On Saturday, July 4th, we donned our patriotic caps and took to the streets once again to declare independence from big money politics and demand the presidential candidates support systemic reform.
Some 150 rebels signed up in advance to make the 20- or 16-mile trek from Rochester or Hampton, arriving in Portsmouth for a festive BBQ and our first Rally for Independence in Prescott Park. There we enjoyed a bipartisan reading of the Declaration of Independence, street theater starring "heroes" of democracy, remarks by NH Rebellion founder Lawrence Lessig, live music, and plenty of free Ben & Jerry's! Although the weather dampened attendance, over 200 patriots in all braved the rain and gave up their holiday to join our Declaration. Check out this short video (more photos and video to follow).
The media took note. In a clear sign that our movement is gaining steam in the mainstream press, dozens of state and even national outlets spanning the political spectrum from The Boston Globe and NHPR to The Union Leader and Washington Times covered the event. And thanks to many of you, more than dozen letters and op-eds from activists appeared in local papers ahead of July 4th. With your help, we will keep winning the attention of the nation as our campaign to Ask the Question of every presidential candidate continues to grow.
Walks don't plan themselves and I'm very grateful to our lead organizer Ellen, the entire staff and Open Democracy fellows, and our many volunteers. Thanks also to former US Asst. Secretary of State Betty Tamposi and former State Senator Burt Cohen for their impassioned reading of the Declaration of Independence, and to our gracious in-kind sponsors like Ben & Jerry's, Dover Friends Meeting, and Panera Bread.