Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 NH Progressive Summit Sat June 25th Southern NH University

From GSP:

We are excited to announce that the 2016 NH Progressive Summit will be Saturday, June 25th at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester!

Co-hosted by Granite State Progress and the NH Citizens Alliance for Action, along with many other sponsoring organizations, this annual event provides space for new and existing activists to come together and hear from inspiring 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 “Investing in Our Future.” This year’s theme is “Standing on the Brink.” Our state and country are at a critical juncture, and the decisions we make in the near future will have lasting implications for the legacy we leave behind us. 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 2016 NH Progressive Summit will confront the diverging paths forward and what we can do.

The 2016 NH Progressive Summit will be a jam-packed, action-oriented, day-long event, with workshops and fabulous speakers – you won’t want to miss it! Registration is $25 per participant for a full day or $15 for a half day in advance or $35 at the door, with a limited number of scholarships available.

More information will be available shortly. In the meantime, visit the NH Progressive Summit website to learn more about past summits, or to get registered. See you there!

In progress,
Zandra, Tim C., Tim, and the rest of the Granite State Progress team

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There’s Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S.

“Suicide is not just a mental health issue — it is a public health issue, and it is preventable. There are quite a few programs that have been shown to effectively prevent suicide, and at the CDC we are continuing to evaluate innovative suicide prevention strategies.” Kristin Holland, a behavioral scientist in the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention Surveillance.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Medical Error Is Third Biggest Cause Of Death In The US, Experts Say

“Sound scientific methods, beginning with an assessment of the problem, are critical to approaching any health threat to patients. The problem of medical error should not be exempt from this scientific approach.” Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine

Photo credit: Seluryar via / CC BY-SA

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Show #Solidarity With Striking #Workers At Verizon-May 5th Day Of Action

Support the men and women on strike for good jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.
  National Day of Action on May 5. 

From Stand Up To Verizon:

Save the Date! Join us for a May 5 National Day of Action to fight for good jobs at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.

We'll be back in touch soon with more information about actions at Verizon Wireless stores near you and how you can join the fight online.

40,000 men and women are still on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless determined to fight for as long as it takes to protect good jobs.

This strike is bigger than Verizon. It's about protecting good, hometown jobs in this country. It's about securing a brighter future for our families and our communities. It's about standing up to a handful of rich and powerful interests to make sure the needs of working families are met.
That's why it's so important for all of us to stand with the working people at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.

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Exploitation Of #Animals For Human Entertainment Is Cruel -NH Ringling Bros.Circus #Protest: May 2016

Please join us as we protest the Ringling Bros. Circus coming to Manchester, New Hampshire.

The exploitation of animals for human entertainment is cruel and is not entertainment.

Posters will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

May 5th 5:30-7pm
May 6th 5:30-7pm
May 7th 1:30-3pm
May 8th 1030am -12pm.

Verizon Wireless Arena: 555 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101

Parking is available on the street or in the parking garage near by.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Senator @WoodburnJeff Praises House Vote To Protect Victims Of Unauthorized Disclosure Of Sexually Explicit Images


Following the House passage of SB 465, which closes a loophole in current law in order to protect victims of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images, Sen. Jeff Woodburn released the following statement:

 “Disclosure of sexually explicit material without consent and for no legitimate purpose causes immediate, devastating, and potentially irreversible harm to victims of this crime,” said Senator Woodburn. “Unfortunately, rapid advances in technology have created a loophole in our state laws that prevent prosecution of this crime. SB 465 closes this loophole and establishes a penalty for this devastating crime.” 

 “The ability of people to gain access to and distribute private, sexually explicit material has raised all sorts of issues that we could have never imagined even just a few years ago. Police and prosecutors are seeing an increase in these types of crimes, but need the tools to protect victims of this crime.”

 “I thank the House for their swift approval of this important legislation and for supporting the victims of this devastating crime.”


April 20, 2016
Contact: Ryan Mahoney

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

#BigOil Giants Spend $115 Million A Year To Oppose #Climate Policy

Oil Giants Spend $115 Million A Year To Oppose Climate Policy

“While we regard our estimations as conservative, they still represent significant use of shareholder funds to obstruct ambitious climate policy." British research organization Influence Map

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The New Gilded Age: Close To Half Of All Super PAC #Money Comes From 50 Donors

The last period political wealth was so concentrated was in 1896. Corporations and banking moguls backed McKinley, the Republican candidate, and outspent Democratic rival William Jennings Bryan.
“The peak of the system for tapping corporations and rich people came in the McKinley campaign” I think that would be an equivalent.” Michael Malbin, executive director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inside Big Oil's #Climate Change Cover-Up

“Oil companies had an early opportunity to acknowledge climate science and climate risks, and to enable consumers to make informed choices. They chose a different path. The public deserves to know why.” Carroll Muffett, president Center for International Environmental Law

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

James Hansen's #Climate Bombshell: Dangerous Sea Level Rise Will Occur in Decades, Not Centuries

 "We’re in danger of handing young people a situation that’s out of their control." Dr. James Hansen

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Chris Boeskool-When You’re Accustomed to #Privilege, #Equality Feels Like #Oppression

An excerpt from Chris Boeskool's piece “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” :

And things started making a little more sense to me. All this anger we see from people screaming “All Lives Matter” in response to black protesters at rallies. All this anger we see from people insisting that their “religious freedom” is being infringed because a gay couple wants to get married. All these people angry about immigrants, angry about Muslims, angry about “Happy Holidays,” angry about not being able to say bigoted things without being called a bigot... 

They all basically boil down to people who have grown accustomed to walking straight at other folks, and expecting them to move. So when “those people” in their path don’t move — when those people start wondering, “Why am I always moving out of this guy’s way?”; when those people start asking themselves, “What if I didn’t move? What if I just kept walking too?”; when those people start believing that they have every bit as much right to that aisle as anyone else — it can seem like their rights are being taken away.

Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

.@SenatorShaheen Introduces Legislation To Impose Sanctions On Foreign Individuals Responsible For Violence Against the #LGBT Community

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Impose Sanctions on Foreign Individuals Responsible for Violence Against the LGBT Community
(Washington, DC) –U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), along with Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), has introduced the Global Respect Act, legislation that would impose sanctions on foreign individuals responsible for human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals abroad.  Similar legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1) in response to a United Nations report that found thousands of incidents of physical violence are committed against LGBT individuals each year.
“While we’ve seen tremendous progress towards equality in the United States, the fact remains that the LGBT community is still under threat both here at home and around the world,” said Senator Shaheen. “No one should live in fear of physical violence or oppression because of their sexual orientation or sexual identity. The Global Respect Act would send a strong message to the international community and a stern warning to those who persecute LGBT individuals that the United States will continue to defend human rights.”
"For the United States to hold true to our commitment to defending the human rights of all people around the world, we must stand with the LGBT community in their struggle for recognition and equality everywhere,” said Senator Markey. “With the rights of the LGBT community under attack around the globe, we must stand hand-in-hand with them in the struggle to ensure equality for all people around the globe."
“LGBT rights are core human rights,” Senator Wyden said. “This bill sends the message that America will hold individuals responsible if they persecute people on the basis of who they love or how they identify. The United States needs to lead by example and ensure that LGBT rights remain an important part of U.S. policy both at home and abroad.”
There are currently 75 countries that criminalize consensual same-sex relations, and in ten countries consensual same-sex relations are even punishable by death. Several countries, including Russia, have newly instituted or proposed laws outlawing “LGBT propaganda,” a vague term that has been interpreted to mean any public statement in support of LGBT rights or LGBT individuals. The Global Respect Act would:
  • Require the Executive Branch to biannually send Congress a list of foreign persons responsible for, complicit in, or who have incited extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of human rights based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • Deny or revoke visas to individuals placed on the list;
  • Require the annual State Department Report on Human Rights to include a section on LGBT international human rights, as well as an annual report to Congress on the status of the law’s effectiveness; and 
Require the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to designate a staff position responsible for tracking violence, criminalization, and restrictions on the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in foreign countries based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Could Google Could Technically Fix An Election?

"We are living in a world in which a handful of high-tech companies, sometimes working hand-in-hand with governments, are not only monitoring much of our activity, but are also invisibly controlling more and more of what we think, feel, do and say. The technology that now surrounds us is not just a harmless toy; it has also made possible undetectable and untraceable manipulations of entire populations – manipulations that have no precedent in human history and that are currently well beyond the scope of existing regulations and laws. The new hidden persuaders are bigger, bolder and badder than anything Vance Packard ever envisioned. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril." Robert Epstein

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Student Loan Debt Crisis In 9 Charts

This is a striking older piece, from several years ago, from Mother Jones. Unfortunately, the charts and graphs are still relevant. Most of the narrative should still be accurate, but obviously many of the figures would need  to be updated to give a complete picture for 2016, since some time has passed.

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Thomas Piketty On The Rise Of Bernie Sanders: The US Enters A New Political Era

Democrats never truly challenged this choice in the Clinton (1992-2000) and Obama (2008-2016) years, which stabilized the taxation rate at around 40% (two times lower than the average level for the period 1930 to 1980). This triggered an explosion of inequality coupled with incredibly high salaries for those who could get them, as well as a stagnation of revenues for most of America – all of which was accompanied by low growth (at a level still somewhat higher than Europe, mind you, as the old world was mired in other problems).

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