NOV. 1st CHEYENNE CAPITOL RALLY - REFUGEE IMPACT ON WYOMING?
Casper, Wyoming - October 28, 2014 - Citizens Protecting Wyoming (CPW) - a non-partisan non-profit - calls on elected public servants and candidates listed on the November ballot, to address and listen to citizen concerns about "any" Wyoming Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) or plans. A rally dedicated to this purpose is scheduled from 11:00am -1:30pm on Saturday, November 1st by the State Capitol steps, followed by a Honk & Wave and a 7:00pm educational event.
Mike Elmore, a CPW representative from Gillette stated, "Concerns we are hearing across the state range from refugee problems communities around the US are having, including health, safety, cultural conflicts, drains on welfare, medical, community and educational programs."
Don Barnett, the keynote speaker flying in for the rally and evening educational/organizing event said, "The program (RRP) places significant unfunded costs on state and local taxpayers in the form of social services which must be provided.
The recent US Ebola outbreaks have sparked renewed attention in Governor Mead's September 2013 letter to Washington, D.C. committing, "The State of Wyoming has elected to pursue .... and participate in that program ... ." (http://refugeemead.com).
Foregoing pubic knowledge, input or agreement, Mead is set to allow Wyoming to become the last state in the US to have a RRP forced upon the citizens by the Federal government implemented United Nations programs.
In a March 2014 public letter (bit.ly/OuI4vE), Mead states that Wyomingites would be involved in RRP discussions and decisions and that, "I welcome the participation of all citizens." After seven months of Mead not providing a public venue, the CPW is responding to the growing concerns voiced by Wyomingites by facilitating the citizen-government dialogue on Nov. 1st at the State Capitol (details below.)
Ace Halstead, CPW Public Relations, reported, "Wyomingites want the truth. Mead's office has recently responded with a RRP "Fact Sheet" which demonstrates his apparent continued avoidance of actual factual matters of this issue. This shows me a lack of transparency and serves only to misdirect from reality and create additional unnecessary confusion."