Thursday, February 2, 2017

We All Belong Here-Resisting Racism & Bigotry

From AFSC:

Share and display these images in your community to help create welcoming spaces for all. 

Between Nov. 9—the day after the presidential election—and Nov. 15, the Southern Poverty Law Center collected 437 reports of hateful intimidation and harassment from around the country.

Muslims, immigrants, women, and Black and LGBTQ communities were all targets of these attacks. These incidents took place on public transportation, in the streets, in places of worship—but the majority took place in K-12 schools. These attacks are happening to our communities, our friends, and loved ones.

Driven by a desire to provide tools for schools and the larger community to create space for discussion and declare solidarity, artists Micah Bazant and Kate DeCiccio partnered with AFSC, Forward Together, Jewish Voice for Peace, Center for New Community, and Showing Up for Racial Justice to produce these beautiful images.

Share these posters widely in your community. You can: 

 https://www.afsc.org/resource/posters-resisting-racism-and-bigotry

 Download "We All Belong Here" poster (PDF)

 Download "We Commit to Resist" poster (PDF)

 

 

February--African American History Month



The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  




Tri Town Meeting Feb 9th, 7 PM-Guest Speaker Olivia Zink, from Open Democracy


Update:

Hi folks,

In lieu of the weather predictions for tomorrow, we think it wise to cancel our TriTown Dems Meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

We will email out the agenda with some notes and have a few questions for you, so you won't be totally off the hook for participation and sharing of ideas!  But we do want everyone to be safe from driving in the predicted, and sometimes unpredictable, weather.

As we are developing that agenda and notes to share, please send me any items or notes you would like to be included for either notice or discussion. 

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. 

Stay safe in the storm.


Our next scheduled meeting will be on February 9th, at 7:00 PM in Milton at the Emma Ramsey Center. Our speaker will be Olivia Zink, from Open Democracy. She will speak about voting rights and campaign finance reform.

About Open Democracy:

Founded in 2009 by renowned reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock (1910-2010), Open Democracy is leading the New Hampshire movement to strengthen democracy and stop the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. Over the past five years, we have educated and engaged thousands of New Hampshire citizens through nonpartisan grassroots campaigns, film and theatrical events, a national speaker series, research and publications, and local and state advocacy initiatives. In 2014, we partnered with citizens in 52 New Hampshire towns to pass warrant articles calling for an end to corporate and union spending in political campaigns under Citizens United.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

President Obama To Give Farewell Address Tuesday Jan 10th


“America is not the project of any one person. Because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We The People.’ ‘We Shall Overcome.’ ‘Yes, We Can.’” President Obama

 

President Obama's message on his Farewell Address:

 

In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

On Tuesday, January 10, I'll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can't be there in person.

I'm just beginning to write my remarks. But I'm thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you've changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.

Since 2009, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That's because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding—our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better.

So I hope you'll join me one last time.

Because, for me, it's always been about you.
President Barack Obama

 

Call To Action: Right To Work (For Less) Hearing On Tues Jan 10th


Hi folks,

The New Hampshire Senate will be holding a hearing on so called "Right to Work' on Tuesday, January 10, at 1:00 PM at Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord.  We need you to show up and bring a friend with you, if you can.  We all know that "Right to Work" is the preferred method to destroy unions in this country. This is wrong for businesses and wrong for New Hampshire workers and their families.  The Senate is trying to ram this bill through which explains the short notice and lack of fanfare or advertising about it.  They believe with short notice, they will not get many people to the hearing and thus not hear the will of New Hampshire workers. Even if you can only come to the State House for a few minutes, your voice could make a difference.  Please attend in person, sign in, in opposition of Senate Bill 11-FN.  If you cannot attend, please write your senator, representatives, executive council member, and the Governor, and let them know that you do not support "Right to Work" legislation, as it only destroys workers' rights and favors opposition of Corporate bosses.  These kinds of bills are drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization funded by the Koch Brothers.

SB 11-FN text  http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/billText.aspx?id=141&type=3
This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.

Senate Calendar for the Week of January 5  http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/calendars_journals/calendars/2017/sc%205.pdf

Note: the Calendar on the Senate Calendar Page (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Senate/calendars_journals/default.html) is labelled "No.05, January 05, 2016".  It could be a mistake, or it could be a ploy to trick folks into thinking it was last year's calendar. 
Why "Right to Work" is Wrong for Everyone   http://wrongforeveryone.org/more-facts-on-right-to-work/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

TriTown Dems Meeting Thursday, January 12th 7PM



Hi folks,
Happy New Year!  Hope you had a safe and happy holiday season.
Just a reminder that the TriTown Dems will be meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00 PM at the Emma Ramsey Center in Milton.  Our guest speaker will be David Holt from Occupy Seacoast & the Strafford County Dem Committee.  He will be speaking about activism and how to stay active in the current political climate.

We've also confirmed that our February 9th, speaker will be Olivia Zink, from Open Democracy, who will be talking to us about voter rights and campaign finance reform.

Hope to see you there.

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