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.
"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.
For Immediate Release
July 3, 2018
Contact: Olivia Zink 603-715-8197
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.Read more
June 27, 2018
Contact: Olivia Zink (603) 715-8197
Open Democracy Calls for Equal Treatment 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.”Read more
June 19, 2018
Contact: Olivia Zink (603) 715-8197
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).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov 28, 2017
CONTACT: Olivia Zink (603) 661-8621
2017 Democracy Dinner in Hollis
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.Read more
6-mile NH Rebellion March to End Big Money in Politics.
Dublin --- Supporters of clean election reform will participate in a Granny D Memorial Walk from Dublin to Peterborough on Saturday, August 13th. Walkers will depart at 9:15 am from Cobb Meadow Road, near Granny D’s home, for a 6 mile walk ending in Depot Square Park in Peterborough. At the conclusion, food and entertainment will be provided. The public will be invited to share poems, stories and memories of Granny D.
Born in Laconia on January 24, 1910, Granny D began her political activism in 1960 when she and her husband, James Haddock, successfully campaigned against planned hydrogen bomb nuclear testing in Alaska, saving an Inuit fishing village at Point Hope. Granny D and her husband retired to Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1972 and there Granny D served on the Planning Board and was active in the community.
At noon, a program will take place at Depot Square (12 Depot Square, Peterborough NH 03458)
Program will include:
• Music by Tattoo (Fred Simmons & Leslie Vogel), Granny D's "personal band"
• Granny D Memories- Chuck Weed, Pat Westwater-Jong, Marsha Morrow, Dan Weeks
• Keynote Speaker- Virginia Rasmussen, Move to Amends’ National Leadership Team
Granny D achieved national fame when, at the age of 90, she walked over 3,200 miles across the United States to advocate for campaign finance reform. After initial efforts with Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold to regulate campaign finances, Granny D forged ahead, until her death in March 2010, helping to spearhead a nationwide movement that continues to the current day with numerous groups working to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics.
“We are proud to continue the fight for clean elections,” said Olivia Zink, executive director of Open Democracy, the Concord, NH based election reform group that was started by Granny D more than 10 years ago and that leads the bipartisan NH Rebellion project. “Government must work for We The People,” she said.
The event is free and open to the general public. For more info: 661-8621 or go to nhrebellion.org
NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the Concord-based nonpartisan reform organization founded by legendary NH hero Granny D. To learn more about the NH Rebellion, please visit: www.nhrebellion.org. To register for the walk please visit nhrebellion.org. To see details about the planned events, follow us on Twitter @nhrebellion and on Facebook at: facebook.com/nhrebellion.
On Saturday, July 9th, we took to the streets once again to end the corruption of big money in politics and demand the accountability that we need in our legislature.
100 rebels walked the 5 mile trek from Portsmouth to New Castle where we had sandwiches and our Rally to #EndBigMoney in Fort Constitution. There we enjoyed a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately, we were unable to have Betti Tamposi, the former assistant secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush, join us this year so David Borden, state representative from New Castle, filled in her for by reading an op-ed that she co-drafted with Dan Weeks. In it she noted her continued support for this movement by stating, “When citizen-funded elections are paired with other bipartisan reforms like full transparency, independent redistricting, closing the revolving door and stopping super PACs, Congress will finally be able shift the balance of power away from special interests and back to the American people.”
We also enjoyed some remarks from our keynote speaker and NH Rebellion founder Lawrence Lessig. He said, “We can’t wait 20 or 30 years to solve the issues facing America. Climate change is not going to wait, and we cannot wait to solve the issue of inequality in America.” Other speakers included John Rauh, founder of Americans for Campaign Reform, and our Democracy Fellow Jazmine Langley who added a very unique perspective to the program by outlining how the issue of big money in politics stifles her demographic: young people, women, and people of color.Read more
Manchester Public Television | January 20, 2016 | By Franciscan Action Network and Open Democracy | Read the full article here.
Concord Monitor | January 14, 2016 | Read the full article here.
New Hampshire Public Radio | January 11, 2016 | Read the full article here.