July 4th Walk Announced

POSTER.jpgLast year, over 500 of you joined us on our 16-mile Independence Day walk from Hampton Beach to Fort Constitution in New Castle. 

This July 4th, we're upping the ante with two simultaneous '2016' themed walks – 20 miles from Rochester and 16 miles from Hampton – converging in downtown Portsmouth with a rousing call to make systemic corruption of money in politics the core issue of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. You will not want to miss the finale event in Prescott Park, complete with barbecue, ice cream, and games! 

Will you join us this July 4th?

In addition to July 4th, we are continuing to Walk the Talk on the streets and in our neighborhoods throughout the coming months to unite the vast majority of Granite Staters who care first and foremost about a government free of corruption. 

Please pick a route and register for July 4th today! 

Walk on – Ellen, Jeff, and the entire NH Rebellion team

P.S. There's still time to register for our Memorial Day weekend walk this Saturday from Lebanon to Hanover! And you can now set-up your own walk, no matter where you live, using our new Walk the Talk platform and toolkit!

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Upper Valley Walk Reminder

We are only three days away from the exciting Upper Valley Walk for Democracy!  The weather report says 67 degrees and sunny, so it'll be a great day to walk for democracy.  Please do register to join us.

I also want to let you know about our sign-making party on Friday night from 5-7PM.  We'll be in Collis Hall, Room 219, on Dartmouth's campus.  It'll be a great opportunity to get to know some fellow walkers, and to make sure you're getting your message across in your own voice.  

Make sure also to share our facebook event for the walk, and to invite your friends.  Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!
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Lessig in Seattle, June 4th

We wanted to let our supporters in the Seattle area know that Lawrence Lessig will be speaking in Seattle on Thursday, June 4th, at the Town Hall Seattle venue, alongside bestselling author Marianne Williamson. 

If you can make it, you’ll be able to hear directly from both Lessig and Williamson at the event and afterwards at an informal reception.

Tickets are $15 for the movie and reception, and every dollar of those funds will be used to support the work of the New Hampshire Rebellion to reduce the corrupting influence of money in American politics. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Please note, this event is expected to sell out so please be sure to purchase a ticket online in order to secure a seat.

Here is a direct link to the event on the Town Hall Seattle venue site, and here is the Facebook event

This event will also feature the Seattle premiere of "Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet" which covers some of the current work of the New Hampshire Rebellion. 

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Supporter Conference Call (5/15)

NHRebellion Supporter Conference Call with Beth Grunewald, Dan Weeks, Ellen Read, Jeff McLean, and Lawrence Lessig on May 15th, 2015

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Special Announcement

It seems like every day brings news of another presidential candidate setting up a Super PACs, raising millions of dollars, and then getting into the race. One leading contender plans to raise $2,500,000,000 – double the previous spending record – while another has decided to effectively outsource his entire campaign to keep on collecting unlimited contributions. Not a pretty picture.

In response, we have an announcement of our own. It may not involve as many zeros but we think it’s worth sharing just the same. For the past few months, our team has been hard at work on a pair of exciting innovations to help us multiply our walks and our candidate questioning during the presidential primary. Now, we're rolling them out to you below and in our first Telephone Town Hall with NHR founder Lawrence Lessig at 4pm!  

1. Walk the Talk Platform

announce_platform.pngDid you know that NH Rebellion supporters hail from 41 states? Or that supporters in more than half of states have either walked with us in New Hampshire or walked in solidarity from afar? Considering the breadth of our movement and the fact that our first two walks of 2015 garnered hundreds of press hits reaching millions of fellow citizens, imagine how much potential there is to grow the movement between now and Election Day 2016? 

That’s where you and our new Walk the Talk Platform and Toolkit come in! The first thing you’ll notice is the slew of upcoming walks already planned in the Granite State over the next few months – including our epic 20+16 mile Independence Day walk on July 4th. We hope you’ll sign up right away and encourage your friends to the do the same!

But that’s not all: we want you to consider organizing a walk (or hike!) of your own this summer or fall, with support and materials from us. It can be as simple as gathering a few friends to make signs and walk with you in a July 4th parade, which we’ll advertise on the site. Whatever you have in mind, please drop us a line and we’ll be glad to help. We can’t build this movement without you. 

2. Questionr.us - Ask the Question

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Our brand-new Questionr tool makes it easy to locate presidential candidates, ask them the Question, and track their responses via video upload. By deploying volunteers to every candidate event and crowd-sourcing their solutions (or lack thereof) to systemic corruption, we will elevate the debate and help ensure the next president is committed to reform on day one. It’s grassroots organizing and publicity — with a helping hand from technology. Now all we need is you!

We'd love to hear your feedback, questions, and ideas as we road-test these new tools and work out any remaining kinks – please be in touch!

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Patriots Day

Last Saturday was Patriots’ Day, and the NH Rebellion celebrated in style - by walking the talk for democracy and asking the question at the biggest gathering of 2016 candidates yet.  Nearly 100 people participated along the 15-mile route, and between the historical reenactments and the hamburgers, a good time was had by all.  

A spirited group of walkers started the morning in Lowell, Massachussetts at the Pawtucket Congregational Church.  Paul Revere, played by our own Ellen Read, led them north from under the church’s ringing Revere bell.  We were all grateful for the hospitality of the Pawtucket congregation and their Reverend, Ruth Richards.

The walkers enjoyed sunny skies on their way to Nashua City Hall, where they were overjoyed by the crowd awaiting them.  At first, King George III tried to steal the microphone and praise how thoroughly the American campaign finance system concentrates political power in the the hands of an oligarchic elite, but he was soon put in his place when Paul Revere came riding into the square to raise the cry "The fat-cats are coming!" and call on the assembled patriots to put an end to systemic corruption once and for all in 2016. Paul Revere was followed by 15 year-old walker Ella McGrail, whose stirring adaptation of Henry Longfellow’s poem inspired the assembled crowd to continue Revere's patriotic cause in our time.  Jeff Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People, also spoke about the growing national movement to stop the corrupting influence of money in politics after Citizens United.

When the group departed for the Crowne Plaza hotel, the walkers stretched for several blocks.  Some carried signs, others carried flags. Many wore patriotic Paul Revere hats, and all lent their voices as we approached the presidential summit.  Intrigued by the commotion, much of the local and national media attending the summit came out to hear us, and Paul Revere was able to deliver our anti-corruption message to a broad audience. 

After all that hard work, the walkers deserved a celebration, and they had one just across the street from the presidential summit.  We grilled burgers and hotdogs, enjoyed Ben & Jerry’s, and marvelled at the Stamp Stampede’s Amend-o-Matic Stanpmobile before packing up the flags and calling it a day.  A huge thank you to all of the walkers and drivers who made this latest march for democracy a success!  Check out pictures, video, and media coverage.

Get ready to march again on Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th, and beyond (details coming soon)!

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Ride Again - A poem by Ella McGrail

Ride Again

DMW_1945.jpegOne if by land and two if by sea,
And the die had been cast by the lamplight’s decree,
From the eye of the night in a cold belfry perch,
America burned from the peak of the church.

We were a line in an empire’s plan,
A pawn in the palm of Great Britain’s hand,
Yet in the most wretched and ragged of states,
We dealt England a blow and conquered our fates.

We were not impoverished, not wanting for bread,
Yet we would not settle to be sheltered and fed,
We demanded our freedom, where our spirit derives,
A dream for which thousands would lay down their lives.

And we’ve lived with that pride near three centuries in,
We showed to the world that the people could win,
We have fought to preserve through fire and brawl,
Liberty, freedom, and justice for all.

Yet here once again we have come under siege,
Though the enemy now does not lie overseas,
It is growing within us, a monster we’ve bred,
By greed and by excess it’s nurtured and fed.

The voice of the people and the power it’s owed,
Is being dismantled, dishonored, and sold,
And America’s choices, the people’s to make,
Now so grossly distorted for the wealthiest’s sake.

We look to our leaders in both of the wings,
And see nothing but puppets on the plutocrat’s strings,
The papers are lost, now made deaf to the truth,
And the high court’s decision has swept up the proof.

Bastardized now is the source of our pride,
The country split between two bitter sides,
It seems that to fight would be fruitless and yet,
The dream of this nation we must not forget.

Our most precious doctrine above any other,
Is that not one life is worth more than another,
Prestige and position don’t make one more whole,
And no wealth of no size can outweigh any soul.

They can muffle our cries but they are there still,
They can weaken our rights but they can’t touch our will,
No matter the odds, the length, or the strain,
We have conquered injustice and we’ll do it again.

We thank the brave others who fought to the last,
And remember the message that rings from the past,
The reason for fighting is stronger than fear,
For posterity’s sake and for those we hold dear.

This precious idea’s a perennial seed,
It’s only a matter of when it succeeds,
Under any condition it’s able to cope,
And the only defeat is giving up hope.

We must hold our faith and never lose sight,
That our cause is not easy but Lord is it right,
To keep us a country where freedom is sought,
And never a country where freedom is bought.

Liberty’s essence is our right to choose,
I pray we’ll not wait till we’ve nothing to lose,
For the sake of the future and the name of what’s been,
Nation, I ask you, to ride once again.

(written by Ella F.W. McGrail / April 2015 )

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NH Rebellion will be in Nashua April 18, but not allowed at the FITN Republican Leadership Summit

NHRebellion registered as a sponsor of the Republican Party’s First-in-the-Nation [FITN] Leadership Summit. We were disappointed to learn on Tuesday that the New Hampshire Republican Party decided to cancel our sponsorship.

Since it appears too late to urge the NHGOP to reconsider their decision, we will be relying on our conservative supporters and New Hampshire media attending the event to respectfully ask all candidates this one question: “What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?” and to share with us video or audio recordings of their responses so that what they say becomes a matter of public record.

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Why Pres. Obama's suggested Mandatory Voting plan wouldn't address corruption

President Obama, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, was asked what he thought he could do about the issue of money in politics. And his answer - for the short term, at least - is to suggest that America make voting mandatory, as they do in Australia.

Whatever advantages to mandatory voting, it wouldn't do anything to stop the flow of money in politics. Indeed, it may worsen the problem, as the most apathetic towards voting would be most likely to be affected by the expensive advertising campaigns that require politicians to sell out to the highest bidder.

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Our Next Act

Ours is no ordinary drama.

Act 1 [complete]: Walk 12,081 miles through the New Hampshire snow to show the nation that We the People are fed up with big money corrupting our politics, and we won’t stand by. Thanks to your incredible sacrifice, our January walk was the biggest and boldest demonstration of citizen support for reform in memory, giving hope to many and winning headlines around the nation. Check out this CNN story and read our Report to the Movement to see how far we’ve come. 

Act 2 [underway]Ask the Question of every presidential candidate until they commit to real reform of money in politics. Sign our petition today demanding the candidates answer our Question, What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics? While you're there, join a local team to question the candidates directly when they visit NH and other primary states – and be sure to request a free bumper sticker! 

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