Year Two, Day One

Dixville Notch Route Day 1: Dixville Notch to Errol
11 miles, 35 walkers

From Lessig's Tumblr

It was a (relatively) short, beautiful first day walking, from Dixville Notch to Errol, NH — just about 11 miles, with none of the sleet or ice that we suffered last year.

There were couple dozen on the road, including a bunch who had come up from Cambridge in the morning especially in honor of Aaron Swartz, Including Tim Berners Lee, and Aaron’s brother, Noah, with friends. The team this year includes an astrophysicist, a grad student from Hong Kong who had experienced the September protests, my cousin from Wisconsin (who just ran for state rep, and lost by 64 votes to an opponent supported by a dark money superpac) and an incredible number from last year back. 

We ended the night with everyone recounting why they were there. In some important way, we are here because of what happened 2 years ago tonight. 

We have 20 miles in the snow tomorrow. Early night. 


 

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WOKQ's Samuel A. Adams sits down with Director Jeff McLean

Check out this interview that WOKQ's Samuel A. Adams did with New Hampshire Rebellion's Director, Jeff McLean.  

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January Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:media@nhrebellion.org
Phone: 603-242-1145

New Hampshire Rebellion Launches Four Marches Across New Hampshire to End Political Corruption

From Dixville Notch, Portsmouth, Keene, and Nashua to Concord: From one march last winter to four marches in 2015, hundreds of NH residents to unite for change

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Rebellion today announced its second annual walk across New Hampshire, where citizens will be able to send a message to presidential candidates that NH voters are “no longer for sale.” From January 11 to 21, hundreds of walkers will brave the elements and walk more than 250 miles from the four corners of the Granite State, converging on the State House in Concord on January 21st.  Walks will be held simultaneously from Dixville Notch, Portsmouth, Keene, and Nashua. In Concord, NH Rebellion founder Lawrence Lessig and state and national reform leaders will headline a rally in front of the State House.

“The growth of this movement here in New Hampshire shows that people across the state from every political background are taking a stand to stop systemic corruption in our political system” said Jeff McLean, Director of the NH Rebellion, a campaign of Open Democracy. “The demand on candidates to spend the majority of their time raising money from narrow interests artificially heightens polarization and leads to the dysfunction of Congress and its historically low level of public approval. It is time we take on this root issue.”

Last January, 207 walkers marched 190 miles from Dixville Notch to Nashua in cold and snow. The two-week effort reached 3.2 million people nationally and internationally and also reached more 625,000 Granite Staters.

The non-partisan walks represent a continuation of Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s historic walk across the country for campaign finance reform at the age of 90 and also serve as a tribute to internet activist Aaron Swartz.

NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the Concord-based nonpartisan reform organization founded by Granny D. "If the legendary NH reformer Granny D could leave the comfort of her home and walk across the US for the sake of our democracy in her 90th year, we too can brave the cold this January and walk to reclaim our republic from big money special interests," said Dan Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy. "We call on every citizen of the state to join us in declaring to the presidential candidates and the nation that we won't be bought."

To learn more about the NH Rebellion, please visit:www.nhrebellion.org. To register for the walk please visit:walk.nhrebellion.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @nhrebellion and on Facebook at:facebook.com/nhrebellion.

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Granny D

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Our inspiration: As we move quickly toward our January walks we wanted to post about our inspiration. 

Doris "Granny D" Haddock

Doris "Granny D" Haddock (January 24, 1910 – March 9, 2010) was an American political activist from New Hampshire.

Haddock achieved national fame when, between the ages of 88 and 90, starting on January 1, 1999, and culminating on February 29, 2000, she walked over 3,200 miles (5,100 km) across the continental United States to advocate for campaign finance reform.

Haddock's walk across the country followed a southern route and took more than a year to complete, starting on January 1, 1999, in southern California and ending in Washington, D.C., on February 29, 2000.

In 1960, Granny D began her political activism when she and her husband successfully campaigned against planned hydrogen bomb nuclear testing in Alaska, saving an Inuit fishing village at Point Hope. Granny D and her husband retired to Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1972 and there Granny D served on the Planning Board and was active in the community.

After the first efforts of Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold to regulate campaign finances through eliminating soft money failed in 1995, Granny D became increasingly interested in campaign finance reform and spearheaded a petition movement. On January 1, 1999, at the age of 88, Granny D left the Rose Bowl Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, in an attempt to walk across the United States to raise awareness of and attract support for campaign finance reform.

Granny D walked roughly ten miles each day for 14 months, traversing California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas,Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, making many speeches along the way. The trek attracted a great deal of attention in the mass media.

When Granny D arrived in Washington, D.C., she was 90 years old (having begun the journey at

88 and having two birthdays en route), had traveled more than 3200 miles, and was greeted in the capital by a crowd of 2200 people. Several dozen members of Congress walked the final miles with her during the final day's walk from Arlington National Cemetery to the Capitol on the National Mall.

In 2003 and 2004 Doris led a voter registration drive which registered 23,000 people all while traveling in her small RV she named "Rosie".

Granny D wrote three books, all co-authored with Dennis Burke. She ran for the Senate in 2004 as a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Judd Gregg for the U.S. Senate, after the previous Democratic nominee was implicated on a campaign finance scandal. The 2007 HBO Documentary, "Run Granny Run," directed by Marlo Poras, about Granny D's 2004 Senate campaign.

She continued to be active in politics to the end of her life, and celebrated her 98th, 99th and 100th birthday by lobbying for campaign finance reform at the New Hampshire State House. 

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We Walk (MP3)

      

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January 2015 Walk Preview

A preview of the upcoming NHRebellion walk which will take place from January 11th to January 21st 2015. To learn more please visit nhrebellion.org and to sign-up please visit walk.nhrebellion.org

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Money vs. Ideas

Democalypse 2014 - America Remembers It Forgot to Vote: Money vs. Ideas

Courtesy of The Daily Show: An accurate reflection of what we just witnessed. 

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Frustrated Yet?

Mailboxes are overflowing with political flyers. Television channels are flooded with negative advertisements. Email inboxes are inundated with requests for money. (And if you don’t donate, something terrible will happen.)

No wonder political engagement is at an all-time low. 

Politicians spend most of their time fundraising from big donors – a fraction of 1% of the population – instead of serving us just so that they can afford all this advertising. And of course, all those donors expect something in return for their financial support. 

This is corruption and it is time we end it. 

For now, please take your frustration out on this corrupt system by continuing to rally and be unified with the New Hampshire Rebellion.

Later this week, we will formally announce plans for our January 2015 NH Rebellion walk where we will demonstrate the massive — and growing — nonpartisan movement for ending this political corruption. We are going to send a message to politicians that it is time to take action.

When we are successful at knocking down the corruption responsible for America’s political dysfunction, a new system of cooperation and results will emerge from the rubble.

The outpouring of support we have received from across the political spectrum has been tremendous. For this, we thank you.

Only one more day of this painful political cycle remains. Just remember, there is something we can do about it — together. 

More to come later this week!

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Election To Cost Nearly $4 Billion

In a recent post from the Center for Responsive Politics they estimated that nearly $4 billion will be spent during the 2014 midterms. This estimate represents the largest cost of any previous midterm. 

 

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Democracy?

Do We Have a Democracy?

 

     With the election just passed, my friends and I are had attended several debates—and although we submitted the same question repeatedly, it rarely got asked.  This is ironic, since our question is what will be done to restore our democracy.  Yet, this doesn’t surprise us--most New Hampshirites know America no longer has a government that answers to its People.

     A Princeton study proved it:  America is no longer a democracy, but a plutocracy—rule by the wealthy elite.  The study demonstrated definitively that policies end up reflecting the wishes of the tiny fraction of the country that makes substantial political contributions—not of the voters.

     We already suspected this.  Ninety-six percent of Americans want to reduce the influence of money in politics.  We feel that our legislators care only about their donors, who they spend 70% of their time courting—even if their donors are not constituents, or now thanks to superPACs, even outside the country, effectively.  Election spending is higher than ever because legislators are for-sale more than ever.

     So my friends want to ask candidates what will be done about it.  Our question is overlooked because moderators have a hot-topic agenda—things like healthcare, national security, spending, the environment, and net neutrality, for example.  But these issues, and many more, come back to this:  industries that invest in candidates in order to get profitable policies. 

     We cannot make healthcare policies that benefit everyone, rein-in spending, or ensure an open internet—as long as most political contributions come from the corporations that profit from expensive insurance plans, receiving government giveaways, or monopolizing information access.

     We learn in school that democracy dies without a well-informed public.  So it is incumbent upon the “fourth branch”—the press—to show people, who already sense the corruption of money-politics, that how we conduct elections is at the heart of every other issue.  The press must stress that business should mind its business—which is making profit within the confines of the law—and remind us that it is the business of the citizenry alone, according to the Constitution, to direct the making of law.

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