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  • Friday, June 14, 2024 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 96 rsvps
    The Derryfield Restaurant in Manchester, NH

    2024 Annual Meeting

    Please join Open Democracy and Open Democracy Action for the 2024 Annual Meeting.  Our theme this year is Mobilizing a Multigenerational Democracy!

    WHEN: Flag Day, June 14, 2024.  6 pm

    WHERE: The Derryfield Restaurant, 625 Mammoth Rd, Manchester, NH

    Our very special guest will be Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, Emmy award-winning producer and correspondent, Hedrick Smith!

    In addition to his many writings and productions, Hedrick is executive editor of Reclaim the American Dream, a website committed to informing the public about key issues for economic and political reform.  (Our own Treasurer, Gordon Allen, serves on the Advisory Board)

    Hedrick has also been a special friend and ally to Open Democracy, travelling to New Hampshire to host many events over the years.  If you haven't had a chance to hear him speak, don't miss this one!  

    Get your tickets today.

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    Can't Make the event, but still want to support Open Democracy?  Consider purchasing a ticket for someone else!  

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    via Zoom

    Maine Public Funding of Elections: Lessons learned & organizing ideas

    Join us for a conversation with Anna Keller where they discuss how Maine’s publicly funded elections came to be and how we can create a similar system for NH. In our current election system where money equals power the influence of mega donors on political decisions is staggering. However, policy changes that implement a public funding system for elections have proven successful at making the legislation align more closely with the will of the people rather than corporate interests. For a prime example we can look to our northern neighbor, Maine. 
    Maine began their public funding system in 1996, nearly 30 years ago. During the 2016 elections, 64% of candidates in legislative races participated. Voters like the system so much that they passed an update to the system by citizen initiative in 2015. During this webinar our special guest, Anna Keller will discuss the story of Maine's public funding system, how it came to be, the organizing used to achieve it, and strategies that New Hampshire Activists can use to aid them in establishing a similar system in NH.
    Speaker:
    ANNA KELLAR (they/them)
    Executive Director at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections
    Anna grew up in Maine before earning a BA in Political Science from Yale University and a Masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. Their experience with democracy and anti-corruption campaigns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia makes them all the more committed to preserving and strengthening civil society and grassroots democracy in Maine. Anna started working at MCCE in 2014 as an organizer on the Clean Elections Initiative. They ran for the state legislature as a Clean Elections candidate in 2016. In 2017, Anna was appointed as the first joint Executive Director for MCCE and the League of Women Voters of Maine.
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 3 rsvps

    John Lewis National Day of Action & Candlelight Vigil

    July 17, 2024 marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of the Late Congressman John Lewis. On that day, countless activists will come together in events across the country to commemorate his death and more importantly his life work to secure voting rights for all people. 
    As a part of this effort Open Democracy Action will be holding a Candlelight Vigil outside of Senator Maggie Hassan's Manchester office location. We will be holding candles in Congressman Lewis's memory and signs advocating for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and the Native American Voting Rights Act carrying on his mission of equal voting rights for all. 
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2024 at 07:00 PM · 5 rsvps

    Open Democracy Book Club: "Democracy in Black"

    DEMOCRACY IN BLACK

    Purchasing information

    Available by SPECIAL ORDER your local book store (Softcover 18.00): 

    Gibson's Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH 03301  603-224-0562  

    Water Street Books, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833   603-778-9731

    Toadstool Bookstores, 12 Depot St., Peterborough, NH 03458   (603) 924-3543

    Penguin/Random House

    Amazon Audio Book


    Details

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown (January 2017)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0804137439
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0804137430
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2024 at 07:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Online via Zoom

    Open Democracy Book Club: "Democracy Awakening"

    Join Open Democracy Book Club on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 pm Eastern for a discussion of Heather Cox Richardson‘s vital and urgent call to action about the precarious state of American democracy. Professor Richardson will be joining us for the discussion and Q&A.

    At a time when the very foundations of democracy seem under threat, the lessons of the past offer a roadmap for navigating a moment of political crisis. In Democracy Awakening, acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson delves into the tumultuous journey of American democracy, revealing how the roots of Donald Trump’s “authoritarian experiment” can be traced back through the earliest days of the republic. She examines the historical forces that have led to the current political climate, showing how modern conservatism has preyed upon a disaffected population, weaponizing language and promoting false history to consolidate power.

    With remarkable clarity and the same accessible voice that brings millions of readers to her newsletter, Letters from an American, Richardson wrangles a chaotic news feed into a coherent story that singles out what we should pay attention to and what possible paths lie ahead. Her command of history and trademark plainspoken prose allow her to pivot effortlessly from the Founders to the abolitionists to Reconstruction to Nixon to the January 6 insurrection, highlighting the political legacies of the New Deal, the lingering fears of socialism, the death of the liberal consensus, and the birth of “movement conservatism.”

    An essential read for anyone concerned about the state of America, 
    Democracy Awakening is more than a history book; it’s a call to action. Richardson reminds us that democracy is not a static institution but a living, evolving process that requires constant vigilance and participation from all of us. This powerful testament to the resilience of democratic ideals shows how we, as a nation, can take the lessons of the past to address today’s challenges and secure a more just and equitable future.


    Purchasing information

    Available at your local book store (Hardcover 30.00): 

    Gibson's Bookstore, 45 South Main St., Concord, NH 03301  603-224-0562

    Water Street Books, 125 Water St., Exeter, NH 03833   603-778-9731

    Toadstool Bookstores, 12 Depot St., Peterborough, NH 03458   (603) 924-3543


    Details

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Viking (September 26, 2023)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593652967
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593652961
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