Take Action Against New Iran Sanctions

During the fall of 2013, the peace movement mobilized, we called, wrote, and reached across the isle and we stopped a war, that didn’t stop our government from funding and arming the rebel group we now call ISIL- but we did stop a war.  Today, we must do it again.

For the first time in decades, diplomacy in Iran is finally panning out.  The State Department is putting the finishing touches on an agreement, that while it is currently not public, likely includes a relaxation of the crippling sanctions that have decimated the Iranian economy and full inspections of the Iranian nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Association.  While Obama has had his share of murderous foreign policies, it looks like his state department is very close to avoiding both Iran going down the path toward nuclear weapons, and the path of war.

But there is a problem, Senators Kirk and Menedez have introduced a sanctions bill, that in the words of one of its biggest supporters, Republican Senator Tom Cotton is designed “to put an end to these negotiations.”  A sanctions bill at this juncture is the only sure way to ensure a path to war.

Senator Ayotte has pledged to support the new sanctions bill, and I hope that has a significant political cost to her when she comes up for re-election next year.  Senator Shaheen, has not come down on either side.

I have made two trips down to DC to lobby and strategize about this, and as we expect the bill to be introduced any moment, we need to make sure both Senators know where the American people stand on unnecessary war.

Please Call or write both of our Senators and ask them to oppose the Kirk/Menendez sanctions bill and give diplomacy a chance to work!

Contact Senator Shaheen:

520 Hart SOB
Washington, DC 20510

Ph: (202) 224-2841

Contact Senator Ayotte:

144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Ph: (202)224-3324

 

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.