Like any major foe, big money politics won't be defeated overnight. Nor will the "Washington way" of doing things be enough. We've made our trips to Capitol Hill to knock on the doors of our Senators and Representatives and politely ask them to pass campaign finance reform, and we've come away empty handed. The big money system works too well for those on the inside.
While good people continue the necessary work of lobbying for change in Washington, it's clear that real change can only start outside the corridors of power. We've decided it's time to take to the streets as patriotic American rebels who demand – demand! – the next President and Congress make stopping big money politics their priority on day one after the 2016 election. There's no better time and place than the first-in-the-nation presidential primary currently underway in New Hampshire to deliver our message directly to the men and women who aspire to lead our country. Join us as we…
Walk the Talk
Since 2014, NH Rebellion has mobilized over 2,000 citizens walking 30,000 miles through sun, sleet, and snow to inject the reform issue into the national agenda. Building on that momentum, we are planning more than a dozen walks and parades involving thousands of activists and touching hundreds of thousands of citizens through provocative and patriotic demonstrations on major holidays in 2015-16. We are also deploying grassroots organizers to fairs and public events, and equipping allies in other states to organize their own walks via our online Walk the Talk platform and toolkit.
Ask the Question
NH Rebellion has recruited hundreds of citizen "Questionrs" to demand the presidential candidates support reform. As of spring 2015, trained volunteers have been deployed to Ask the Question at dozens of campaign events, gaining the increased media attention and candidate responsiveness. Through our Questionr app and tracking platform, volunteers receive candidate-specific information and video uploading to win greater publicity and candidate accountability. We are supporting similar efforts in Iowa, in partnership with AFSC, and seeking partners in other states.
Voices for Reform
NH Rebellion has recruited more than a dozen respected liberal and conservative leaders to speak out for reform across the state since 2014, holding over 50 public education events and countless media interviews, letters, blogs, and op-eds. We are bringing additional local and national leaders/celebrities to march and speak at schools and universities, libraries and town halls, Rotary Clubs and churches across NH. Major Independence-themed events featuring eminent speakers are planned for the fall of 2015.
Stamp Money Out
Over 1,000 New Hampshire citizens and 50,000 nationwide have joined NH Rebellion's partner the Stamp Stampede, founded by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's. The Stampede is recruiting 6,500 NH citizens to stamp 10% of all currency in the Granite State by Primary Day. Because each stamped bill is seen by literally hundreds of people, stamping money is truly a "petition on steroids." It's good fun, when your walking legs get tired or your voice gets hoarse, to pull out your stamp and adorn your dollars for the sake of our democracy!