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A Weekend of Democracy in the Monadnock Region

 

On Saturday, July 18th, friends and fellow rebels will walk from Dublin to Peterborough in honor of Doris "Granny D" Haddock. Will you join us for the 9am walk and 12pm community celebration in Peterborough's Depot Square for free lunch, entertainment, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream? 

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The six-mile walk is part of our second annual Revive Democracy Weekend in the Monadnock region. The weekend begins Friday night, June 17th, with a screening of the powerful documentary "Pricele$$" at the Peterborough Unitarian Church at 7pm. The film will be followed by a short discussion on money in politics and a social gathering at Harlow's Pub nearby in Peterborough.

On Saturday after the walk and community celebration, our supporters Malcolm and Pamela Peabody will host walkers and friends for a festive gathering at Dublin Lake from 5-7pm. Please contact[email protected] or call (603) 930-6765 to RSVP. 

The weekend will close on Sunday morning when Open Democracy executive director Dan Weeks speaks at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum at 11am at the Peterborough Unitarian Church on "Poor (in) Democracy: How America is Defaulting on Democracy and the Long Walk to Get it Back." All events are free and open to the public.


Thank You to the July 4th NH Rebellion Walkers - and join us Saturday!

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).

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NYT-CBS poll shows near-universal concern over money in politics

As you may have seen in today's New York Times, a NYT-CBS poll finds 84% of adults "think that money has too much influence in American political campaigns" and similar numbers support limiting the size of campaign contributions, curbing outside spending, and strengthening disclosure requirements. Although 58% of respondents express pessimism that the situation can be improved, that is a marked improvement over the 91% expressing cynicism in our 2013 poll. A summary of the poll's major findings is provided below.
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Memorial Day Walk for Democracy

Fifteen years ago, Granny D concluded her walk across America with these haunting words. Addressing the "brave spirits" of Arlington Cemetery, she asked, "Did you give your lives for a government where we might stand together as free and equal citizens, or did you give your lives so that laws might be sold to the highest bidder, turning this temple of our Fair Republic into a bawdy house where anything and everything is done for a price?”
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Walking with Paul Revere on Patriots' Day

 

Our long walk for democracy continued on Saturday, as nearly 100 citizen rebels took to the streets in the footsteps of Paul Revere on the 240th anniversary of his famous ride, garnering state and national media attention.
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Have you Asked?

It may not feel like spring, but that isn't keeping the presidential candidates away. Already, they're out on the stump talking up a storm about taxes and teachers, energy and immigration, deficits and drones… We need to make sure they address the underlying issue: how to end the corrupting influence of money in politics. 

That's where you come in, as walkers and talkers for reform!

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Open Democracy Presents 2015 Walk the Talk Awards

 

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Movements are made up of people. Movements grow when people invest their time, energy, passion, creativity, and resources to further the cause. Countless people have contributed to building the Open Democracy movement in New Hampshire (and beyond!) and this year we are proud to recognize six such individuals with the first-ever 'Walk the Talk' Awards. To learn more about the Awards recipients, check out our press release below.

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12,081 miles later, the walk for reform continues!


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We made it! On January 21st, the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, we stood together hundreds strong in front of the New Hampshire State House as a unified NH Rebellion against big money in politics. Our legs were weary but our spirits were high after walking 300 miles – 12,081 miles collectively – from all four corners of the state for the sake of our republic. The nation took notice

Who could express our motivation better than 15 year-old Ella McGrail, who spoke to the assembled crowd after walking the long road from Portsmouth to Concord with her classmates?

"Our government now favors money over majority, a twisted reality that in no way resembles Democracy.  It is a system that legalizes bribery and gives those with the most money the highest level of power over public policy decisions, a position that by right belongs to the citizens at large… I will not stand by and watch the struggle for my rights be won or lost without me simply because I’m not yet eighteen. This is our future, this is our fight."

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Election Countdown: Time to Birddog the Candidates!

Video.jpgWith less than a month to go until Election Day, we're hearing lots of campaign promises on everything from jobs and the economy to climate change and national security. But how will our leaders be able to solve these problems when they're stuck spending hours a day raising money for reelection, most of it from out-of-state interests intent on maintaining the unjust status quo?

That's why we're calling on New Hampshire candidates in both parties to publicly commit to ending the system of big money corruption in Washington, now and in the upcoming presidential primary. Dozens of supporters have already joined our birddogging team and we're inviting others to sign up to question the candidates as they tour the state.

If you're new to birddogging, check out this short video and let us know if you'd like to attend one of our upcoming trainings.

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