Keene Doesn't Need a Tank
  • Petitioned Charles H. Redfern

This petition was delivered to:

Keene City Council
Charles H. Redfern
Keene City Council
Janis O. Manwaring
Keene City Council
Mitchell H. Greenwald
Keene City Council
Bettina A. Chadbourne
Keene City Council
David C. Richards
Keene City Council
Terry M. Clark
Keene City Council
Philip M. Jones
Keene City Council
James P. Duffy
Keene City Council
June M. Donegan
Keene City Council
Thomas F. Powers
Mayor
Kendall W. Lane

Keene Doesn't Need a Tank

    1. Petition by

      Roberta Mastrogiovanni

 

The peaceful city of Keene, New Hampshire is about to accept a $285,933 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a Bearcat, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle made by Lenco Industries Inc. Our Mayor called it a tank.

I started this petition because I'm a local business owner and I know that most of the residents of Keene, NH don't want a tank. And we're pushing back.

Small business owner Dorrie O'Meara is among those residents.  "Keene, New Hampshire is a beautiful place. It's gorgeous, and it's safe, and we love it here. We just don't want to live in the kind of place where there's an armored personnel carrier parked outside of City Hall. It's completely unnecessary. But it's more than that. It's just not who we are," she explained. 

Jim Massery, the spokesperson for Lenco (the company benefiting off of the tax dollars used to purchase the Bearcat) has shown nothing but disrespect for the citizens of Keene, NH who have strongly opposed our the City Council accepting the tank-like vehicle. He even pulled a Bearcat ad from Lenco's website so Keene citizens couldn't see it. 

"That video is totally irrelevant," Massery said. "We used some Hollywood effects and slick marketing to promote our product. So what?" (the ad features AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' throughout ). He went on to call Keene residents who oppose the Bearcat "crazy." 

Keene needs jobs - not a tank for our police department. Please sign this petition and let our City Council know... "Thanks but no Tanks!"

Visit: http://freekeene.com/bearcat & http://thanksbutnotanks.com for an overivew, videos, the 11pg grant request, and how you can get involved

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Police 'Tank' Purchase Riles New Hampshire Town

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Jim Massery the spokesperson for Lenco had this to say about Keene citizens who oppose the Bearcat: "They remind me of the Jehovah's Witnesses who take on the Red Cross. Why is anyone listening to them?"

    3. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Sean Jordan LACONIA, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      What's the government buying these days? Hollow point bullets, hardened checkpoint booths and radiation pills

      Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035607_government_checkpoints_Martial_Law.html#ixzz1sS1quppu

      I find that the Department of Homeland Security has ordered enough hollow-points to lay down all of the country's citizens--twice over--to be terrifying enough; violence only promotes violence. If you prepare for war, you can bet that's what you'll get. Let's stick somma this dough back into libraries and schools, please.

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    • Jed Hayes TEMPE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      The militarization of our police force increases the chance of martial law.

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    • Brendon Wright MISHAWAKA, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      NO TANKS PLEASE. no need

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    • george chatmon WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      WE NEED TO DO WHAT IS WRIGHT, I HEARD THE 911,

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    • Theo Miller CORSICANA, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      To keep America from becoming a police state.

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