Frank Guinta Coniues To Lie-He Should Resign 2015 Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner Videos 2015-Tri Town Dems Honors Dinner A Super Success Update -Recap/Photos-SCDC Picnic A Great Success Photos/Recap Farmington Hay Day 2014 Cataldo Signs Koch Brothers Pledge To Harm Working Families
Friday, June 26, 2015
Kyle Leach-My Thoughts On SCOTUS Backing Marriage Equality

Teenage Kyle saw love as the ultimate expression of human grace and evolution. Human beings talk a lot about love, but really showing it to others is difficult because we've been taught we shouldn't feel, we shouldn't show these feelings.We've been taught compassion is a weakness. Love and sex are sold as hollow commodities that you need to buy to have or express and they are used to make us feel small, inadequate, and uncertain. Love and sex and compassion, expressed in a authentic way, never leave you feeling like that, but it takes a long time to figure all that out and lots of tries getting it wrong, before you get it right.

If you had asked the teen Kyle if he ever would see a day when LGBTQ were treated with dignity and respect and finally acceptance, he would have told you, no, but that it was worth fighting for it even if he wasn't going to see it. He also didn't think he would be able to get married. He wasn't cynical, just a young person surrounded by voices that told him he wasn't worthy of any of those things. He was also well versed in how hard women, people of color, native peoples, immigrants, spiritual minorities and other marginalized groups were still fighting to be treated equally and as whole beings. Court rulings don't change hearts.

The SCOTUS ruling is the latest end, in this iteration of this familiar battle, but make no mistake this is one battle in a very long war. As I said before, court ruling don't change hearts, but, thankfully, one thing I've observed is that people do change other people's hearts. All the marginalized people I mentioned didn't see instant change when courts favored them in rulings. It took decades of further activist work and people getting to know them to get any real growth for any of them. 

Celebrate today. Breathe. It is a wonderful achievement as LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close, but do not forget the sweat, blood, and lives lost over the last century to get to this point. This moment was not free. It had high costs. Go into tomorrow prepared to fight. Now the really, really hard work starts. Fill you lives with love and happiness and watch out for each other. That's the best  way to deal with our opponents and the best way to fill the coming decades and build our continuing legacy.

Read more
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Planet Earth Faces Sixth ‘Great Extinction’ Event

“Habitat destruction, pollution or overfishing either kills off wild creatures and plants or leaves them badly weakened. The trouble is that in coming decades, the additional threat of worsening climate change will become more and more pronounced and could then kill off these survivors.” Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge

Read more
Black Lives Matter ! Market Square, Portsmouth Sunday June 28th 4- 5pm

The recent events in South Carolina and the inappropriate responses from the media and supposed leaders in our nation show that we are not moving forward in reducing inequality in America.

After the absence of accountability in the recent deaths of Freddie Gray, of the assault on innocent teens in Texas, of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and 12 year old Tamir Rice we should not be moving in this direction. These breaking points in humanity’s conscience were thought to have created a new movement in America but obviously more is needed.

Please join us, get involved and show that humanity is better than this and that there will be change.
Presented by Occupy NH Seacoast. Occupy NH Seacoast is a local group working to promote social and economic equality worldwide.
Read more
Monday, June 22, 2015
Tri-Town Dems Hosting Jeff McLynch From NH Fiscal Policy Institute-Thursday, July 9th,7PM


TriTown Democrats to Host Jeff McLynch from the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute on July 9, 2015.

Farmington, New Hampshire  - June 22, 2015 - The TriTown Democrats, representing the Democratic Committees of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham, is proud to host Jeff McLynch, the executive director from the NH Fiscal Policy Institute, to give a talk on the NH State Budget process.  The event will take place at 7:00 PM on July 9 at the Emma Ramsey Center, 424 White Mountain Highway, Milton.

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring, developing, and promoting public policies that foster economic opportunity and prosperity for all New Hampshire residents.  Their emphasis is on low- and moderate-income families and individuals. The Institute, based in Concord, produces regular reports on the fiscal and economic challenges facing New Hampshire and serves as a resource to anyone interested in meeting those challenges in a fair and sound fashion.  NHFPI aims to illustrate recent budget trends, highlight future challenges, and examine the ways in which the New Hampshire budget is used to educate the state’s children, ensure access to health care, promote public safety, maintain public structures, and achieve other critical public priorities.   In its efforts to promote equitable, responsible, and sustainable fiscal and economic policies, NHFPI collaborates with two national networks of state-level policy research organizations, the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN).  

Jeff McLynch. the NHFPI Executive Director, manages the organization’s daily operations and oversees its research, communications, and outreach efforts. He previously served as the State Policy Director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, where he helped coordinate its efforts to provide policymakers and the public with accurate and timely information on tax systems across the U.S. Jeff also served as the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

The TriTown Democratic Committee advocates for strong local support of our communities, and supports legislation and candidates that are community minded.  Their activities provide political, economic, and social information for the citizens of the three towns, but also encourages progressive movements in these areas at all levels of government.  Through community involvement, political action, and a shared vision, the group seeks to expand equity and opportunity for all residents of the Towns of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham.  

Contact:  Stan Freeda, Secretary
TriTown Democratic Committee
Read more
Other Countries Change Their Gun Laws After Mass Shootings. Why Not America?

"Let me give you some examples of what other countries are doing: Virtually every other country requires gun licenses -- most places in the U.S. don’t -- and the licensing is typically much stricter than here. The background check in the United States basically just confirms you’re not a convicted felon, and it doesn’t allow for much police discretion. Other countries have a much higher bar to pass. Sometimes you need people to vouch for you. Sometimes they tell your spouse or ex-spouse that you want to get a gun."

"There’s usually also a waiting period. Almost all of those countries require gun training before you’re able to obtain a gun, and once you get a gun, you have to store it properly. Many other countries don’t let you obtain a handgun without a good reason." Harvard professor Dr. David Hemenway

Read more

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.