.  From a policy perspective, this bill would also give school districts greater purchasing power to buy healthy local.y grown Alaskan produce.  Alaska is one of 12 states that contributes no money to school meals.  Currently the school meals program is funded by parents, school districts and the Federal Government.

It is time for the House Finance Committee to step up and help feed the 52,000 children who go hungry every day. It is time for the House Finance Co-Chairmen to step up and give school districts the tools needed to bring healthy local produce to students’ plates.  It is time for Representative Bill Stoltze to stop playing politics and schedule Senate Bill 3 for a hearing.  It’s not only his constitutional responsibility to maximize Alaska’s resources for the benefit all Alaskans, but it is his responsibility to allow the public process to move forward.  Even if he doesn’t like the legislation, Rep. Stoltz needs to schedule Senate Bill 3 for a hearing and allow his colleagues the opportunity to vote on this critical issue for Alaska’s children.

Please call or email Representative Stoltze and ask him to move the public process forward on Senate Bill 3 and schedule a hearing.  Email: Representative_Bill_Stoltze@legis.state.ak.us Phone: 907-465-4958.

Thank you for your time and for acting on behalf of 52,000 Alaskan children.

Sincerely,
Nick Moe

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Emil Churchin permalink
    February 26, 2012 8:03 am

    I called Rep Bill Stoltze’s office last Friday. The guy who answered was a blend of cordial, defensive & gruff. He mentioned several times Stoltze might call me if he has anything to say or to find out more about my concerns. I indicated I’m not the one the Representative should be calling.

    When I referred to KTVA’s claim of 6 months of calls going unanswered, I mistakenly said 2 weeks & ADN; he said the ADN called once.

    I said of all that the state spends money for, this seems worthy. I was most curious about Stoltze’s long silence. When I said I wanted to know Stoltze’s opinion on the issue, the aide said he didn’t know.

    I said I wanted to hear about one claim that the bill “pays for itself.” He wanted to know what I meant. I said I didn’t know, and explained that such things are why I’d like to hear discussion on the bill.

    When I said the bill is languishing in committee, he said this can be said of every bill, because there’s not enough time for meetings. The 2009 version died in committee.

    A bill that passed the Senate unanimously ought to be able to get out of committee in the House. The Food Bank of Alaska, school administrators, & a host of dedicated community groups support Bill 3. It appears this representative has taken it upon himself to stall this bill, subverting the public process despite the efforts of many people devoted to helping Alaska’s children.

    I was unaware Rep Stoltze had made a public announcement earlier that day. I assert he only did so because of public pressure. If SB3 is something you feel is just, please arm yourself with facts & call Rep. Stotlze.

    • February 26, 2012 8:14 am

      Very good post. You have gotten further than I have and I am down here in Juneau. Thank you for acting like an American. You got most of your facts right. – Kokayi

  2. Emil Churchin permalink
    February 26, 2012 8:24 am

    I’ve never phoned a legislator before, never felt empowered, that my voice would make a difference over partisan & corporate dealing. (I did email Les Gara a few times to tell him I thought he did good work.)

    But after I typed, There’s a warrior starving in Juneau, on a FB post, the least I could is call.

    • February 26, 2012 8:37 am

      I and 52,000 hungry Alaskan children thank you for pushing past your previous limitations. – Kokayi

  3. February 26, 2012 2:11 pm

    Let’s help people help themselves obtain the food and nutrition they need to thrive in Alaska.

    • February 26, 2012 2:47 pm

      Peace. Your statement is confusing. I hope you have read my resume. I currently work for Ninestar doing that very such thing. We also established Children’s Meal Mission. For the last decade my family has been at the forefront of healing persons and assisting them in accessing the American Dream of Self-Actualization. RNC talking points will not work here, Sir.

  4. February 26, 2012 2:15 pm

    Let’s do what’s needed to help people help themselves obtain or produce the nutrition they need to survive and thrive in all of Alaska.

  5. Donna Braendel permalink
    February 26, 2012 10:54 pm

    Keep talking Nick! Behind you 100%. This state of affairs is appalling and unforgivable. I have written to this creature but don’t expect a response. He needs to be buried in a avalanche of outrage written and phoned in. He can deny us for a while but sheer volume may have it’s effect.

    • February 26, 2012 11:32 pm

      The Juneau Hunger Strike is becoming THE story of the 27th Legislature. I believe we are close now. We need to keep the pressure on and this issue in the news. Please attend the Street Demonstrations that are being planned. We will not stop until the Bill is scheduled. It has to have 3 hearings first and then get released from Committee.

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