Founded in 2009 by renowned reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock (1910-2010), Open Democracy is leading the New Hampshire movement to strengthen democracy and stop the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. Over the past five years, we have educated and engaged thousands of New Hampshire citizens through nonpartisan grassroots campaigns, film and theatrical events, a national speaker series, research and publications, and local and state advocacy initiatives. In 2014, we partnered with citizens in 52 New Hampshire towns to pass warrant articles calling for an end to corporate and union spending in political campaigns under Citizens United.
The New Hampshire Rebellion (#NHR) is Open Democracy’s flagship campaign. Founded in 2013 by activist and Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig, #NHR injected new energy into the NH reform movement by conducting an audacious 190-mile “Granny D Walk” across New Hampshire during the height of winter in January 2014. The walk, and a subsequent Independence Day march along the NH seacoast, drew some 1,000 citizen participants and extensive media coverage reaching over 3.2 million Americans. To learn more about #NHR and the next Granny D Walks in January 2015, click here.