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.

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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

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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.
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Monday, June 22, 2015
Tri-Town Dems Hosting Jeff McLynch From NH Fiscal Policy Institute-Thursday, July 9th,7PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

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
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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

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Friday, June 19, 2015
LIVES LOST: The Victims Of The Charleston Church Shooting


"I've had to make statements like this too many times. Communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. ... We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." President Barack Obama



Charleston Church Shooting Victims Ranged from Pastors to Politician to Girls' Track Team Coach

 
Victims of Charleston church shooting massacre were diverse group brought together by Christian faith



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Don’t Know About Right-Wing Terrorists? Conservatives Fired The Guy Studying Them

 
“DHS is scoffing at the mission of doing domestic counterterrorism, as is Congress. There’ve been no hearings about the rising white supremacist threat, but there’s been a long list of attacks over the last few years. But they still hold hearings about Muslim extremism. It’s out of balance.Daryl Johnson,  counterterrorism analyst, Homeland Security
 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Strafford Democrats Celebrate Flag Day-Recap And Photos


We always enjoy ourselves when we are able to attend one of the Strafford Dems events. This one was no less fun, though it was the first time they have had a picnic for a event and they did hold it a bit later in the year than they normally do. The Kitz Farm is gorgeous and the local dems had decorated the barn and outside spaces with festive decor and their spirits were just as colorful.

They had live music, which was wonderful, and had more food choices than I expected. Burgers and grilled chicken, all kinds of salads to choose from and for dessert delicious brownies and ice cream. They had three items for the raffle this time. The coveted item was a beautiful hanging basket with and assortment of red, white, and blue flowers.

As they are trying to attract families, they had planned all kinds of games for fun. The egg toss the favorite of participants and spectators alike. Larry Brown and Bob Perry had expert egg tossing skills and won that contest. It was amazing to see how far they could toss something you think is very, very fragile.

As I've said before if you miss the Strafford Dems event, you're the one that looses out. They are one of the most warm and inviting groups I know. Enjoy the photos below!



Those interested in joining the Strafford Town Democrats can call Bob Perry at 269-4651. The group meets regularly on the first Tuesday each month at the Hill Library at 7 p.m. Their July 7 meeting is open to the public and will feature State Employees’ Association Field Director Joe Cicirelli discussing labor issues.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
Is the Leading Nutrition Science Group in Big Food's Pocket?




"The nearly 90-year-old nonprofit, comprising 5,000 scientists and experts, publishes the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and claims to "bring together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals." But according Simon, the group's coziness with corporate sponsors calls its research into question."


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Rochester Democratic Committee Issues And Answers Meeting



From the Rochester Dems:

Welcome to the Rochester NH Democratic Committee!

Why Americans love to hate Polls!

The phone rings, and you hesitate to answer. Is this a legitimate poll? Is it a push poll? How long is it? Do you have time?

 
Andy Smith, Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center looks at the development of the modern political poll, why they have become so common, and the impact they have had on politics and policy. He will also discuss rules and structures of polls as well as legal issues surrounding polls in NH.

We would like to invite you to come to the monthly meeting of the Rochester Democratic Committee. Our meetings are 3-fold and fun: learn something, make some plans, then socialize! Our meetings are open to any registered Democrat from Rochester, as well as Democrats from the surrounding area. Select Independent voters will be allowed as well upon request. The meetings are free to attend (except the fine print of the RDC Social club!).  Come Join us!
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
2015 NH Progressive Summit-June 27th, Hennicker, NH


2015 NH Progressive Summit

Saturday, June 27th

New England College in Henniker, NH

 Click to Register

Granite State progressives proudly stand together to advance the American values of equal opportunity and mutual responsibility, effective government, and the hope for a stronger, better future for all of us. This annual event provides space for new and existing activists to come together and hear from inspiring keynote speakers, as we collectively learn, train, and mobilize for the many issue and electoral challenges and opportunities we face together.

Last year’s NH Progressive Summit theme was “Building the Progressive Movement.” This year, the theme is “Investing in Our Future.” What are the steps we can take today to create a better future for all Granite Staters tomorrow? How do we organize for short-term success while communicating broader progressive values for the long-term? Whether it’s advancing pro-active legislation at the state and federal level, guarding against conservative rhetoric, or challenging corporate political corruption of our legislative and electoral process – the 2015 NH Progressive Summit will highlight the investments we can make today to build a better future.



 

 

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Strafford Democrats Hosting 1st Annual Flag Day Picnic-June 14th

 
 
We have also provided more information below for convenience in ordering tickets and a link to the Kitz Farm website.  When we visited there today to install a sign announcing this event on the 14th, George Kitz was cutting his fields for hay production.  One of the most beautiful locations in town and maybe beyond.  You can decide by clicking on the link.  

Our own Chaz Proulz will provide the musical entertainment, including a song he wrote years ago about Guinta's $355,000.00 legal problem.  Chaz will likely be joined by two additional musicians to accompany him.

Hope the additional information below is helpful and you will support this - hopefully - first annual Flag Day Picnic.  
 
Visit the Kitz farm at:

For ordering tickets through Act Blue:

Vsit the Strafford Dems at:
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Climate Change On The Agenda For Tri-Town Democrats June 11th Meeting


Climate Change on the Agenda for TriTown Democrats

The New Durham Democratic Committee will host the June 11th meeting of the TriTown Democrats at the New Durham Public Library. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation by David Hughes, Seacoast Field Director for NextGen Climate NH. NextGen Climate NH is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to fighting climate change and promoting renewable energy and sustainability in New Hampshire. He will speak about what the organization is trying to accomplish this election season, including helping voters to take political action by writing letters to the editor and asking candidates tough questions about climate change.

Anyone interested in learning about the impacts of climate change on New Hampshire’s ecosystems and economy is encouraged to attend.

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Big Brother, Thy Name Is FBI-Surveillance On Citizens


"These are not your grandparents' surveillance aircraft, if the federal government is maintaining a fleet of aircraft whose purpose is to circle over American cities, especially with the technology we know can be attached to those aircraft."  Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the ACLU

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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.