Sunday, November 29, 2015

Black Lives Matter! Vigil Tuesday, Dec 22nd 5:30pm - 6:30pm

The message of the vigil is that we no longer accept the systematic abuse of people of color, and that the militarized police forces racial profiling, and pattern of excessive force by police are unacceptable, as is all institutionalized inequality.

We can no longer stand by when black lives are discounted. The ongoing deaths of young Black Men are a breaking point in humanity’s conscience and the inception of a new movement in America.

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, November 23, 2015

Why Thanksgiving Is A 'National Day Of Mourning' For Some Americans

"Some would say, 'Why be so dark about it?' Well, it's real, it's truthful, it was a holocaust, and that holocaust must be shared and communicated so that we ensure that mankind doesn't do that to each other again. We know this world is made up of travesty and tragedy. We also know that this world is made of a lot of goodness and hope and honesty and integrity." Cedric Cromwell Chairman and President of the Tribal Council of the Mashpee Wampanoag

"We are Americans as well, and so even today, I sit down at Thanksgiving with family. I do have that Thanksgiving meal on that day with family but it gives me an opportunity to speak to the kids and the family about the truth of the day, and why that day is important to give thanks." Cedric Cromwell Chairman and President of the Tribal Council of the Mashpee Wampanoag

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George Takei: Trump's Comments On Refugees Have A 'Nazi Echo'

"It has a Nazi echo, doesn't it? The Jews had to wear that Star of David, and Donald Trump is saying all Syrians have to carry an ID card and they can, without warrant, go into any Syrian's home or a mosque." George Takei

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Homicides Of Transgender Women In U.S. Reach Alarming High

"Most Americans think it's been an amazing year for transgender rights, but for the transgender community, it's been one of the most traumatic years on record." Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Black Friday Protest-Nov 27th 9-10

at 9:00am - 10:00am

Walmart Somersworth
59 Walton's Way, Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878

Black Friday is a symbol of the consumerism and greed that drives the inequality that is destroying our country!

Please join us on Black Friday to protest greed,consumerism and a company that like many others doesn't pay a living wage because they've manipulated our government to subsidize them and to fight for $15/Hr.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

NH Debates-Senate and House Democratic Leaders Join Call For Additional NH Debate In Press Conference Today

New Hampshire Debates

Senate and House Democratic Leaders Join the Call for an Additional New Hampshire Debate; Press Conference Wednesday

CONCORD, NH – Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn and House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff have joined the 120-member New Hampshire Debates coalition working to facilitate an additional Democratic presidential debate before the February 9th New Hampshire Primary.

Sen. Woodburn and Rep. Shurtleff join nearly three dozen other current legislators who believe New Hampshire voters would benefit from a prime time debate at the height of voters’ attention.  The sole New Hampshire debate is currently scheduled for the Saturday night before Christmas; a suboptimal time slot.

The news of additional legislators and activists signing on to New Hampshire Debates comes as the group is gearing up for  a press conference to discuss a recent meeting with NH1 and the importance of a debate between the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary. The press conference will be at 11:45 AM on Wednesday, November 4 in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building in Concord.

New Hampshire Debates consists of current and former elected officials, town and county democratic leaders, democratic activists, supporters of all three presidential campaigns and undecided leaders who believe strongly that the Primary tradition of free and open debate transcends any one presidential campaign. The coalition has been meeting with media, non-profit organizations, and private and public educational and civic institutions to secure at least one additional debate before the New Hampshire Primary.

The Members of New Hampshire Debates include:

Rep. Michael Abbott
David Allen
Rep. Susan Almy
Jeffery Ballard
Dean Barker
Hon. Mo Baxley
Raj Bhattacharya
Hon. Peter Burling
Dan Calegari
Bernadette Cameron
Beth Campbell
Hon. Lorrie Carey
Hon. Byron Champlin
Rep. Cynthia Chase
Rep. Jackie Cilley
Sen. Martha Fuller Clark
Hon. Burt Cohen
Rep. John Cloutier
Rep. Renny Cushing
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro
Robert Dietel
Clara Dietel
Hon. Dudley Dudley
Gerald Dyer
Rep. Dan Eaton
Lucy Edwards
Hon. Eileen Ehlers
Robert Ehlers
Brent Erstad
Lew Feldstein
Nathan Fennessey
Rep. Sue Ford
Rep. June Frazer
Stan Freeda
Caroline French
Hon. Sylvia Gale
Rep. Jeff Goley
Irvin Gordon
Rep. Sue Gottling
Hon. Martin L. Gross
Ronna Hamelin
Rachel Hampe
Matthew Hancock
Dr. Travis Harker
John Hattan
Zandra Rice-Hawkins
Ann Heffernon
Mary Heslin
Rep. Patricia Higgins
Rep. Timothy Horrigan
Rep. Virginia Irwin
Sen. Andrew Hosmer
Rep. Marty Jack
Hon. Harold Janeway
Rep. Gladys Johnsen
Don Jorgensen
Ed Kaplan
Brian Keaney
Janice Kelbe
Ben Kelley
Karina Kelley
Quinn Kelley
Eric Tolbert Kilchenstein
Rob Lanney
Jonathan Lax
Kyle Leach
Rep. Peter Leishman
Derek Lick
Rep. Pat Long
Hon. Maureen Mann
Rep. Marcia Moody
Kathy Muirhead
Prof. Russ Muirhead
Rep. Mel Myler
James Owers
Linda Paquette
Chia-Huei Parker
David Parker
Hon. Norman Patenaude
Rep. Marjorie Porter
Shana Potvin
Hon. Brian Rapp
Rep. Mario Ratzki
John Rauh
Mary Rauh
Alan Reische
Joan Reische
Hon. Gary Richardson
Ken Roos
Jim Rosenberg
Rep. George Saunderson
Atlant Schmidt
Hon. Jan Schmidt
Rep. Dianne Schuett
Brian Shea
Rep. Steve Shurtleff
Jayme Simoes
Laura Simoes
Dr. Bill Siroty
Rep. Marjorie Smith
Robert Spiegelman
Lynne Starry
Bill Stelling
Tom St. Martin
Jay Surdukowski
Rep. George Sykes
Jim Tetreault
AnnMarie Timmins
Ken Traum
William Tucker
Michael Veilleux
Donna Veilleux
Sen. David Watters
Rep. Lucy Weber
Dan Weeks
Sindiso Mnisi Weeks
Pat Wilczynski
Sen. Jeff Woodburn
Ann Wright
Josh Wyatt

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Let's Rethink The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner By Kyle Leach

Let's Rethink The Jefferson Jackson Dinner By Kyle Leach

It wasn't until I was a town chair that I started to get many invites to dinners, fundraisers, and Dem socials. The invites were always there and I often saw that people I knew were going or saw marketing for the events. Most of the time I don't really pay attention to such things. I prefer to give my money and time to specific candidates and cut out middle men all together. That way the small amounts I do have to give will have the most impact. 

I recently received an invite to the "JJ" Dinner, hosted by the NHDP. This dinner stood out not for the substance or timing or notable figures, but by the name it holds. "JJ" stands for Jefferson- Jackson, as in Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. On the surface they seem like solid historical figures to add a bit of flare to an event. Unfortunately, that is surface gloss and once you think about it just a little bit, these two white men, and I stress white men, don't really seem to represent our contemporary Democratic Party platform at all. 

Both men owned many people and used them as they would as slaves. Both made decisions that greatly harmed native peoples on this continent. Both held offices and made decisions that led to an untold number of injuries, forced relocations, and slaughter. For all the many great things they may have accomplished, those accomplishments do not make up for the horrors they perpetuated.  While they might have been instrumental in the establishment of the Democratic Party, their actions today, warrant a deeper discussion as to their value as representatives of the Party.

In the mid to late 20th century and the early portion of the 21st century Dems have been focused on civil rights and the expansion of human rights and dignity for all living things on the planet. Those ideals are the soul of the party and are worthy of expression and perpetuation. Having an event named after Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson does not fit in with who we are at all. Neither seem to exemplify what we are trying to accomplish. They are leaders of an era quite out of step with ours. While they may seem like historical heroes to white folks of European heritage, they are closer to historical villains in the histories of those we wish to invite into our party as activists and contributors.

You might not think this is very important, after all it is just a name, but how we choose to identify ourselves is quite important. It establishes what we are and what people see first. Paring us with people who now seem like ancient relics of a past most of us would not wish to live in does not help us. It harms us. It makes us seem at best conflicted or incongruous and at worst locks us to a time no modern person can connect with. It makes us unwelcoming to those we wish to welcome and hypocritical to those we say we want to help.

It is important for us to remember our history and know our past, but it is equally important to look at the past and the people in it for all they were. They are representatives of their time, not ours.  We cannot afford to forget or to selectively look at the past. We cannot mystify or absolve horrible actions in history simply because they were commonplace.

The next time someone says to you that they cannot tell the difference between Republicans and Democrats there are often good reasons for that. It starts with the subtle cues of things like an event named after two old white men and extends to our opportunistic duplicity and "evolution" on many an issue. It's time to make our identity clear. It's time to tie our Democratic identity to the future and it is well past time to rename the "JJ" dinner after someone or something which makes us all feel welcome and proud.

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Black Lives Matter! Vigil November 20th 6PM Market Square Portsmouth, NH

November 20th

We can no longer stand by when black lives are discounted. The absence of accountability in the recent deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the death of 12 year old Tamir Rice are a breaking point in humanity’s conscience and the inception of a new movement in America.

The message of the vigil is that we no longer accept the systematic abuse of people of color, and that the militarized police forces racial profiling, and pattern of excessive force by police are unacceptable, as is all institutionalized inequality.

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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Matt Taibbi-The Case For Bernie Sanders

A great look at how voters interact with our election process, how the media interacts with our election process, and how we don't need to accept the process as it is.

"I first met Bernie Sanders ten years ago, and I don't believe there's anything else he really thinks about. There's no other endgame for him. He's not looking for a book deal or a membership in a Martha's Vineyard golf club or a cameo in a Guy Ritchie movie. This election isn't a game to him; it's not the awesomely repulsive dark joke it is to me and many others.And the only reason this attention-averse, sometimes socially uncomfortable person is subjecting himself to this asinine process is because he genuinely believes the system is not beyond repair. Not all of us can say that. But that doesn't make us right, and him "unrealistic." More than any other politician in recent memory, Bernie Sanders is focused on reality. It's the rest of us who are lost." Matt Taibbi

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Goodbye American Dreams, Godbye Middle Class-SSA Wage Report

You can find the report that the Social Security Administration just released right here

"The "raw" average wage, computed as net compensation divided by the number of wage earners, is $7,050,259,213,644.55 divided by 158,186,786, or $44,569.20. Based on data in the table below, about 67.2 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the $44,569.20 raw average wage. By definition, 50 percent of wage earners had net compensation less than or equal to the median wage, which is estimated to be $28,851.21 for 2014."

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Monday, October 05, 2015

David Rothkopf-How Fear Drives American Politics-TED Talk Video

 From the clip description:

Does it seem like Washington has no new ideas? Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the US political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance. Journalist David Rothkopf lays out a few of the major issues that US leadership is failing to address — from cybercrime to world-shaking new tech to the reality of modern total war — and calls for a new vision that sets fear aside.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Jeb! Uncertainty Principle-By Keith McCrea

The Jeb! Uncertainty Principle Written by Keith McCrea

Conventional wisdom has long held that when the dust clears, the Trump fever breaks, and the collective intelligence (ahem) of the Republican primary voter kicks in, support will more than likely coalesce around former Florida governor Jeb Bush. In addition to being informed by history – his damnfool brother and charisma-free dad had, after all, been elected president – it also seemed intuitively correct because Republican primary voters have historically been amenable to heirs-apparent. It represents lazy thinking, but lazy thinking runs like a carcinogenic thru election prognostications throughout political history.

Largely because I find it hard to care yet about the state of the GOP primary, I have fallen victim to this lazy thinking when it comes to Jeb! myself. Last weak, I glibly suggested that Jeb was little threat because, unlike his war pig brother, no one – and I mean no one – wants to have a beer with John Ellis Bush. While I was quick to congratulate myself on my witticism, it led me to spend some time doing actual thinking about how this Bush is faring in the polls. Not surprisingly, the conventional wisdom quickly seemed inadequate.

What I have discovered is something kind of surprising. In order for Jeb! to fulfill the prophesies of the Halperin/Scarborough set, voters would have to migrate from an ever-dwindling field of Establishment candidates to their logical home supporting the Bush Dynasty. While we have only lost two Establishment candidates (Walker and Perry) so far, many others have already been effectively sidelined by their complete lack of support. Sen. Graham and Gov. Jindal never actually had supporters so, by definition, their none-existent supporters couldn’t migrate anywhere anymore than passenger pigeons could flock to Bush. Gov. Christie’s campaign has gone one way (down) since he announced. His support, however, actually did exist. From March thru May of this year, his support hovered between the mid-teens and low twenties. As he’s slid down to the MoE range of 2-3%, one would expect the serious-minded, Establishment voters attracted by Gov. Christie would, naturally, turn to Jeb Bush.

Except they didn’t and no other Establishment candidates’ voters have either. Bush has, in fact, also slid from the teens and low twenties to his current sevenish percent during that same time window. Walker, whose campaign saw a similar slide (albeit over a longer time horizon, from February to July), also apparently offered no voters to Bush. Kasich, who has never risen above mid-single digits nationally, is doing better here in NH and thus a non-analogous case while Sen. Rubio has stayed between 5%-10% since the beginning of the race.

Let me cite an example. In a 4/26 – 4/30 WSJ/NBC poll, the combined Walker/Christie/Bush vote amounts to 42%. It now amounts to 11.4%, slightly more than a third of the vote it commanded in April. While I grant you it is very, very early in the process, one can be forgiven for thinking that maybe, just maybe, the people voting in the GOP primaries this year are less serious-minded, sober, Establishment Republicans and more the lunatics who have, at long last, taken over the GOP asylum.

The polls cited above were found here.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

We Really Do Have Something Left To Say, Something Left To Do-My Thoughts On The 2015 NHDP Convention -By Kyle Leach

I'm not one for sabre rattling or events that create more spectacle than substance, but I sure am glad that the 2015 NHDP convention was held and covered widely, even by the national press. My excitement has less to do with the candidates that were speaking, or the parts of their platforms they covered. Those elements were very predictable; and if you keep track of politics, as I do, you have heard these speeches and sentiments dozens of times at this point, sometimes in their entirety. If you already align with one candidate, and attend local candidate events, you probably have heard the same sentiments, time and again, even more often.

Dems won at this NH convention. But we did not win because of delegates, candidates, speeches, buttons, or placards, but rather because activists took the opportunity to show fellow NH Dems, and the world, that we, as a party, still have things to say. Democrats want to go beyond the party platform, beyond personal politics, and well beyond the "guidance" of our party officials. We, as individuals and members of the party, can still make our voices heard, even when they are being ignored or suppressed. We are still relevant parts of the democratic process. That's exciting.

A large portion of the coverage of the convention surrounded Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her unchanged positions on having more debates and continued threats of sanctions on fellow Dems who don't stick with the dictated marching orders of the Party elite. Activists provided a counterpoint to those Party elites, both outside and inside the arena. Activist actions brought people together from all candidate camps and unified them for a noble, very democratic purpose. While many worked together to make that happen, the true beauty was the serendipity in many of the actions from the audience. It gives me much hope for our party and for human beings as a whole.

Open debate, open critique, open information exchange brings forth the best parts of who we are as Democrats. It allows everyone to see us at our best, and our worst, and allows us to change what needs to be changed, and embolden what we already do correctly. Some Dems are not happy with what happened at the convention. They see it as an attack. They see it as division. They see it as chaos where there should be order and focus. I disagree. I understand how hard it is on people when their expectations are not met. I understand disappointment and uncertainty, but I cannot understand how anyone could see active dissent and not see our ideals being expressed in that dissent.

In the history of our nation rarely have we ever seen real progress without protest. We don’t advance without pushing ourselves out of comfortable positions. Small groups of committed, passionate people have defined action for every major social change we have spearheaded and won. There is never a convenient time for protest. Every moment is the best time to seek redress for what ails our Republic and for what ails our party. If these protests show us anything, they show us that we still have the voice, the focus, and the commitment to take on our own Establishment as well as our foes on the other side of the aisle.

The only thing stopping us, is us.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration

"A serious reformation of our carceral policy—one seeking a smaller prison population, and a prison population that looks more like America—cannot concern itself merely with sentencing reform, cannot pretend as though the past 50 years of criminal-justice policy did not do real damage. And so it is not possible to truly reform our justice system without reforming the institutional structures, the communities, and the politics that surround it."Ta-Nehisi Coates 

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It's Been Nearly 100 Years Since Women Won The Right To Vote, People, So This Is Just Pathetic

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