Over the last two years New Hampshire endured one of the worst legislative sessions in history. At the hands of (former) Speaker O’Brien every progressive organization came under attack. He and his legislative cohorts attacked, women, labor, the elderly, and the impoverished.
Throughout the two year session the American Friends Service Committee was there fighting back in every way they could. They teamed up with labor and other community activism groups to protest O’Brien’s actions.
While this session will undoubtedly be a complete 180 from the previous session this does not mean there is not work to be done.
Today the AFSC released their Legislative Agenda. Some of the items on the agenda include: Repealing the Death Penalty, Strengthening Tenants’ Rights, Promoting Affordable Housing, Supporting Prison/Sentencing Reform, and Preserving Marriage Equality. Many of these are expected from the traditional Quaker organization.
Once again AFCE and Organized Labor will be walking hand in hand on some very important issues. The local unions have yet to say what their most important state legislative issues will be, however with the Democrats in control of the house Right To Work for less will not be one of them.
Some of the common legislative goals.
- Raising the Minimum Wage
- A Fairer Tax System
- Stopping Prison Privatization
- Protecting the Most Vulnerable (e.g. Medicaid expansion, human service budgets, predatory lending)
- Protecting Human and Civil Rights (including Collective Bargaining, Voting Rights)
All of these issues have been pushed by labor for many years. You may remember that the NH AFL-CIO was one of the loudest voices when it came to passing a minimum wage law for New Hampshire.
The NH Labor News also publishes important updated from Arnie Alpert of the AFSC. I look forward to working with Arnie and the entire coalition at AFSC.