GRANNY D: THE POWER OF ONE
Working to get big money out of politics

CONCORD NH:  New Hampshire native Doris "Granny D" Haddock didn't settle into a rocking chair at age 88.  She took a 3,200 mile walk from Pasadena, California to Washington DC – to get big money out of politics.

In October, actress Dixie Tymitz will honor Haddock’s legacy with her one-woman, one-act play "Granny D:  The Power of One” which will be performed at various times and venues around the state.

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Actor/Activist Sam Waterston in Concord with Lawrence Lessig September 18, 2018

Actor Sam Waterston will be onstage at Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts on September 18, for a “Conversation” with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig sponsored by Open Democracy. Part of the event is reserved for audience Q&A.

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The actor – best known for roles on Grace and Frankie, Law & Order, and The Newsroom – is also an activist for campaign finance reform. Waterston addressed Open Democracy at its “NH Rebellion: We the People Convention” in February 2016, saying:

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Fifth Annual “Granny D Memorial Walk” -- Six-mile NH Rebellion Walk to Fix Big Money in Politics

Dublin, NH --- Supporters of campaign reform will hold the Fifth Annual “Granny D Memorial Walk” from Dublin to Peterborough this Saturday, August 25. Walkers will gather at 9:00 am near Granny D’s home on Cobb Meadow Road, Dublin, for a six-mile walk ending in Depot Square Park in Peterborough. Food and entertainment will be provided at the end of the march, in Depot Square around noon. The event is free and open to the public.

“Money in politics doesn’t just affect government policies. We’re at the point where it is eroding people’s faith in government,” said Adam Eichen, co-author of Daring Democracy and a Communication Strategist for Equal Citizens. 

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NH Rebellion to hold Fifth Annual Seacoast Walk -- Citizens to Walk for Our Nation’s Independence from Special Interests

Campaign reform activists will kick off their Fifth Annual Seacoast Walk at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 7th at the John Paul Jones Memorial site in Kittery, Maine – symbolically bringing Clean Elections across the state border in a walk ending in Market Square, Portsmouth.

“This Independence Day, we remember what sparked the American Revolution: citizens who were tired of a government that did not represent them,” said Open Democracy Executive Director Olivia Zink. To date, more than 1,300 people have walked a total of more than 40,000 miles as part of NH Rebellion, a project of Open Democracy.    

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Open Democracy Calls for Equal Treament of All Political Groups

In the wake of a complaint filed Monday by seven Republican members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Open Democracy Executive Director Olivia Zink urged state officials to “hold all political organizations to the same standard.”

“Granite Staters are tired of having out-of-state organizations tell us how we should vote,” Zink said. “It’s even more offensive when the group sidesteps political disclosure laws by calling themselves a nonprofit organization.”

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Open Democracy Brings Constitutional Law Expert to Manchester

This Thursday, June 21st, the author and legal scholar cited by the Supreme Court in 35 of its decisions will be the keynote speaker for Open Democracy’s Annual Meeting. Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s remarks will include a discussion of Article 10 of the New Hampshire Constitution [“Right of Revolution”].

The event runs from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road; Manchester, NH 03109).

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Overwhelming Bipartisan Majorities Believe Big Money in NH Elections is A Problem; Majority Support Public Funding to Fix Campaign System

CONCORD, NH — A survey of New Hampshire voters has found that large majorities in both parties believe big money is a problem in state elections, and support a current legislative proposal to fix it.

In the survey just released by Public Policy Polling, eight in 10 voters -- including 79% of Democrats, 74% of Republicans and 85% of Independents -- said they believe big money is a problem in Granite State elections.

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Democracy Dinner in Hollis with Larry Lessig

Hollis, NH: On Thursday, November 30, NH Rebellion will hold a “Democracy Dinner” starting at 5:30 pm at the Lawrence Barn Community Center, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, NH with special guest Lawrence Lessig.

The speaking program will focus on the group’s campaign for a "Civic Dollars" campaign financing system in New Hampshire.

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Theatrical Performance Tours New Hampshire to Promote Campaign Finance Reform

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE --- Throughout October, more than a dozen communities across New Hampshire will be treated to performances of “Granny D: The Power of One” a play which portrays the efforts of one woman to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform and her contention that money in politics had betrayed our representative democracy.

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Remembering "Granny D" - Her Statement on May 24, 2000

Doris "Granny D" Haddock and 31 other people were arrested on April 21, 2000, while Granny D was reading the Declaration of Independence in the Capitol Rotunda.

Press releases and C-SPAN coverage from that day decribe the arrests.  

"We no longer have proper representation," Ms. Haddock, the 90-year-old woman who walked across the continent for campaign finance reform, told a press conference on the Senate lawn before she led the group into the Rotunda. "Our elected leaders are consumed by the need to raise election funds from special interests, and they no longer are able to represent the needs of the people or of our ravaged earth. We must declare our independence from the corrupting bonds of big money." 

Granny D's statement at her sentencing still resonates, today.

 

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