NH Peace Action Annual Event and Fall Fundraiser!

Be sure to get your registration in (if you didn’t get one, email doreen@nhpeaceaction.org) for this year’s Annual Event featuring Camilo Mejia, one of the first soldiers to refuse to serve in the Iraq war.  He served nine months for desertion, a charge which carries the possibility of the death sentence.

This year’s event will be held on October 24 at the Bektash Temple in Concord and will also feature Rachel Vogelzang, a local singer/songwriter who writes wordy, emotional songs that are mostly happy, occasionally angry, and sometimes funny.

We will also be auctioning off this beautiful, handmade quilt made from Irene Irving’s t-shirts by her daughters.  There will be silent auction and raffle items too!  Doors open at 5 pm for light appetizers, beverages and socializing, sit-down dinner at 5:30. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

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Tuesday Peace Vigils in Concord!

The long running Peace Vigils that were carried on in front of the NH Statehouse in Concord are being revived by Tricia Hutchins and Faith Sillars.

Come and join at noon on Tuesday.  Wear a black armband or something black.

Call the office, 228-0559 if you have questions.

Market Days 2014

Thanks to all the volunteers Tricia Hutchins, Faith Sillars, Sandra Stonebanks, Curt and Ann Smith, Susan Bruce, Krisan Evenson, Gray Fitzgerald, Pat Wallace and Jim Chappellow for all your hard work manning the booth at a very successful Market Days in Concord this year!

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NH Peace Action member Faith Sillars helping out some folks at Market Days.

Annual Membership Meeting, June 7, 2014

About 50 members turned out at the Annual Membership meeting to elect officers, approve financials, hear a great talk by Fr. Roy Bourgeois and have some awesome eats and company!  Thanks to  Lynn Chong and Rob Pearlman for hosting in their “barn”. Photos courtesy Will Thomas.

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Our youngest “agitator for peace”  Aurora Ellis-Hopkins. IMG_5389[1]

Wendy Thomas was the recipient of the first NH Peace Action Membership Card!  We hope to have them out to all members soon.

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NH-PEN Annual Tax Day Event

For Immediate Release: NH-PEN SPONSORS ANNUAL TAX DAY EDUCATION EVENT

Date: April 15, 2014, 11:30 am to 1 pm

Where: Corner of Bridge and Elm Streets, Manchester, NH

Media Contact: Carolyn Cicciu, 966-0597 or 518- 8165, c.cicciu@gmail.com

Manchester, NH –The Palestine Education Network plans to conduct an awareness action at the corner of Bridge and Elm Streets on Tuesday, April 15, to alert citizens to their right to ask our government to spend our money responsibly. The action will take place from 11:30 to 1:00 on federal income tax day. 

 In particular, this action is planned to call attention to the public of the cost of the militarized federal budget. Information about how their tax dollars are being spent will be available, and participants may bring signs to state their priorities.

 According to National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org), 55.2% of our tax dollars are spent on defense. Only, 6.2% goes to education, 5.6% to veterans benefits, 4.9% to health, and 3.3% to energy and environment. N.H. Peace Action and other groups are participating in “Move the Money,” a national campaign (www.peace-action.org) to reduce military spending by at least 25% and to move the money into local programs that meet human needs. Currently the U.S. spends more money on its military than all the countries on the planet combined.

 Additionally, the Palestine Education Network, a special project of NH Peace Action, was formed to provide balance to the information that is disseminated about Palestine and to expose the human rights violations that challenge Palestinians’ daily life under the illegal Israeli occupation.  Israel currently receives $3.4 billion per year in military aid, even though it ranks in the top 25 richest nations in the world and ranks 5th in the sale of military armaments on the international market. Maintaining this outlay affects the money available for US taxpayers’ needs and prolongs the conflict in the Middle East.

SPR War Tax Education Penny Poll

PORTSMOUTH — Seacoast Peace Response will hold its annual War Tax Education Penny Poll in Market Square on Tuesday, April 15, federal income tax day.

The poll will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

Organizers say the event is held to call attention to the cost of the militarized federal budget. Literature on how tax dollars are spent will be available to people as they vote in the penny poll.

According to National Priorities Project, www.nationalpriorities.org, 55.2 percent of tax dollars are spent on defense. Only 6.2 percent go to education, 5.6 percent to veterans benefits, 4.9 percent to health, and 3.3 percent to energy and environment.

Seacoast Peace Response and N.H. Peace Action are participating in “Move the Money,” a national campaign to reduce military spending by at least 25 percent and to move the money into local programs that meet human needs. The U.S. currently spends more on its military than all other countries combined, according to organizers.

The Penny Poll is a large display board with options for people to place pennies, provided by the group, in the categories they think tax money should be spent. Some options include veterans benefits, environmental protection, housing and health care.

In last year’s Penny Poll, health care received the most votes, with environmental protection close behind.

Seacoast Peace Response is a community group based in Portsmouth since 2001. It is dedicated to promoting peace and justice worldwide. For information, visit www.seacoast peaceresponse.org.

For information on the event, call Bill Woodward at 866-3254, visit www.peace action.org or join the worldwide Global Day of Action on Military Spending on April 15 by visiting demilitarize.org/organizers-packet.

Public Hearing on Death Penalty Moved to Reps Hall!!

Senator Sharon Carson, Chairman of the NH Senate Judiciary Committee, has moved the public hearing on death penalty repeal from State House Room 100 to Representatives Hall.

The public hearing will begin at 9 am on Thursday, April 3 and is likely to run into the afternoon.

The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is asking those who can come early to arrive by 8:30 with signs, posters, etc. to rally outside before the hearing begins.

Please go to nodeathpenalty.org for more details.

 

Spring Dinner with Brian Terrell

Mark your calendars for Dinner with Brian Terrell on March 29, 2014 at the Plymouth Congregational Church!brian_terrell

Brian is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He lives and works at Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa, where he helps tend a large garden and small herd of goats and chickens. From this little farm, Brian travels around Iowa and beyond, speaking and acting with communities that are working for justice and peace. His travels include participation in delegations to Palestine, Iraq, Bahrain and Afghanistan and he has been invited to speak in many European venues. In recent years, Brian has been active in resistance to remote controlled murders by drones with friends in Nevada, New York and Missouri and on May 24, 2013, he was released from a six month federal prison sentence for participating in a peaceable assembly in protest of drones at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Plymouth Congregational Church – 4 Post Office Square – Plymouth, NH

Doors will open at 5 for dinner, program at 6 pm.

Please call Doreen at 603-228-0559 (or email: doreen@nhpeaceaction.org) to register

Suggested donation is $20 for members/$30 non-members