A powerful podcast which covers the background of why and how our founder, Lawrence Lessig, came up with the idea to form the NH Rebellion.
Credit to Ben Wikler at The Good Fight podcast.
I first heard Rhana Bazzini when she called into the Diane Rehm show on January 7th (39:00 minute) when Lawrence Lessig first described the NH Rebellion plans. At the youthful age of 81...when I have spoken with her over the phone or read her emails her level of energy is closer to 25. Rhana is planning a 330-mile walk from Sarasota to Tallahassee from October to December to bring attention to this root issue that we all know must be addressed.
In addition, Rhana is planning to walk in conjunction with the Granny D Memorial Walk on August 23rd. Please support her or join her if you are able. You can learn more by visiting: ingrannydfootsteps.org. Below is a post from her website that I wanted to share.
"The years fly by faster and faster. Can you believe we’re approaching the fourteenth year of the third millennium? Life is indeed like a roll of toilet paper—the closer to the end, the faster it goes. My dear spouse of fifty-six years died at home on June 9. It was sad to see him go, but much sadder watching him fail so toward the end. But as he himself said, he’d had a good life and had no regrets.
I’ve made the journey from daughter to wife to mother to widow. On the racetrack of life I’ve felt better with each passing decade; 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70. Somehow I felt 80 was going to be a watershed year. On that racetrack at 80 I was rounding the bend with the finish line in sight.
With a lot of time on my hands and being in good health, I decided I wanted to do something to make the world a better place before I “bought the farm.” What I needed was a project. After much thought, Granny D (Doris Haddock) kept popping into my mind. In 1999 at age eighty-nine she walked across the country for campaign finance reform. (For more background, Google Granny D.)
I think the fact that our government has become dysfunctional is not a partisan issue. What is partisan is what to do about it. Here is where I may lose some of you. We can agree to disagree but still be friends.
My original plan was to duplicate Doris’s walk. On second, more realistic thought, I decided to go with Plan B. I am attempting to recruit women over 80 to march to their state Capitols for campaign finance reform. (I may just move to Rhode Island.) I am not naïve enough to think this is the solution, but I do think it is a step in the right direction. It will be an ongoing project, following the weather, walking northern states during the summer, southern in winter. Move to Amend and Public Citizen plus several others are supportive, but I must do the organizing. This may just be a pipe dream, but the shame is not in failing but in not trying in the first place. Please wish me luck!
The current focus is on Florida, where I reside. I will begin my walk on October 13, 2014. Join me if you wish; the whole way, or just a few steps."
To learn more about Rhana and this wonderful project please visit: ingrannydfootsteps.org.
Rhana lacing up her shoes. Photo courtesy of Dan Wagner of the Herald-Tribune.
More than 500 citizens walked the 16-mile New Hampshire seacoast on Saturday, July 5th in support of the New Hampshire Rebellion. Here we capture some of the highlights of this monumental walk. Please follow us on twitter: @nhrebellion or on facebook: facebook.com/nhrebellion or at nhrebellion.org as we continue to move toward make the root problem of systemic corruption of money in politics the #1 issue during the 2016 presidential primary.
Many thanks to Dick Pollock, one of our great supporters and a board member of the Coalition for Open Democracy for putting together this great video from our walk on Saturday, July 5th.
Many thanks to one of our many great supporters Bil Lewis for creating this video of our Seacoast walk on Saturday, July 5th 2014.
As we look forward to our upcoming summer plans and continue our ramp up into 2016, we thought we would take a moment to look back at our time together in January. Our walk in January from Dixville Notch to Nashua marked the start of the New Hampshire Rebellion, a movement dedicated to making systemic corruption in Washington the central issue during the 2016 presidential primary.
Enjoy this new video and please share. Many thanks for your continued help and support and we look forward to seeing you this summer.
In case you missed it, Prof. Lessig's second TED talk on campaign finance reform features a review of the New Hampshire Rebellion and a few other initiatives he's working with. Check it out:
Please enjoy our latest video, entitled "Two Weeks in January." And please share it with your friends, family, and co-workers to let them know that we can indeed make a difference and make corruption the first and foremost issue of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary.
We're hard at work at the hackathon in San Francisco, and we've already come a long way towards developing the tools to empower individuals and groups to work to fight the First Issue of systemic corruption.
One tool we've placed high priority on developing is a way for New Hampshirites to be notified about campaign events, organize someone to ask the question: "What will you do to solve the system of corruption in Washington?" videotape that question - and the candidate's answer - and then publish the video online. It's a big task, but an achievable one, and we've got some incredibly smart people working on it.
We're also working on some other projects, ranging from the mundane to the insane, and we'll have more information, including video from the event soon. In the meantime, we've got some pictures from the Hackathon below.
Prof. Lessig address the Hackathon via Skype
Teams working on the application we've code-named "Questionr"
Gabriel Grant at the whiteboard during the Questionr planning session.
As the week turned to events and presentations, this journal (and sleep) were pushed to the side.
Monday was a short and overflowing walk from Canterbury to Concord, ending up on the steps of the Capitol, singing the song Colin Mutchler wrote for us (and which I am still wishing someone would remix).Read more