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Petitioning Keene City Council Charles H. Redfern and 10 others
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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

 

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


Letter to
Keene City Council Charles H. Redfern
Keene City Council Janis O. Manwaring
Keene City Council Mitchell H. Greenwald
and 8 others
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


I'm writing you today to ask that the Keene City Council reconsider accepting a Department of Homeland Security grant for a Bearcat armored vehicle and ask that a public hearing be scheduled to discuss the matter.

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.

We're asking you to stand up for your constituents and turn down the Bearcat.

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Sincerely,