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  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 AM
    City Plaza in Concord, NH

    Rally for Peace & Planet

    Join a coalition of Peace and Climate Action organizations (including New Hampshire Peace Action350NH, Sierra Club, Climate Action NH, and Back from the Brink) for a rally at City Plaza. We will also host an art build just outside of the NH Peace Action Office (4 Park St #304 Concord NH, right next to The State House) at 10AM.

    Earth Day is coming up, and while this is a celebratory time we should also remember that we live in a country with stiff resistance to taking action on climate change. A big reason for this is the bipartisan support for endless money to the Military Industrial Complex which consumes 4.6 billion gallons of oil annually. Help us show solidarity between environmentalists and the anti war movement and learn about the ways that you can get involved in your area. The rally will feature speakers from the different organizations, banner making, music, and a lot of community building. See you there!

    Speakers include:

    ·       Rishi GurudevanStudents for Nuclear Disarmament

    ·       Olivia ZinkOpen Democracy

    ·       Catherine CorkeryNH Sierra Club

    ·       Drew PolatchekClimate Action

    ·       Bill MaddocksNH Peace Action

    Parking can be found at 17 School St Garage or State St Parking Garage, among numerous other locations.
    Want some extra Crafting time? Visit Teatoataller in Concord on 4/18 at 4pm for Climate Action’s Craft and Climate which will be focused on making signs for the Rally for Peace and Planet! (https://www.mobilize.us/lcvnh/event/617155/)

    Additional cosponsors include: Granite State ProgressSURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), 603 Equality.

    RSVP HERE

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 07:00 PM
    Zoom

    Minority Rule: A Conversation with Ari Berman

    Minority Rule: A Conversation with Journalist Ari Berman

    Tuesday, April 30, 7:00-8:00 PM ET

    ASL and Closed Captioning will be provided 

    The mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, represented an extreme form of the central danger facing American democracy today: a blatant disregard for the will of the majority. However, this crisis did not begin or end with Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election. Through voter suppression, election subversion, gerrymandering, dark money, the takeover of the courts, and the whitewashing of history, reactionary white conservatives have strategically entrenched power in the face of massive demographic and political shifts. Journalist Ari Berman charts all of these efforts and the grassroots movement that’s fighting back in his new book Minority Rule: The Right-Wing Attack on the Will of the People — And the Fight to Resist It. 

    Join the Workers Circle for a conversation with Ari on the themes of his book and how we can fight back against these regressive forces. The conversation will be moderated by Noelle Damico, Director of Social Justice at the Workers Circle. There will be ample time for audience questions and answers. 

    We will be giving away 3 copies of Ari’s book via a raffle during the program. All attendees will be automatically entered into a raffle to receive a free copy of Ari’s book. You must be present to claim your book. 

    Please pre-register with Zoom to receive the link.

    Presented by the Workers Circle, Coalition for Open Democracy is a cosponsor of this event.

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    BarCode Lounge & Grill in Manchester, NH

    Ballots & Brews

    Democracy is for everyone, but only a fraction of New Hampshire residents get involved in the political process beyond voting in general elections - or even know how to start. We want to work together to fix that.

    Join us for our Ballots and Brews event on Wednesday, May 1st, at the Barcode Lounge & Grill in Manchester for an approachable introduction to the New Hampshire legislative process. In this relaxed atmosphere, we will discuss why voters' rights and civic engagement matter, the importance of campaign finance and redistricting reforms for passing policies that cater to the needs of the people, and the many different ways you can get involved.

    Our program will begin with half an hour of mingling and building connections with fellow young professionals. During this time, we invite you to take fun photos at our democracy photo op set and cast your 'ballot' to vote on what issue is most important to you. Then, we will settle in for the speaking segment of the night, the mock debate with our fantastic panel of speakers. Finally, we will wind down the night with further networking and tables with our speakers where you can ask them more about their topics of expertise.

    Speaker Bios:

    Ophelia Burnett, Program Associate with American Friends Service Committee and Democracy Organizer with Open Democracy.  Ophelia is a passionate advocate for equality, justice, and the rights of marginalized communities. She has a deep belief in the inherent value and dignity of every individual and has dedicated herself to creating a more inclusive and equitable society.  By collaborating with organizations, activists, elected officials, and community leaders. She has been able to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and effect positive change.

    Kathryn Langille, Open Democracy's Public Policy Fellow, Kathryn is passionate about serving her community and creating positive change. Slated to graduate from Saint Anselm College in the Winter of 2025, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Education and Public Policy Studies. She intends to pursue a career in policy writing and analysis, with a focus on public education systems. Kathryn's deep sense of community stems from her experience in performing arts during her formative years. At Saint Anselm, she has had the privilege of being on her theater company's Executive Board as Director of Sets. She also works for a variety of on-campus offices, including the Meelia Center for Community Engagement and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

    David Andrews is a UNH-trained electrical engineer living in Concord with a passion for data analysis. During the 2020 redistricting cycle he worked as a Data Analyst at the Redistricting Data Hub, a national nonprofit assisting governments & organizations with redistricting data. He was the lead mapper for the Map-a-Thon project which created and introduced fair maps during the 2020 redistricting process in New Hampshire. David is also an expert witness in the City of Dover v. Scanlan case which is challenging the NH House map, which is currently in the Strafford Superior court.

    Sam Cassin, High School Voter Registration Coordinator.  Sam is a dedicated and hardworking coordinator who has a goal of making a long-lasting and meaningful impact on communities and young people alike. He is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who grew up in the Queen City, Manchester. He comes to Open Democracy in a less traditional manner than most. He attended Saint Anselm College, located on the Manchester-Goffstown border. He studied in many different fields due to the college’s liberal arts education and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Politics. Upon graduation, Sam worked in recruiting, scouting, and coaching for the Saint Anselm college football program. Today, he brings his skills and abilities in connecting with young people back to the political sphere. 

  • Friday, June 14, 2024 at 06:00 PM · $40.00 USD · 2 rsvps
    The Derryfield Restaurant in Manchester, NH

    2024 Annual Meeting

    Please join Open Democracy and Open Democracy Action for the 2024 Annual Meeting!

    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.

    Want to be a Sponsor of this event? 

    As a sponsor, your name will be listed in the program book and you will receive 1, 2, 4, or 6 complimentary tickets for your sponsorship of $250, $500, $1,000, or $2,500, respectively.  Please reach out to Doreen or Olivia for full details.

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