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Join Fellow Planned Parenthood Supporters At #PinkOut Event In Concord

As Extreme Members of Congress Push for a Federal Government Shutdown, Planned Parenthood Patients and Supporters to Join in #PinkOut Speak Out and Light Brigade to Highlight Need for Planned Parenthood’s Basic Reproductive Health Care

Tuesday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m. at the NH State House Plaza in Concord,
Rain or Shine


NEW HAMPSHIRE – As extremist politicians in Washington continue their attack on women’s health care and seek to block Planned Parenthood from serving patients who rely on publicly funded programs for health care, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England patients, supporters, and allies will join together for  a Speak Out and Light Brigade at the New Hampshire State House as part of a nationwide show of support to highlight the need for the quality reproductive health care PPNNE has provided for fifty years.

Tomorrow’s Speak Out and Light Brigade is one of 245 events across the country to be held by patients and supporters to show they #StandWithPP. Dubbed “National Pink Out Day,” Granite Staters will participate in the Speak Out and Light Brigade in Concord as well as in three student-driven, campus events at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College, and Colby Sawyer College—all in response to efforts by extreme politicians in Congress and New Hampshire to strip Planned Parenthood of critical federal funding and cut millions off from essential reproductive health care. 

DATE: September 29, 2015

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: New Hampshire State House Plaza 

Nationally, Planned Parenthood provides 2.7 million women, men, and young people a year with critical reproductive health care—such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that without us, many patients would literally have nowhere else to turn.


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care for women, men and teens across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 6 health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last year we saw more than 14,000 patients at these sites. 

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.  Follow us on Twitter.

Legislature Upholds Two Of Governor Hassan’s Vetos

Today the NH House met to vote on a number of items including two bills that were vetoed by Governor Hassan.

The first bill to be considered was SB 179 which would change residency requirements for voting in NH.  The House upheld the veto.  After the vote Governor Hassan said:

“The constitutional right of all citizens to vote is the most fundamental right of our democracy, critical to the robust citizen-led democracy we are so proud of in the Granite State, and while we must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent and aggressively prosecute voter fraud, Senate Bill 179 did not do anything to accomplish those goals. We should not adopt arbitrary restrictions that will prevent lawful residents from taking part in the democratic process, restrictions that have been found unconstitutional in other states. Instead, we must always work to ensure that people who are legally domiciled in New Hampshire are allowed and encouraged to participate in our democracy. Moving forward, I will continue fighting to protect the fundamental right of all citizens to vote.”

 Many people agree that these proposed changes to voting laws is an attempt by the Republicans to block people from under the guise of voter fraud.  Accusations of massive voter fraud have yet to be proven, Republicans continue to push laws making it increasingly hard for people to vote. 

Raymond Buckley, Chair of the NH Democratic Party stated:

“When New Hampshire Republicans can’t win on the issues, they seek to disenfranchise voters – it’s as simple as that. Granite Staters have made clear time and again that we will not stand for blatantly partisan attempts to make it harder for citizens to cast a ballot, and New Hampshire Democrats are grateful for Governor Hassan’s leadership on preserving voting rights for all New Hampshire citizens.”

The House also considered overriding the veto of SB 116, removing the requirement to have a license to carry a concealed weapon. Again the House voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of SB 116. After the vote Gov. Hassan said:

“New Hampshire’s current concealed carry permitting law – which Republican Mel Thomson called a ‘sensible handgun law’ – has worked well for nearly a century, safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of our citizens while helping to keep the Granite State one of the safest states in the nation. Senate Bill 116 would have been a step away from that appropriate and responsible policy, which is why law enforcement and public safety officials, as well as citizens across New Hampshire, repeatedly expressed public safety concerns about the bill. I support the Second Amendment and I believe that Americans have a right to responsibly own guns for personal safety, hunting, and recreation, but we must also balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of all New Hampshire citizens to be safe in their communities, a balance that existing law appropriately strikes.” 

The radical bill was opposed by many law enforcement leaders and by a majority of Granite Staters.

After the vote, Chairman Buckley added:

“Republicans in the New Hampshire House and Senate have shown once again that their priorities are backward as they continue to try to enact a radical gun bill that is strongly opposed by law enforcement officers and 71% of Granite Staters. We thank Governor Hassan and Democrats in the legislature for again taking a strong stand to support law enforcement and public safety.”

New Petition To Uphold The Governor’s Veto Of This Reckless Budget

Sign the Petition (1)

Governor Hassan vetoed the Republican budget saying;

“I have vetoed the budget passed by the legislature because it is unbalanced, makes false promises about what it funds, and gives unpaid-for tax giveaways to big corporations, many based out-of-state, at the expense of critical economic priorities, including higher education, health care, public safety and transportation. The long-term impact of these unpaid-for corporate tax cuts will create a more than $90 million hole in future budgets, further eroding our ability to encourage economic growth.”

We must uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and end the unfunded tax giveaways written into this unbalanced budget.

We are calling on all of our elected representatives to vote and uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and force the leadership to work together and find a compromise that will keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction.

The Petition reads:

We believe that New Hampshire is moving in the right direction and this reckless budget will only take us backwards. We must end these unfunded tax giveaways to big business that will blow a $90 million dollar hole in our state budget.

We call on you, our elected representatives, to uphold Governor Hassan’s veto and work together to properly fund the needs and priorities of our great state. Priorities like rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, investing in our public schools, and providing the needed funds to combat the growing heroin epidemic.

Please sign the petition below or click here to sign.


  When you are done signing the petition, please send a letter to you state reps asking them not to fall victim to the “Kansas Tax Cut Trap” that will blow a $90 million dollar hole in our state budget. Click here to send your letter or fill out the form below.



Brackett to be sworn in as new NH AFL-CIO President

Glenn Brackett NH AFLCIO

Concord – Glenn Brackett will be sworn in today as the new President of the NH AFL-CIO. The former Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320 was elected to a 4-year term, succeeding long-time President Mark Mackenzie. The NH AFL-CIO is the largest labor federation in New Hampshire, representing more than 26,000 workers in both the public and private sectors from more than 40 unions.

Brackett issued the following statement:

“I am very proud to take the reins of this great organization. Former President Mackenzie has done more than anyone I know to advance the cause of working men and women here in New Hampshire, and I look forward to carrying forward his legacy of progress and steadfast leadership.

Working men and women in the Granite State deserve leaders that will fight hard for their best interests in Concord and in Washington, DC. They deserve a President who will work with our allies to advance the cause of working people, but who will never back down from a fight when big corporations and politicians put profits ahead of people. And most importantly, they deserve an AFL-CIO that listens to its members and to workers across this great state, and that makes sure everyone’s voice is heard. Those are the values that I’m committed to upholding as President.”

Glenn is the outgoing Business Manager of IBEW Local 2320, where he recently led more than 600 local workers in a successful 130-day strike to secure a landmark agreement with FairPoint Communications, winning major compromises that benefited workers’ health, safety, and security. Glenn is a 1976 graduate of Gorham High School, and currently lives in Northwood with his family.

Seniors To Endorse Maureen Mann For NH House District 32

NH ARA Logo Retired AmericansTowns of Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham

Deerfield – New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans will endorse former NH State Representative Maureen Mann in her bid for re-election to House district 32.

Lucy Edwards, President of our New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans stated, “New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans recognizes Maureen Mann’s commitment to public service. She is a true a champion for education, business and economic development and our environment. With proven ability to work across the aisle in the New Hampshire State House, Mann is our only choice”.

Please join us:

WHO: New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans members and friends

WHAT: Endorsement ceremony for Maureen Mann

WHERE: Old Town Hall 10 Church St. Deerfield NH

WHEN: Monday May 11 @ 11 a.m.


New Hampshire Alliance of Retired Americans represents over 13,000 New Hampshire citizens. For more information on the NH Alliance for Retired Americans visit: http://nhallianceforretiredamericans.blogspot.com/


Kuster Announces $250,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant to Northern Forest Center

Grant will allow the Center to help support economic development in the North Country

Ann kuster head shot LGWASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced that the Northern Forest Center has received a $250,000 Rural Community Development Initiative Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Center will use the funding to provide technical assistance to the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) in support of NCIC’s economic development services across the North Country.  The grant will assist the Northern Forest Center and NCIC in improving the food system network in the North Country.

“The Northern Forest Center and the Northern Community Investment Corporation are doing phenomenal work helping to support economic growth and job creation in an area of the state that really needs it,” said Congresswoman Kuster.  “This grant will help these two organizations improve the food system network in the region, which will boost local economies and increase access to natural, delicious foods grown right here in New Hampshire.   I congratulate the North Forest Center on this grant award and thank them for all of their work on behalf of economic development and sustainability in the North Country and around our state.”

“Our agricultural, tourism, and forest product businesses are so important to the economy in northern New Hampshire and northeastern Vermont,” said Rob Riley, President of the Northern Forest Center. “This grant from USDA will enable the Northern Forest Center and NCIC to continue providing support and innovation services to these working lands businesses.  We value USDA Rural Development as a key partner in this work, and are grateful their support.”

The Rural Community Development Initiative Grant program supports private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.

NEXTGEN Clinate NH Announces Earth Week 2015 Events Across The Granite State. 

MANCHESTER, N.H.—This week, NextGen Climate will be hosting a series of events on college campuses throughout New Hampshire to celebrate Earth Week and mobilize Granite State voters around the issue of climate change ahead of the 2016 election cycle.


“In the fight against climate change and the anti-science politicians who prevent action on the issue, students are among our most important advocates,” said Pete Kavanaugh, Senior Advisor for NextGen Climate New Hampshire. “With so many great events planned, Earth Week 2015 is the perfect way to kick off our efforts at New Hampshire’s colleges and universities. Climate action voters played a critical role in the Granite State in 2014, and we’re excited to continue working with Granite State students in the coming weeks and months.”


Events this week will include:


Wednesday, April 22

·      University of New Hampshire: EarthFest kick-off, with events from 1:00–8:00 p.m. at the UNH FishBowl

·      Oyster River High School: Do the Math Event, 12:30–2:30 p.m. 


Thursday, April 23

·      University of New Hampshire: EarthFest continues, with events from 4:00–10:00 p.m. at the UNH FishBowl


Friday, April 24

·      University of New Hampshire: EarthFest continues, with events from 7:00–10:00 p.m. at the UNH FishBowl

·      Dartmouth University: Farm Fresh Friday, 3:00–6:00 p.m. at Beta Lawn on Webster Avenue


Saturday, April 25

·      University of New Hampshire: EarthFest continues, with events from 1:00–10:00 p.m. at the UNH FishBowl in front of Scott Hall

·      Keene State College: SolarFest, hosted by Campus Ecology, from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at 229 Main Street

·      Plymouth State University: Earth Jam, from 12:00–10:30 p.m. on the Hub Green

·      Saint Anselm College: Barbecue, 12:00–2:00 p.m., location TBD


Sunday, April 26

·      University of New Hampshire: SolarFest, from 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on the UNH Boulder Field


For the latest updates on NextGen Climate in New Hampshire, follow us onTwitter and our official blog.

Tell Congress NO To Fast Track: A Special Message From AFT

This is a special message from AFT Secretary Treasurer Loretta Johnson.


Yesterday, I spoke at a rally here in D.C., where hundreds gathered to urge Congress to put the brakes on “fast-track” trade deals that will hurt American workers. I don’t need to convince you that transparency is important when it comes to making decisions about our economy, jobs, safety and the environment. Unfortunately, just a few hours ago, the Senate introduced legislation that undercuts the public’s voice on free trade agreements through this fast-track legislation.

Click here to tell Congress NO to fast-track.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated in secret between the United States and 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. And legislation granting fast-track authority would enable corporate power-grabs like the TPP to be rushed through Congress, circumventing ordinary review, amendment and debate procedures.

The TPP will create rules and obligations that govern an estimated 40 percent of the world’s economy, yet few Americans are aware of its impact or even its existence. Unfortunately, the last 20 years of corporate-driven free trade policy have created a downward spiral in which jobs have been shipped overseas and worker, environmental and consumer protections have been eroded.

We cannot allow corporate interests to determine trade policy like the TPP. We must urge Congress to fend off the corporate call for fast-track.

Smart trade policy has the potential to promote shared global prosperity, which is why our communities—NOT multinational corporations—must be the driving force in shaping trade policy.

Please urge your members of Congress to protect our economy, jobs, environment and public health by opposing fast-track legislation.

In unity,

Lorretta Johnson

AFT Secretary-Treasurer

One more thing: Would you help us by sending this tweet?: To preserve & protect US jobs Congress must stop Fast Track for the TPP! #StopFastTrack

AFT’s Weingarten: Walker Will Say and Do Anything to Attack Workers

WASHINGTON— Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Gov. Scott Walker’s signing of the so-called right-to-work bill in Wisconsin:

“During his campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised not to amp up his attacks on workers. But when he decided to run for president, he kicked that commitment to the curb. In the last two weeks, he has compared working people to ISIS, has celebrated President Reagan’s bust of the air traffic controller strike as a ‘significant foreign policy decision,’ and now has signed into law a bill that will drive down wages, destroy good jobs and break the backs of unions. By his actions and statements, Walker has revealed that his plan to win the Republican nomination is a willingness to say and do anything to attack and tear down workers. It’s cynical and sad, and will ultimately fail.

“Scott Walker fails the test of common decency and common sense. If you want good jobs, then you also must stand up for the workers who hold them. If you want a strong middle class, then you can’t take out the unions that built it. If you want higher wages, then workers need a voice.

“Governors of our nation, you have a decision to make. You can take your state the way of Wisconsin, where Gov. Walker’s attacks on workers and tax cuts for the wealthy have landed the state, which is ranked 32nd for business and 27th in economic climate, with a $2 billion deficit. Or you can look over to Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton has stood with workers and raised taxes on the wealthy few. Minnesota has a $1 billion surplus and is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for business and economic climate.

“The workers of Wisconsin are resilient. They will continue to fight back and wait until they have a governor who will work with them, not work to break them.”

So-Called Right-to-Work Law an Assault on Working People in Wisconsin

Statement of Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA 

Washington, D.C. – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s action to sign so-called “right-to-work” into law:

With today’s attack on the middle class by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, half of the states in our nation have now implemented so-called “right-to-work” legislation. That leaves only half of the country in states where working people have the freedom to prosper by joining together in unions.

The tide of anti-prosperity legislation, financed by far-right extremist tycoons who buy governors such as Walker, is particularly an assault on those who work with their hands and service the great state of Wisconsin. It is by having the freedom to join together in a union that construction workers build careers, earn family-supporting pay and stay safer on the job. It is through unions that wage disparities are reduced or eliminated. 

As the Wisconsin governor darts around the world seeking money for his Presidential campaign, he has made clear that his vision for America is one of dramatically increased income inequality, class warfare waged by the rich, and shrinking rights for all but a wealthy elite.

We will continue to inform and mobilize our members to fight for America. Our country is not about deceptive slogans and low-wage work, but rather about opportunity and the freedom of our families to prosper. 


The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America. 


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