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Will You Be Effected By The New Voter ID Laws In NH?

This year the NH Legislature passed sweeping reforms in order to vote.  Even though we fought back against Voter ID laws the misguided leadership in the NH House pushed it through.  Now we need to work together to ensure that everyone know what they need to vote.

America Votes, an ally of the AFL-CIO  is working to protect our rights to vote and ensure every votes in this crucial election.  They are looking to find and help anyone who would not be able to vote because of these changes.    .

From America Votes:
This year the NH Legislature passed a bill, HB 1354, that will require a voter to show a photo ID at the polls when they go to vote. This year if a voter doesn’t have an ID they will be allowed to sign an affidavit that will allow them to vote.  We want to hear from you about how this legislation will impact you and your family.  Did a grandparent give up their driver’s license?  Does your 18 year old not have ID yet because they don’t drive?  Are you an out of state student worried about the impact? Send your story to jclark@americavotes.org.

America Votes will help to answer your questions about the new Voter ID laws.  All you need to do is tell them why you may not be able to vote under these new election laws.  They can and will help you.  It is your Constitutional Right to vote, don’t let anyone try to take that away. Know your rights and be prepared when the time comes!

Coming in January 2012: The Next Big Battle to Defend the Middle Class

A Message from Protect NH Families:

As 2011 comes to a close, we are grateful for your support in
our year-long battle to prevent New Hampshire from becoming the
next so-called “right to work” state. We urge you to continue to
stand with us as we fight back against the next round of
reckless, politically-motivated attacks on Granite State
workers, families, and small business.Lobby Days

Here’s a sample of the working-family-unfriendly proposals we’ll
be fighting in the 2012 legislative session:

* HB383 – a bill retained in 2011 as a back-up in case the House Leadership failed to get enough votes to override the Governor’s veto of HB474, the so-called “right to work” bill. HB383 is a version of RTW that weakens collective bargaining rights for state employees, but can be amended to affect a larger pool of Granite State workers and may be called for a House floor vote as early as January 4.

Also up for consideration:

* A bill that would remove affordable health insurance coverage from benefits negotiated in collective bargaining agreements.

* A bill that would revoke collective bargaining rights for all public sector workers.

* Several bills that would undermine the retirement security of state an local public employees.

Not one of these legislative proposals will increase work opportunities or job security for New Hampshire’s hard-pressed middle class, or reduce the number of Granite State working families falling into poverty or near-poverty. Not one of these proposals will improve the state’s economic or employment outlook, short or long term. Not one of these proposals will make our communities safer and healthier, or ensure that our children receive the high-quality education they need to succeed in the 21st Century job market.

Please join us in taking a stand to defend New Hampshire’s middle class in 2012. The two-day kick-off for our Citizen Lobby Days actions will be on January 4 & 5.

We also invite you to join Protect NH Families, our labor partners, and community allies for an interfaith service with Reverend Paul Sherry, D.C. Public Policy Director of the Interfaith Worker Justice organization, on Thursday, January 12 (4:00 PM). The service will center on how the moral teachings of multiple faith traditions impel us to be instruments of economic and worker justice in our own communities and beyond. The service, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, is welcoming to people of all faiths and those with no specific faith tradition. Details for the January 4 & 5 lobby days and the January 12 interfaith service are listed below.

Yours in solidarity,

The Protect NH Families Team
info@protectnhfamilies.org

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 – 8:00am – 4:00pm
Citizen Lobby Day to Defend the Middle Class: 2012 Kick-off, Day One
State House, Concord
Coffee & Check in from 8:00-8:30am
America Votes Office, 4 Park Street, Room 302
Contact: Judy Stadtman, jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Sign Up on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/events/156539551115070/

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 – 8:00am – 4:00pm
Citizen Lobby Day to Defend the Middle Class: 2012 Kick-off, Day Two
State House, Concord
Coffee & Check in from 8:00-8:30am
America Votes Office, 4 Park Street, Room 302
Contact: Judy Stadtman, jstadtman@nhaflcio.org
Sign Up on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/301992096508702/

Join Protect NH Families supporters and our community and labor
allies for our Citizen Lobby day for the first 2012 House
session days on January 4 &5.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 – 4:00pm
Interfaith Service with Rev. Paul Sherry of Interfaith Worker Justice
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Centre Street, Concord
Open to all.
For more information, email economicjustice.nhcucc@gmail.com

In an interfaith service open to people of all faiths (or no
specific faith tradition), Rev. Paul Sherry will deliver a
message about how the moral teachings of multiple faith
traditions impel us to be instruments of economic and worker
justice in our own communities and beyond.

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