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Saturday, September 15, 2018
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Keynote September  22nd RAD & MPA Event

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard — will be the keynote speaker at a gathering of grassroots activists from throughout New Hampshire and Vermont in Keene, NH on September 22!

 SAVE THE DATE!

Join Rights & Democracy (RAD) and the Monadnock Progressive Alliance (MPA) for the Annual RAD Membership Assembly and the MPA People Power Summit.

We're planing a daylong event featuring special guest speakers, workshops, community building, and FUN!

This is a potluck so please bring a dish to share!

If you would like to attend, but have childcare, interpretation, or other accessibility needs please contact jaime@radnh.org at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Here's our agenda for the day:

10–10:30 am: Registration

10:30am–12 pm: RAD Membership Assembly (Board Elections, Affirmation of RAD 2020 Vision and Calendar)

12–12:15 pm: Social time, set up for lunch/awards

12:15–1:15 pm: RAD Movement Builder Awards (w/Special surprise guest(s))

1:15–2 pm: Regional interactive activity or caucus assemblies

2:15–3:30pm: Workshops Round One (2-3 simultaneous workshops)
A New Social Contract - Cathy Albisa & Kate Logan
Deep Canvassing - Heather Stockwell
Building Issue Campaigns - Isaac Grimm
Restorative Justice - Leaf Seligman

3:45–5pm: Workshops Round Two (2-3 simultaneous workshops)
Community Organizing - Laura Lynch
Bird Dog Training - Olivia Zink
Powerfully Sharing Your Story- Owen Berger
Intersectional Justice - Isaac Grimm & Kate Logan

6–8pm: After party - 2nd floor of Margaritas

VT RSVP: http://www.radvt.org/2018peoplepower

NH RSVP: http://www.radnh.org/2018peoplepower

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Campaign Finance Reform-An Evening With Sam Waterston Sept 18th

 An Evening with Sam Waterston
Tuesday, September 18 at 6 – 8 PM


Renowned actor, producer, director and activist Sam Waterston will be onstage with Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig for a "conversation" about campaign finance reform, with audience Q&A.
Please join NH Rebellion on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 pm at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St., Concord, NH. Tickets are $35.

Sam is one of the nation's leading voices on campaign finance reform. He drove for hours through a blizzard in February 2016 to speak at our "We The People" Convention in Manchester. He greeted us with: "I came to New Hampshire looking for hope, and I found it!" You can watch his full remarks at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0p-sP26l3w

Best known for his role as Jack McCoy on the long running NBC drama Law and Order (and currently starring on Netflix's Grace and Frankie), Sam is also a dedicated activist who has committed much of his time advocating for organizations such as Oceana, where he is a board member, Refugees International, Meals on Wheels, The United Way, and The Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.

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Monday, September 10, 2018
Rise As One- Guest Speaker & Fundraiser-Sat Oct 20th, 5-9pm




Saturday, October 20 at 5 PM – 9 PM
Rise as One is the annual fundraiser and community builder for the American Friends Service Committee's New Hampshire Program. Our guest speaker will be Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth and author of "We Are All Fast Food Workers Now," The Global Uprising Against Starvation Wages. The event will include a dinner with dishes prepared by AFSC volunteers or donated by local restaurants. Suggested donation is $20 to $75 per person as you are able. Use the tickets link to sign up.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Farmington Revitalization Forum-Wednesday Oct 10th, 6-8:30pm


Farmington Revitalization Forum
 
When: Wed, October 10, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
 
Where :Farmington Public Safety Building, 160 Main Street, Farmington, NH (map)
 
Description: The public is invited to an open discussion about potential uses for the Old Fire House as well as revitalization of our downtown. RSVP to arthurcapello@yandex.com Forum is brought to you by the Farmington Revitalization Steering Committee in conjunction with the UNH Cooperative Extension-Community and Economic Development.
 
 
 
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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Thoughts On The 2018 NH Primary Season By Kyle Leach




Thoughts On The 2018 NH Primary Season By Kyle Leach


This mid-term election season has been more interesting than most NH primary election cycles. There is a sense that we need imminent change; there is a sense that we need more progressive thought and a greater push to get progressive candidates to win and I think I can safely say progressives have been winning. The people in my local political circles seem very tired, but just as determined, maybe even more determined, to try to make a difference for the Republic and for as many citizens as they can, despite the hardships we face in the tail end of the second decade of the 21st century.

Many valuable people have stepped up to the task of running for office. They have my gratitude just for doing that.  I do not envy them. The hurdles ahead locally, regionally, and nationally are daunting.  We’ve been able to see most of the candidates and get a sense of where they are and what they want to try to tackle first. And this is where my first source of ire springs forth. 

If you are going to make a go for a political position, please do not wait to run until the season is almost over.  A few candidates in the CD 1 race did this. It is a mistake.  It makes you look like a drama queen. It diminishes the process and, it dismisses the position filed for. Good candidates put in the very hard work of campaigning. Good candidates have time for small towns and politically unimportant people. Good candidates build campaigns over time to connect with locals and fund raise from the local level. It shows you are invested in a broad range of areas. It shows you might actually care about their locality beyond the election cycle. Voters, please do not vote for candidates who abuse you like this. Your votes are certainly worth much more than this lazy behavior is worth.

While we are talking about small towns and visiting locals, I want to call attention to two other candidate behaviors I dislike, with two personal stories from this cycle. As I said before, we’ve seen most of the candidates in our local setting. This is invaluable for people living in small, rural towns; it is an important investment for legitimate campaigns. Whether we are talking about Molly Kelly for the governor’s race or Levi Sanders in the CD 1 race, I expect to see them, I expect to talk to them, and I expect to question them. As a former town chair, I expected at least that much from both of them and they failed our locality on that front. They were invited and we never heard from them. They didn’t even send a surrogate or at least a statement through the town chairs. This is unacceptable. I don’t want to hear excuses; I value my town and the people in it too much to accept any excuse they might give. We need to work on this failing; it is far too common.

The second personal story I want to tell covers the transgression of failing to read an audience or connect with a group you don’t know. I was with a group at the SCDC picnic last month. In the group were a local town chair, two former town chairs, and two people running for NH rep positions. All are very involved in the community. That’s a lot of local knowledge and experience in one place. We were enjoying ourselves and I at least had already talked with or exchanged pleasantries with most of the candidates present, at least the ones that matter to Farmington. Maura Sullivan came over to our group and sat down to chat. Maura started by asking if we were excited about this election season and if we could feel the energy of the campaigns. I call it the standard party “ra, ra” speech. If she had not met all of them before I might not have thought very much of this lack of understanding, but she had met them and been questioned by them at our local meeting. She misread them. She was trying to project that she cared about us and was excited to see us, but that effort fell flat. I found it insulting. Farmington is not the DC beltway bubble. Candidates have to get out of their comfort zones. The conversation seemed to go downhill from there. There wasn’t a connection and she couldn’t build one.  It was immensely frustrating to watch and even harder to experience myself. I know Maura hasn’t lived in NH long, why would she know us like other candidates do? That cannot be an excuse for any candidate.

Connection is key in any political race. It’s essential in navigating the political realm. Some people connect with others easily, others don’t. That doesn’t mean a candidate cannot learn that skill and become better at it. I also think candidates cannot undervalue local knowledge and establishing connections with communities, especially localities that are struggling. Know the constituents you will represent. To not step up to this challenge is to relegate these communities and the people in them to obscurity after elections. This cannot be the cloth our candidates are cut from.

On Election Day I’m putting my vote toward progressive people I can trust. I plan to vote for Steve Marchand, a broad, unapologetic, thoughtful progressive voice, for governor. The CD1 primary race is filled with many good progressives I could vote for. I easily chose Mindi Messmer. She is a person of reason like my husband, a scientist who will look at DC a different way. In this age, the importance of that quality cannot be understated. The environment is not just a dead thing to her; it is our future, and that is a priority. Its restoration is not just an issue, not just a talking point; she knows how connected we are to it, how all life on the planet depends on humankind developing fast solutions to mitigate the damage we have done, like I do. Most importantly, she has enormous compassion and empathy. She has been invaluable ally to my own LGBTQIA community a number of times. It means a lot to me that someone will stick their neck out for people who need help.

We are so fortunate to have not one, but two wonderful candidates for NH state representative this year! Manny Krasner and Sylvis Arcouette are integral parts of Farmington’s community. They give and give, and give to the community; I can think of no better stewards for the two open legislative positions. Please vote for both of them. The very hard working Anne Grassie is running for our NH Senate seat. She would be a breath of fresh air for that seat and bring some much needed empathy and compassion to that office. Please give her an opportunity to serve us. Andru Volinsky has been able to restore some sanity to the Executive Council, so I would ask you to join me in supporting him for re-election to that position.

On NH  Primary Day the Farmington polls are open 8 AM - 7 PM. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th and don’t forget to make your way to the Farmington Old Town Hall/ Rec Center gym, 531 Main ST, Farmington to vote. I certainly hope you will take the time. We need your vote then and we need you to turn out in force in November.

Kyle Leach
Farmington, NH
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Vision. Action. Community.

The Farmington Democrats believe that equality of opportunity can be achieved through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision of social justice.