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Weekly Newsletter

News & Events for May 10, 2024

It’s been a week of tragic news and glimmers of hope.

Israel has begun a full-scale invasion of Rafah, including seizing control and closing the border crossing with Egypt. This violates their peace treaty and shuts down even the meager aid that was getting in. This is despite a ceasefire deal accepted by Hamas that would have released nearly all of the remaining hostages.

With this development, the US has suspended the shipment of weapons to Israel. This move comes after Israel received enough U.S. weapons shipments to prepare for the invasion of Rafah, making it feel like “too little, too late.” And yet… it is something many of us doubted we would ever witness – the U.S. denying any military aid to Israel.

We intend to keep up our work to turn this opening into a true moment of change.

Some ways that is happening…

Another U.S. State Department official resigned: Hala Rharrit, resigns over “complete failure” of US policy in Gaza.

More than 2,100 arrests on more than 50 campuses across 25 states while many other schools have experienced protests without arrests.

We were impressed by some mainstream media coverage: NHPR On Point Podcast for May featured Palestinian civilians talking about their daily fight for survival.

This week members of NHPA brought a contingent of Veterans for Peace to Congressman Pappas’ Dover office. About 10 VFP members met with staff while about 15 others held a vigil outside. The Concord vigilers brought a letter to Representative Kuster’s office and spoke to a staff member in person. Later today we will be back at Congressman Pappas’ Dover office to continue our advocacy in the spirit of the original Mother’s Day.

You can join us in Dover at 2:30pm, or catch up with the Veterans For Peace walkers before they head to the Massachusetts leg of their PeaceWalk2024. Tonight, May 10 at 3pm, they will hold a Vigil and Public Remembering of the Clamshell Alliance Actions, Seabrook Community Center, 311 Lafayette Rd. with a 6 PM Potluck and Conversation at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter.

Please sign on to National Peace Action’s letter to Secretary Blinken demanding Israel be held accountable.

Keep up your calls to your legislators asking for a ceasefire, an end to unconditional military aid to Israel, and free speech in the U.S.

Donate to Not in Our Name NH…. A group of New Hampshire Jews (Not In My Name NH) are seeking signatures and funds to publish an open letter calling for a Gaza ceasefire in large advertisements in local newspapers. This is being done to counter the narrative that all Jews support the Israeli mass killings, or that criticizing Israel is antisemitic. Donations welcome at https://nhpeaceaction.org/donate/, click on the PayPal link, put in the amount, then add in the note field “Jewish letter”; or mail a check, with “Jewish letter” written in the memo to 4 Park Street, Suite 304 Concord, NH 03301. If you are a self-identified Jew who wants more info or to sign, please email bob.gns@gmail.com, and provide your name and the town you live in.

We are in need of people to help NH Peace Action. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Help research and/or draft the weekly legislative alert.
  • NHPA Education Fund will be participating in NH Gives June 11 & 12. This statewide online fundraising event provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors. We have several generous donors who will do matches and peer-to-peer fundraising, but would love to have a few more.
  • The online auction is September 1-21. Please help us solicit donations from businesses.
  • Help with the Annual Meeting on June 9 at Bear Brook or the Fall Fundraiser on October 13 at The Derryfield in Manchester.
  • Make calls to lapsed members/donors.
  • We’ll be forming committees to work on these, as well as legislative, fundraising and more. Consider joining a committee!

Please email Doreen if you can help out with any of these things.

There’s lots more to come, keep reading to find out more. May we (of any gender) heed Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation call: “Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of tears!… From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”


News & Events for May 3, 2024

We are sorry to inform you that Tim Lenoch has tendered his resignation, effective immediately due to a health and family emergency. We wish him all the best! The Search Committee will meet immediately and begin the process of finding a new director. In the meantime, there are many things that the Board could use help with. If you are able to assist with any of the following, please let Doreen know and she will connect you with the appropriate Board member:

  • Event planning and execution
  • Writing the weekly Legislative Alert
  • Helping with fundraising
  • Membership committee
  • Help with the September online auction

We are encouraged by the bravery shown by college students nationwide as they protest the slaughter in Gaza. More than 90 students were arrested at Dartmouth College by police in riot gear, and 10 students were arrested at UNH yesterday, again by police in riot gear. The power of these student movements is only highlighted by the frantic attempts of authorities to break them up. We’ll be looking for ways to support them, such as this community sign on statement organized by NH Youth Movement.

A group of New Hampshire Jews (Not In My Name NH) are seeking signatures and funds to publish an open letter calling for a Gaza ceasefire in large advertisements in local newspapers. This is being done to counter the narrative that all Jews support the Israeli mass killings, or that criticizing Israel is antisemitic. Donations welcome at https://nhpeaceaction.org/donate/, click on the PayPal link, put in the amount, then add in the note field “Jewish letter”; or mail a check, with “Jewish letter” written in the memo to 4 Park Street, Suite 304 Concord, NH 03301. If you are a self-identified Jew who wants more info or to sign, please email bob.gns@gmail.com, and provide your name and the town you live in.

Some good news to share with you is that HB 439, a bill that would prohibit NH state investments from going to businesses participating in a boycott of Israel, failed to pass the full NH House on a voice vote this week. Also failing to pass was SB 563. This bill would prohibit state and local government entities from adopting sanctuary policies to prohibit or impede the enforcement of federal immigration law. Thanks to all of you who called and wrote to their representatives!

LEGISLATIVE ALERT:

H.Res. 894 has passed the US House on Wednesday by a margin of 320 to 91. It seeks to expand the federal definition of anti-Semitism, despite opposition from civil liberties groups and it is largely seen as a reaction to the ongoing antiwar protests unfolding on US university campuses. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

There is no date yet for a vote in the Senate. Please call your Senator and urge them to vote NO on H.Res. 894

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Please keep calling, speaking out, vigiling, protesting. Our reps seem to believe we will lose interest and stop agitating on this issue – it is up to us to prove them wrong.

Also, be sure to sign up for some of the exceptional upcoming programming. And if you haven’t signed up for the June 9 Annual Meeting at Bear Brook, do it now!


News & Events for April 26, 2024

Last Saturday it was wonderful to gather in front of the statehouse to Rally for Peace and Planet. There were about 75 in attendance, both familiar and new faces. This was a joint endeavor between Peace and Climate Action organizations: NHPA, 350NH, Sierra Club, Climate Action NH, Back from the Brink and NOFA-NH with additional support by Open Democracy, Granite State Progress, 603 Equality, Third Act NH and SURJ Concord. Plus, the Leftist Marching Band brought joyful music & dance. The growing understanding of the links between militarism and environmental and other social justice issues feels like a big step forward. There is a lot of common ground and we’re stronger when we are connected.

This week, we continued our legislative advocacy and public education, which included a visit to Congressman Pappas’ Dover office, the Concord peace vigil and an online conversation with Rishi Gurudevan, a high school junior at Phillips Exeter Academy and the founder of Students for Nuclear Disarmament. It was inspiring to hear from such an impressive young person and the intergenerational conversation that went on was lovely.

In the news… we are sad to note that this week the U.S. congress and Senate passed $95 billion in arms funding to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan and all NH representatives voted yes for using our tax dollars this way. We hope you will tell them if you are disappointed by their votes. We do want to point out that 37 Democratic House members and a few Senators voted no to the package. Senior Democratic strategist Waleed Shahid observed on social media: “Despite the weapons aid package passing, this is the largest number of Democratic lawmakers to vote against unrestricted weapons aid for Israel in recent memory.”

We continue to follow with dismay the situation in Gaza and the worsening violence in the West Bank, which also needs attention. But, we are greatly inspired by the student actions all across the U.S., reminiscent of the Vietnam War era.

That Representative Summer Lee (PA) won her primary despite her outspoken opposition to Israel’s attacks on Gaza may indicate that criticism of Israel no longer spells a certain end to a politician’s career.

Good news in NH: the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee voted 14-6 to recommend “Inexpedient To Legislate” for SB 439 (the anti-BDS bill). Maggie Fogarty of AFSC-NH wrote a great Op-ed on this issue.

We are proud to continue to invest in peace and support those doing the work by becoming a sponsor for the 19th annual joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony on May 12 organized by Combatants for Peace and the Bereaved Families Forum. The joint memorial event brings together Israelis and Palestinians to grieve and stand united in demanding an end to the bloodshed. They state: “In mourning together, we seek not to equate experiences, but rather transform despair into hope and build compassion around our shared humanity. We remind ourselves and the world that occupation, oppression, and conflict are not inevitable.” You can join online May 12, 1:30pmET.

Some news we know will interest you from Veterans For Peace: “Will Hopkins was selected to become the new Executive Director of VFP. Will is an Army veteran of the Iraq War, 2004-2005, a VFP life member, a former VFP board member, and for the last 14 years was the beloved ED of New Hampshire Peace Action.” We are excited to see Will take this new role in the peace movement! You can thank him in person at one of the VFP Peacewalkers NH stops. Please see the full list below under Other Events.

A group of New Hampshire Jews are seeking more signatures and funds to publish an open letter calling for a Gaza ceasefire in large advertisements in one or more local newspapers.  This is being done to counter the narrative that all Jews support the Israeli mass killings, or that criticizing Israel is antisemitic. The letter which had been signed by 67 of the state’s Jewish residents, has already been delivered to the state’s federal representatives and op-ed pieces have been written in InDepthNH, the Concord Monitor.  The letter also calls for a sustained ceasefire that will result in the release of all hostages, the suspension of unrestricted military aid to Israel, and to allow humanitarian aid via UNRWA.  If you are a self-identified Jew who wants to sign, please email bob.gns@gmail.com, and provide your name and the town you live in.   If anyone wants to donate they can go to https://nhpeaceaction.org/donate/, click on the PayPal link and after putting in the amount, be sure to add in the note field “Jewish letter”, or mail a check, with Jewish letter written in the memo to 4 Park Street, Suite 304 Concord, NH 03301.

Please keep calling, speaking out, vigiling, protesting. Our reps seem to believe we will lose interest and stop agitating on this issue – it is up to us to prove them wrong.


News & Events for April 19, 2024

Before a brief update on the weekly news, a reminder to attend tomorrow’s   Rally for Peace and Planet” at 11am on Saturday April 20 on the City Plaza in front of the State House in Concord. It looks like it will be a beautiful spring day and we all need some fresh air and something to celebrate.

The news this week continues to focus on the crisis in Gaza and the potential for a wider regional war. On Saturday Iran launched missiles at Israel in response to the bombing of Iranian targets in Syria , potentially escalating the conflict. For now, diplomacy seems to be working to prevent this, but Israel continues aerial bombardment of Gaza and there are reports that Biden may have approved an Israel ground invasion of Rafah if Israel does not retaliate against Iran. It appears Israel is preparing to launch an assault on Rafah, where over a million people in Gaza have taken refuge.

The conditions in Gaza continue to worsen, where US medical professionals are reporting that the US is complicit in the devastating violence and death of innocent civilians, including children. In response to the continuing US support of the devastation, peace and pro-Palenstinian activists have escalated their tactics, including major actions on April 15. Congressional members are questioning the Biden administration’s claim that Israel is not violating US law by blocking US funded humanitarian aid. UNRWA assistance continues to be blocked from entering Gaza and its head is appealing directly to the UN Security Council for protection and support.

In the US Congress, we are expecting stand alone bills this weekend to continue to provide Israel military support. Peace Action’s Grassroots Advocacy Days have been ongoing for the last 10 days to pressure elected officials to vote no on military support to Israel, and to demand a ceasefire, no wider war, and a surge in humanitarian aid to Gaza with a restoration of UNRWA funding. Peace Action President Kevin Martin wrote an excellent op-ed on this effort, that includes the work we all have been doing here in New Hampshire. While we did not send a delegation down to DC, twenty peace activists met virtually with a key staff person from Rep. Kuster’s office this week, stating our concerns and demands, and backed by three powerful personal testimonies from a diverse cross section of folks in her district. This is on top of the continued, respectful, engagement with staff from our other three Congressional leaders, including on Sunday when 10 peace activists attended an event to speak directly to Rep. Pappas. They were able to hand him letters and documents and have multiple conversations with him. While his response has not changed, he left understanding that the crisis in Gaza is of deep concern for people who have likely supported him in the past. And we continue to hold weekly vigil in Dover and Concord with our partners in peace. Please join us!

Please continue to call your elected officials as they take up important votes this weekend and tell them:

  • Immediate, Permanent Ceasefire
  • No Wider Regional War
  • Surge Humanitarian Aid to Gaza, Including Restoring UNRWA Funding
  • No Military Aid or Weapons to Israel as It Commits Gross Human Rights Violations

A few updates on upcoming events and ways to get involved:

Veterans For Peace Walk in New Hampshire, May 7 to 10

Veterans For Peace has launched a walk down the East Coast to Washington, DC calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, and an end to war more broadly. There will be events each night at 6pm: May 7 in Portsmouth. May 8 in Durham, May 9 in Hampton, and May 10 in Exeter. There will also be a vigil near the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station on May 10. More details to come. If you can host walkers in your home, please contact Will Hopkins at willofpeace@gmail.com.

Rep. Kuster will not be seeking reelection. If you are interested in working with other peace activists to explore ways to engage in the electoral process with this open Congressional seat, please let us know HERE.

Sign up HERE for our Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 09, 10am at Bear Brook State Park.

  • Not a member yet? Please sign up HERE and help guide us.

As always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for April 12, 2024

We start the weekly news with an invitation for you to attend the “Rally for Peace and Planet” at 11am on Saturday April 20 on the City Plaza in front of the State House in Concord. Join a coalition of Peace and Climate Action organizations, including New Hampshire Peace Action, 350NH, Sierra Club, Climate Action NH, and Back from the Brink for a rally and celebration. More information and updates on the event’s Facebook page.   There are reasons to celebrate: including the announced closings of the last remaining coal plants in New Hampshire, and the continued movement building that connects issues of war and peace with the urgent need to address the climate crisis.

The crisis in Gaza continues to be our main focus in the peace movement. US officials are now stating there is famine in Gaza and we are at risk of the conflict escalating with tensions high between Israel and Iran. The possibility of a catastrophic assault on Rafah remains, but there are signs that continued pressure from the Biden administration on Netanyahu may be working. Some of this pressure is a result of members of Congress calling for limiting military assistance to Israel, including former Speaker Pelosi.

In New Hampshire we continue to see sustained activism around the crisis in Gaza. The Dover City Council passed a ceasefire resolution. In the Statehouse, there was strong opposition from the public at the committee hearing for SB 439, a bill that would ban businesses which participate in a boycott of Israel from receiving NH state contracts, funds, or investments. The committee has not yet voted on the bill. NHPA hosted our Peace & Justice Conversations with “Connecting the Peace and Disability Rights Movements” and folks continued to stand vigil in Dover and Concord for a ceasefire now.

A few updates on upcoming events and ways to get involved:

Veterans For Peace Walk in New Hampshire, May 7 to 10

Veterans For Peace has launched a walk down the East Coast to Washington, DC calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, and an end to war more broadly. There will be events each night at 6pm: May 7 in Portsmouth. May 8 in Durham, May 9 in Hampton, and May 10 in Exeter. There will also be a vigil near the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station on May 10. More details to come. If you can host walkers in your home, please contact Will Hopkins at willofpeace@gmail.com.

Rep. Kuster will not be seeking reelection. If you are interested in working with other peace activists to explore ways to engage in the electoral process with this open Congressional seat, please let us know HERE.

Sign up HERE for our Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 09, 10am at Bear Brook State Park.

Not a member yet? Please sign up HERE and help guide us.

As always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for April 5, 2024

We once again start our weekly news with a brief update on the crisis in Gaza. There appears to be some tentative, positive news with President Biden calling for an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s assault on Gaza. This is no doubt partly in response to the horrible events over the last week, including Israel’s airstrikes killing humanitarian workers, and a regional escalation by bombings in Syria. These positive developments need to be tempered by the fact that the US continues to support Israel’s war machine, while neither the administration nor Congress have yet to present a plan to address the massive humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Our demands remain the same : immediate and permanent ceasefire, massive increase in humanitarian aid, ending unconditional military support to Israel.

Just as important, these positive developments are in response to the larger movement that you are part of. We continue to engage our elected decision makers in Washington, and there is an increase in protests critical of the war machine and Netenyahu’s government. These include protests in Israel led by families of hostages, and here in New Hampshire with civil disobedience at Elbit Systems, and committed activists succeeding in getting Lebanon to pass a ceasefire resolution.

Leaders with New Hampshire Peace Action and our coalition partners held vigils and had two productive meetings with Congressional staff. We met with Sen. Shaheen’s staff and called on the Senator to make a clear public statement in favor of a ceasefire; we repeated our demands for a restoration of humanitarian aid to Gaza, and for her leadership in a real, restorative, and just peace process. In response to our requests, Sen. Shaheen’s staff had a clear message: keep letting them know our concerns because the Senator cares deeply about her constituents. NHPA leaders and others also met with staff from Rep. Kuster to ask her to sign on to House Resolution 77, which “calls on the United States to embrace the goals and provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”

A few updates and ways for you to get involved:

As you may be aware, Rep. Kuster will not be seeking reelection. If you are interested in working with other peace activists to explore ways to engage in the electoral process with this open Congressional seat, please let us know HERE.

Folks in the New Hampshire Jewish community are moving a letter in support of a Gaza ceasefire and a just peace. If you identify as Jewish and want more information, please contact Bob Sanders (bob.gns@gmail.com)

Saturday April 20 “Rally for Peace and Planet” 11am, City Plaza in front of the State House in Concord. Join a coalition of Peace and Climate Action organizations, including New Hampshire Peace Action, 350NH, Sierra Club, Climate Action NH, and Back from the Brink for a rally and celebration. We will also host an art build at 10am.

Sign up HERE for our Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 09, 10am at Bear Brook State Park.

  • Not a member yet? Please sign up HERE and help guide us.

Interested in joining a Palestine/ Israel book discussion group? More info HERE

As always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for March 29, 2024

New Hampshire Peace Action is joining other groups for a national Grassroots Advocacy Days,

We are exploring interest in sending a New Hampshire delegation down to DC for in person advocacy and action, sometime between April 14 to 19 . If you are interested in being part of this delegation– or supporting others to go– click HERE. This will be a coordinated action to engage our Members of Congress–both online and in Washington, DC– to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, end unconditional military aid to Israel, and a massive increase in humanitarian aid. This is our final call for interest.

Do you want to go to DC for Advocacy Days? Or support others to go? Click HERE!

The past week has seen continued violence in Gaza and the West Bank. An assault on Rafah seems imminent and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is only getting worse. Late last week, the US House and Senate passed– and Biden signed– a spending package that eliminates US funding for UNRWA for at least a year. This will likely make the humanitarian crisis and famine in Gaza much worse. US defunding UNRWA was quickly followed by Israel blocking all UNRWA humanitarian aid into Gaza.

While the current outlook is not good, we are seeing some slow movement towards peace. In Israel, there is growing criticism of Netanyahu’s leadership and that the recently passed UN ceasefire resolution not being vetoed by the US may be an important tipping point towards peace. Another glimmer of hope is the emergence of both South Africa and Ireland as international leaders in demanding a ceasefire and for peace and justice for Palenstine. These are two countries that know too well the cost of violence, apartheid, and occupation. Their leadership reminds us of the international mass movement needed for peace and justice.

And in the US Congress, there are some positive efforts to note: members are putting some pressure on the Biden Administration to combat settler violence in the West Bank, and a group of Representatives have sent a letter to President Biden calling on the administration to enforce the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act that would restrict military aid to Israel if they continue to block humanitarian assistance. A letter to Biden from a group of Senators clearly states that assurances from Netanyahu’s Government that humanitarian aid is getting into Gaza does not pass the “credible and reliable” test required by law. This effort is backed by calls from major humanitarian aid organizations who work on the ground in Gaza, and the UN has called on Israel to stop blocking food aid into Gaza.

These efforts are no doubt a result of legislators seeing the carnage in Gaza, and– importantly– the growing demand for peace and justice throughout the world. As we know, a disproportionate amount of power and decision making on issues of war and peace exists on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Thus, our continued calls and engagement with legislators does make a difference. Keep it going.

We invite our members to come celebrate and reflect on the year at our Annual Meeting in June.

Sign up HERE for our Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 09, 10am at Bear Brook State Park.

Not a member yet? Please sign up HERE and help guide us.

Interested in joining a Palestine/ Israel book discussion group? More info HERE

Please provide ideas and feedback HERE

And, as always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for March 22, 2024

We have an URGENT legislative action: to prevent a Government shutdown, both the House and Senate should be voting today on a $1.2 trillion government spending bill that includes a ban on any humanitarian aid for Palestinians that goes through UNRWA (for one year). See here for more information and note this is a bipartisan deal agreed to by the administration and Democratic leaders. Humanitarian aid to Gaza is crucial , as we are about to witness in Gaza the most intense famine since the second world war.

While we do not want to advocate for a government shutdown, we do oppose this cut to UNRWA funding by what Sen. Bernie Sanders calls the “starvation caucus”. We want our Senators and Representatives to know that we oppose these cuts and ask them to lead in the legislative process to protect and increase humanitarian aid, ideally through UNRWA.

Please contact our Members of Congress today with a clear message: “if you vote to cut UNRWA funding, figure out how to get life saving humanitarian aid to innocent people”

This continued dysfunction of Congress is one reason New Hampshire Peace Action is joining other groups for a national Gaza Grassroots Advocacy Days, April 9 to 19. This will be a coordinated action to engage our Members of Congress–both online and in Washington, DC– to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, end unconditional military aid to Israel, and demand a massive increase in humanitarian aid. We especially want to encourage Senator Shaheen to become a leader in calling for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and a just peace.

Do you want to go to DC for Advocacy Days? Support others to go? Click HERE!

We are exploring interest in sending a New Hampshire delegation down to DC for in person advocacy and action, April 14 to 17. If you are interested in being part of this delegation– or supporting others to go– please fill out this brief survey soon.

Click HERE for the survey and help spread the word to others who may be interested.

Our focus continues to be on the crisis in Gaza, but issues of war and peace are global. We want folks to be aware of the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis in other parts of the world, especially in Haiti and Sudan. We hope to have possible legislative action on these issues soon.

In Gaza, the assault continues and fears of a famine increase daily. The crisis and increased calls for a ceasefire are becoming a partisan issue in the United States, contributing to an already divisive and toxic election year.

NH Peace Action and our partners continue to hold weekly vigils in Dover and Concord. Please join us, let us know of other vigils, or if you are interested in starting a vigil.

We are increasing our social media presence to share news, updates, and events. If you are on Facebook, please like our page HERE

For in person community building, be sure to sign up for our Annual Meeting:  

Sunday, June 09, 10am at Bear Brook State Park. Sign up HERE

Not a member yet? Please sign up HERE and help guide us to educate, mobilize, and organize to build a more peaceful and just future for all.

Interested in joining a Palestine/ Israel book discussion group? More info HERE

Please provide ideas and feedback HERE

And, as always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for March 15, 2024

The assault on Gaza continues and the humanitarian crisis is getting worse. There is escalating violence in other parts of the world and the presidential election season is upon us. There is much to be concerned about in these difficult times. Taking action for peace is the way. Throughout the world, activists like you are engaged in a variety of actions to demand peace

Some highlights over the last week in our peace action:

Legislative engagement

NH Peace Action and our partners in the NH Coalition for a Just Peace in the Middle East hosted two meetings with our legislator’s staff to state our concerns and demands regarding the crisis in Gaza. On March 8th, 37 people participated in a meeting with staff from Rep. Pappas’ office; and on March 11th, 35 people participated in a meeting with Senator Shaheen’s office. Both meetings were respectful and engaging, with three activist leaders sharing stories and making three clear demands of our elected leaders: an immediate and permanent ceasefire; end military aid to Israel; and massive increase in humanitarian aid, especially through UNRWA

We are cautiously optimistic that Sen. Shaheen stated on a recent radio program: We need a cease fire, we need to get humanitarian aid into the people of Gaza who are suffering, and we need to do it now.” You can listen HERE, the comment is at 10:53.

We want Sen. Shaheen to follow these words with action: contact her office (info below) and tell her to sign on to a letter from her Senate colleagues to President Biden stating that Israel is in violation of Section 620I of the Foreign Assistance Act by limiting humanitarian aid to Gaza. Here is an article in Common Dreams and the letter from the Senators to the President is HERE.

Legislative engagement: moving forward

In addition to our weekly Legislative Action Alert, there are ways you can help with influencing our elected officials to do the right thing:

A national coalition, led by Peace Action, will do “Gaza Ceasefire Now” Advocacy Days April 9 to 19, both online and in DC. We are seeing if there is interest in a New Hampshire contingent going to DC to meet with our Senators and Representatives. If you are interested in going– or supporting others to go– please let us know here:   NH Peace Action to DCPlease spread the word, we need to know soon how many folks may be interested.

We hope to send our legislators an “information packet” of our concerns: relevant facts, laws, articles, petitions, actions, and art regarding the crisis in Gaza. If you have something our legislators need to see, please share HERE or email me directly at tim@nhpeaceaction.org (link is much preferred over email).

National Peace Action joined other groups this week to launch the REJECT AIPAC CAMPAIGN focused on countering AIPAC’s influence in both US elections and US Foreign Policy. Read news coverage HERE and HERE.

Education programs, trainings and standing vigil

This last week (plus) included two education programs and our two weekly vigils in Dover (Wednesdays at 2pm) and Concord (Thursday at noon).

On March 7 we hosted “No Wider War!” with Action Corps. Twenty-four people participated in an action training focused on the threat of a regional war and contacting our representatives to urge them to support diplomacy and de-escalation instead.

On March 11, our Peace and Justice series hosted Kathy Kelly who spoke on “Holding War Profiteers Accountable” and the good work of the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal. Thirty-two people participated in a thoughtful and engaging discussion. You can watch the program HERE.

On March 14, NH Peace Action leaders–along with our peace partners in the NH Coalition for a Just Peace in the Middle East– continued their civil disobedience and nonviolent action training. Let us know if you are interested in joining this group to learn and plan for action.

Please see below for more information on our weekly vigils and upcoming events.

Taking a stand for peace: from the streets to city hall to the glamor of Hollywood

People are taking escalating action throughout the world to influence decision makers to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. President Biden’s visit to Goffstown this week was met with passionate protesters demanding a ceasefire and end to US military aid to Israel. Activists continue to engage in direct democracy throughout the state and push for city council resolutions calling for a ceasefire. And on the privileged stage of the Academy Awards we saw Oscar winners ask “whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanization, how do we resist?; and another state: “we made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb, and for better or for worse we’re all living in Oppenheimer’s world …. so I would really like to dedicate this to the peacemakers everywhere.

Film is often a powerful medium and this Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm: The Palestine Education Network will present two short films at the Red River Theater in Concord: “Gaza, The Killing Zone” and “A Child of Gaza: The War Through a Child’s Eyes.” See below for more details

Like film, books are vital to get a better understanding of the world, especially the complex and challenging issues of war and peace. A reminder that we are seeking interest in forming a Palestine/ Israel Reading Discussion Group.

Membership renewals have been mailed. If you haven’t already renewed, please do so HERE and help us chart our direction in the Peace Movement. And please provide your input by completing this survey regarding NHPA’s structure and work. Click HERE for the survey.

And, as always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for March 8, 2024

Another week has gone by and there is no ceasefire in the continued assault on Gaza and the escalating violence in the West Bank. Regional tensions are rising and the most pressing issues remain: continued US support for the violence, with minimal movement to address the massive humanitarian crisis that has millions of people at risk of disease, malnutrition and starvation. There are some small signs of hope: food is sometimes dropped from the sky amongst the bombs, and a pier may be built to get aid into Gaza. As is always the case in war, women and children make up the vast majority of innocent civilians who are suffering and dying.

Today is International Women’s Day and it is being celebrated in various ways throughout the world, often with a focus and celebration of the many successes we have seen towards gender equality. The origins of International Women’s Day are rooted in various social movements across national boundaries: the suffrage movement; immigrant female workers organizing; victims of war, oppression, and the patriarchy standing up and demanding “bread and peace.” These roots are what we need to celebrate now– for the struggle continues, especially where war and violence continue to rage and women demand bread and peace.

To celebrate this day, we ask folks to continue to take action and to support the various struggles to make a more peaceful world. Throughout the United States, folks are using the presidential primaries to urge the Biden administration to demand a cease fire. Here in New Hampshire, activists continue to stand vigil and to press for cease fire resolutions at the local level; and you and others continue to call and engage our elected leaders. While the immediate outcomes are difficult to see– and even more difficult to celebrate– progress is being made. People are taking action and the roots of a movement are growing. And there are many roots. A few we want to highlight:

Today in Washington, Code Pink is highlighting the biggest cost of war: Women and Children. Click here for more information and to act.High school students in New Hampshire are urging our Congressional leaders to address the always present danger of nuclear war. Please support them and sign this petitionHere at New Hampshire Peace Action, we are preparing “Gaza Ceasefire Now” Advocacy Days in April. This will include online lobbying of our Congressional leaders and a possible trip to DC for in person advocacy. If you are interested in doing online advocacy or going to DC– or supporting others to go– please fill out this brief survey.

We also want to take time to reflect and engage in dialogue on complex and challenging issues. To that end, there have been suggestions to build a Palestine/ Israel Reading Discussion Group. If you are interested, please add your thoughts and reading suggestions here:

And we want to celebrate. A few events to put on your radar in the next couple months:

Weekend of April 19: Earth Day Rally (more details to come)

May 9th and 10th: Vets For Peace Walk, Maine to DC, local events in New Hampshire. (more details to come)

June 9th: New Hampshire Peace Action Annual Meeting for our members.  Click here details for the meeting

Not a member of NH Peace Action? Become one here and help us chart our direction in the Peace Movement.

No matter if you are a member, please provide your input by completing this survey regarding NHPA’s structure and work. Click HERE for the survey.

And, as always, please participate in the below events and contact your elected leaders in DC and demand they lead for peace:

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Happy International Women’s Day,

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director


News & Events for March 1, 2024

Yesterday, the violence and humanitarian crisis in Gaza converged in a horrible way as Israeli troops killed over a hundred people seeking aid and food. While there have been talks about a “temporary” ceasefire, the reality on the ground is only getting worse.

In Washington, a letter to protect funding for UNRWA was circulated and signed by 50 members of the House of Representatives. We urged both Rep. Kuster and Rep. Pappas to sign on to the letter. Unfortunately, they did not. The letter stated, in part:

“This humanitarian crisis, if unchecked and exacerbated, will further destabilize Gaza, further increase tensions all across the Middle East, and continue to embolden Hamas and other terrorist groups. It is in the strategic interest of both the U.S. and all of its allies to continue funding UNRWA in order to stabilize the crisis-ridden region and tend to the humanitarian catastrophe that no other organization or agency will be able to effectively address.”

It is possible that an amendment with similar language to protect or restore UNRWA funding will be proposed to a related bill, so we may have a legislative action alert for that. For now, we all need to ask our Representatives: “If you do not support funding for UNRWA, what will you do to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and what will you do to prevent mass starvation and disease in Gaza?”

While we continue to call our legislators, we are working with National Peace Action, various affiliates and other partners to plan Gaza Advocacy Days in April. This may include a trip to Washington to meet and educate our Members of Congress. Let us know if you may be interested.

We continue to engage our Representatives and a highlight of the week was that members of NH Peace Action and our coalition partners facilitated a meeting between staff from Senator Hassan’s office and Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, who joined us by Zoom from Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank. The meeting was respectful and informative on a range of issues specific to the crisis in Gaza and the West Bank. While it is unknown what impact it may have on Senator Hassan’s position, we feel the meeting allowed for a much needed open dialogue.

Other NH Peace Action work included our bi-weekly Zoom Peace & Justice Conversation Series with Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council, who discussed the current crisis and the potential for a larger regional conflict. The event was attended by many new participants to the series. Our two standing vigils – Wednesday 2pm in Dover and Thursday noon in Concord– also saw some new faces. These recurring events are important to educate and raise awareness and visibility, as well as to allow new folks to get involved in action. As always, spread the word.

NH Peace Action coalition work included a training session and early planning on taking more direct action, with a focus on the principles of nonviolent civil disobedience. We also hosted a Zoom event to update folks on our work specific to Palestine and to share ideas and other events in New Hampshire. Our coalition also agreed to adopt the name “NH Coalition for a Just Peace in the Middle East” that emphasizes the need for a just peace beyond a cease fire and acknowledges the regional dimension of the crisis and potential for it to escalate.

As we stated last week: there is a lot going on. We need your input and action. Please continue to call legislators and participate in the events listed below.

And, if you haven’t already done so, please provide your input by completing this survey regarding NHPA’s structure and work. Click HERE for the survey.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director

News & Events for February 23, 2024

Our message remains consistent: ceasefire now and no unconditional support to Israel! As long as we enable such violence, safety and justice will be out of reach for everyone.

Lawmakers in Washington DC are currently consumed with figuring out military funding for Israel and Ukraine. The Senate’s $95 billion supplemental military aid package that passed last week is now in the House, where the legislative process needs to be watched closely.

In Gaza, the onslaught continues. There has yet to be a ground invasion of Rafah, but the humanitarian crisis is only getting worse. Our elected leaders in DC must protect and increase humanitarian aid, through UNRWA and other ways.

As the House attempts to put together bipartisan support for the supplemental, various proposals to either cut, keep, or increase humanitarian aid will be considered. By early next week, we will have a clearer message for Reps Kuster and Pappas that will ask them to support increasing humanitarian aid, while ending unconditional military aid.

New Hampshire Peace Action continues to work with our partners to engage and communicate with staff from our four members of Congress. National Peace Action and affiliates are planning advocacy days, both online and in DC. More information to come soon.

In New Hampshire, as elsewhere, there is a huge increase in activism regarding Gaza, which encourages and inspires us. City councils are considering ceasefire resolutions brought forward by grassroots activists and eight people are on hunger strike at Dartmouth College. While NHPA has not been involved in these actions, the overall goals are similar: ceasefire now, stop US support for the violence, increase humanitarian aid in Palestine.

There is a lot going on. We need your input and action. Please continue to call legislators and participate in the events listed below.

And please provide your input by completing this survey regarding NHPA’s structure and work. Click HERE for survey.
For our 501c4 members, renewal forms have been sent out and should be in your mailbox. Please consider renewing your membership to NH Peace Action. Over the past year, we have engaged legislators through coordinated action alerts, met with congressional staff to demand our elected leaders work for peace, and played a leading role in the “Vote Ceasefire” write-in campaign for the Presidential primary. Your membership dues help fund out 501c4 work: lobbying, legislative engagement, coalition building, and electoral politics. We build power to move elected officials on crucial issues of war and peace.

You can mail in your check to NHPA, 4 Park St., Suite 304, Concord, NH 03301 or renew online HERE

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Sincerely, and in peace,

Tim Lenoch, NHPA Director

News & Events for February 16, 2024

Israel appears on the verge of a large-scale assault on the city of Rafah, where 1.5 million people have taken refuge. This assault will result in the violent deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and vastly increase one of the worst humanitarian crises we have witnessed in a long time.

Earlier this week, the US Senate passed the $95 billion supplemental military aid package that includes $14 billion for Israel and $60 billion for Ukraine. Both Senator Hassan and Senator Shaheen voted in favor of this massive increase in funding to allow the Israeli military to continue its violent onslaught on Gaza and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. The package is now in the House of Representatives and we need to call Representatives Pappas and Kuster to urge them to vote no on the supplemental military aid package.

It appears that passage of the aid package may be delayed in the House, but things can move quickly. While any delay in funding war is positive news, the main reasons for the delay are not: Republican attempts to include extreme measures for border security in the package. This continues Republican’s dysfunction regarding immigration and border policy: instead of a stand alone bill, they attempt to leverage support for larger spending bills by including extreme measures and make political theater about it.

Here at home, Governor Sununu is contributing to this Republican dysfunction with the southern border: he has requested funding from the fiscal committee to send the New Hampshire national guard to the Texas border. NH Peace Action and other groups were quick to respond by stating “Using taxpayer dollars to send New Hampshire National Guard members to Texas is only designed to score political points and does nothing to improve quality of life in New Hampshire.”

The key news of the week is centered on Israel’s potential assault on Rafah and it may be an inflection point. There is growing international consensus– including in the Biden administration– that an attack on Rafah would be catastrophic. This can be seen as a small glimmer of hope. Along with a possible stall in the House on the supplemental military aid package, there may be time to move elected officials to do the right thing: permanent ceasefire, restore full humanitarian aid through the United Nations, hold the state of Israel accountable to international law, push for negotiations that will bring Israeli hostages home.

We know from the past that it is unclear when we are at an inflection point. But we do know, looking back, that it is people making their concerns known– contacting reps, standing vigil, taking action, writing letters– that force the inflection point and force the decision makers to turn away from violence and towards peace.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Thank you, Tim Lenoch, Director


News & Events for February 9, 2024

The world situation remains critical… On Feb. 6, the Israeli government rejected a cease-fire offer by Hamas negotiated by the US, Egypt, and Qatar. Instead, Israeli troops are now positioned for a ground invasion of Rafah. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is working to send more military aid to Israel.

We also see the Biden Administration escalating the conflict, diving deeper into another Middle East war. We have been here before, and the results have been disastrous. (See the Costs of War Project: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/papers/summary ). Twenty years ago we peace activists were a minority. At this moment the majority of people are with us. That is something to celebrate but it is also disturbing that has not yet moved our reps.

But we know what the stakes are, we know what others are suffering. We continue this work and we are glad to have you with us.

A few updates for your calls to representatives:

-Thanks to Senator Shaheen for signing on to a letter by Senators Murphy and Van Hollen to President Biden last week about the terrible humanitarian situation in Gaza. Sadly, Senator Hassan did not sign on to it.
-We were disappointed that Representative Pappas voted “yes” on the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act to send them more weapons. It did not pass.

A Valentines season action: AFSC launched an invitation to send a collective message of love to Gaza. They have a web page where you can download graphics and a copy of a valentine to download for a photo shoot holding the valentine. ( https://afsc.org/love-to-gaza?emci=73777c9b-44c6-ee11-85f9-002248223794&emdi=40755d19-9bc6-ee11-85f9-002248223794&ceid=1214558 )

Remember: “Justice is what love looks like in public.” -Cornel West

Join us for our events and with actions to bring more justice and love into the world.


News & Events for February 2, 2024

As we mentioned in this week’s action alert, a group of nearly 40 NH activists met with Senator Hassan’s staff this week. This included representatives from NH Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, United Church of Christ, Jewish Voice for Peace NH/VT, Palestine Education Network, 350NH, Friends Committee on National Legislation, 911 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, World Fellowship Center, Upper Valley 4 Palestine, and various local democrat groups.

We demonstrated that our concern, commitment and numbers are growing. Tragically, the crisis also grows. The death toll is now over 27,000, over 65,000 wounded, and the few remaining hospitals are collapsing. Famine is driving 2 million internally displaced Palestinians to eat grass and drink polluted water. An incredible humanitarian disaster is occurring not just before our eyes but with our support – and we want our representatives to use their power to stop it.

And the violence is, terrifyingly, spreading further in the region: Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and now there are calls within our government for the U.S. to attack Iran!

Our sense of urgency, disbelief and anger makes it difficult to remain calm and respectful, but we do because it’s how we believe we should act towards each other. Our frustration and horror makes it hard not to succumb to despair but we know this moment is too important and too many others do not have the luxury of turning away.

We draw strength from the growing number of people everywhere, including in NH, speaking and acting for peace and justice. Thanks for being in this with us, together.

Peace, Amy, NHPA board chair

PS – Read about our work in the news this week!:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-hampshire-ceasefire-write-in-vote_n_65b29b00e4b0749816372584
https://www.concordmonitor.com/My-Turn-NH-Peace-Action-on-the-Israel-Gaza-conflict-53841449


News & Events for January 26, 2024

The past few days have brought alarming reports of armed conflicts flaring up across the Middle East as the war in Gaza draws closer to sparking a regional war. The United States’ military escalationary confrontations with Yemen’s Houthi movement in the aftermath of Houthi raids on commercial shipping in the Red Sea have only inflamed tensions. Just this past Monday, the United States and Britain conducted yet another burst of airstrikes against several sites controlled by the Houthi-led coalition in western Yemen, along the Red Sea coastline. This represents the eighth round of U.S.-led airstrikes in Yemen in just two weeks since the U.S. military renewed operations against the Houthis, and it comes on the heels of the Biden administration’s move to relist the Houthis as specially designated global terrorists.

The renewed U.S. intervention in Yemen could be described as ineffective at best and running the risk of destabilization at worst. Interference with shipping in the Red Sea has increased more than 200% since the U.S. airstrikes began, meaning that the airstrikes are achieving the exact opposite of their stated purpose. Meanwhile, over 21 million Yemenis (including over 11 million children) are still contending with the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing Yemeni civil war, struggling to access sufficient food and medicine. While Yemenis have experienced a partial reprieve from the fighting since Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies have rolled back their military operations in Yemen, the U.S. airstrikes of the last two weeks could reignite the devastating bombing campaigns in Yemen for which the Saudi-led coalition became infamous.

Disturbingly, the Biden administration seems to recognize the flaws of conducting airstrikes in Yemen but has vowed to press on anyway. This showed last Thursday when President Biden was asked by a reporter if the airstrikes in Yemen were working. Here is his response:

“Well, when you say ‘working’ — are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they gonna continue? Yes.

We must act to stop the United States from launching more airstrikes into Yemen and plunging the country deeper into an unfolding regional war. Can you sign this petition from Just Foreign Policy to urge your federal lawmakers and President Biden to stop bombing Yemen?

Please also contact your two U.S. Senators, your U.S. House Representative, and the White House directly to call for no more U.S. bombings in Yemen. We encourage you to link this demand with our ongoing calls for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel, since the war in Gaza is closely tied to the U.S. airstrikes in Yemen.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: Click here to email, or call (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Click here to email, or call (202) 224-2841 / 603-647-7500

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): Click here to email, or call (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): Click here to email, or call (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002

President Biden: (202) 456-1111 and https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


News & Events for January 19, 2024

We were very disappointed that neither of our NH Senators supported Senator Bernie Sanders’ resolution to investigate Israel’s campaign in Gaza and require a report on human rights practices under Section 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act. You might want to call each of them and let them know how you feel about that.

Meanwhile, we have an advocacy opportunity right here in New Hampshire. We are organizing opposition to SB 439, a bill filed in the NH State Senate this year that would prohibit NH state investments from going to businesses participating in a boycott of Israel. The bill, which has the backing of all 14 Republican state senators and four Democratic state senators, seeks to codify an executive order signed by NH Governor Chris Sununu last summer, (which borrowed language from a failed NH House bill from last year that we opposed). Though SB 439 would not outright ban companies from taking part in boycotts of Israel, it is meant to intimidate them by threatening the denial of state contracts unless a company pledges to be willing to do business with Israel.

While NH Peace Action does not formally endorse any particular boycotts right now, we believe that boycotts are a valid form of nonviolent protest. As such, we believe that the New Hampshire state government should not be singling out businesses for taking part in boycotts, and we ask our state lawmakers to OPPOSE SB 439.

The NH Senate’s Executive Departments and Administration Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 439 on Wednesday, January 24th, at 10:15am in NH State House Room 103 in Concord. This is the time to voice opposition to the bill, and we encourage anyone who is able to go to Concord to testify against SB 439. If you can’t go, you can register your opposition online by taking the following steps.

Go to the NH Senate’s remote sign-in form at:
https://gencourt.state.nh.us/remotecommittee/senate.aspx
On the form, select January 24th on the calendar.    Next to the “Select the Committee” button, select “Senate Executive Departments and Administration” from the dropdown menu.
Next to the “Choose the Bill” button, select “10:15 am – SB439” from the dropdown menu.
Next to the “I am:” button, select “A Member of the Public” (unless you identify differently) from the dropdown menu.
When prompted to indicate your position, click “I Oppose this Bill.” At the bottom of the page, click the “Continue” button.
On the following page, fill out your personal information (first & last name, town/city, email). At the bottom of the page, click the “Continue” button.
On the following page, review your information before clicking the checkbox to verify your details. Finally, click the “Continue” button one last time to submit your opinion.
Optional: Email testimony to all five members and the clerk of the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee describing why they should oppose SB 439.

Thank you for your advocacy at both the federal and state levels as we take urgent, necessary action to end the brutal war in Gaza and work to address the problems that caused it.

In the meantime, keep calling & writing, every day – please do not be silenced or deterred! Our voices are needed!  Demand support for A permanent ceasefire now, An end to U.S. military & political support to the Israeli government, Allowing extensive humanitarian aid into Gaza, and Listen to your constituents! Every day the news has yet another disturbing development in the incredibly dangerous situation unfolding in the Middle East and you can let them know you’re paying attention and worried about the direction this is headed.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: (202) 224-2841 / (603) 647-7500
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002
President Biden: (202) 456-1111 – https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


News & Events for January 12, 2024

Even while the world situation continues to be dire, we have some good news to share. NH Peace Action has hired a new director to start on January 22! We are excited to bring him on at a time when peace work is so desperately needed in the world. Let us introduce him here…

Tim Lenoch brings a diversity of work and life experiences with a firm commitment to peace and justice and a passion for action. Early in life, Tim was privileged to travel internationally for his education which helped him form a political and historical consciousness based on a critical view of US Foreign policy and a commitment to justice. Tim was involved in the Bush era peace movement, while both in graduate school and as a member-owner of a worker collective. He earned a Masters’ degree in African History from UW Madison and moved on from academia to focus on economic and social justice. Tim has worked as an organizer, director, researcher, and educator with labor unions, community organizing projects, civic and legislative engagement groups in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Madison, Denver, the Upper Valley, and Vermont.

Tim’s intellectual and personal life has been shaped by his international experiences, historical consciousness, and engagement with issues of diversity and justice, all based on a commitment to peace and making the world better.

We will be offering opportunities for you to meet him in the upcoming months, in person and on zoom.

In the meantime, keep calling & writing, every day – please do not be silenced or deterred! Our voices are needed!  Demand support for A permanent ceasefire now, An end to U.S. military & political support to the Israeli government, Allowing extensive humanitarian aid into Gaza, and Listen to your constituents! Every day the news has yet another disturbing development in the incredibly dangerous situation unfolding in the Middle East and you can let them know you’re paying attention and worried about the direction this is headed.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: (202) 224-2841 / (603) 647-7500
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002
President Biden: (202) 456-1111 – https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


News & Events for January 5, 2024

Welcome to our first e-mail newsletter of 2024. We hope you had some time to rest and recharge over the past week or so and that you’re ready to jump back in to our critical work of creating a more peaceful and just world.

You’ll see in the calendar that there will be many opportunities for education and engagement coming up through our organization and others. We want to highlight the actions we are planning to take to amplify our message to our Legislators about Israel & Palestine: Cease-fire now!   Humanitarian access to Gaza! No tax dollars for war crimes!

We can confirm these January Solemn Vigils/visits to our representatives:

All are on Wednesdays, 2-3pm, Dover
January 10: Senator Shaheen -340 Central Avenue, Suite 205, Dover, NH 03820
January 17: Rep Pappas -Dover District Office, 660 Central Avenue Suite 101, Dover, NH 03820
January 24: Senator Shaheen -340 Central Avenue, Suite 205, Dover, NH 03820
January 31: Rep Pappas -Dover District Office, 660 Central Avenue Suite 101, Dover, NH 03820

Note that we are also working on Solemn Vigils in Concord and Nashua. If you would like to help organize or any other help, please contact Bill Maddocks for Nashua and Betsy Kelly for Concord.

We are also planning nonviolence training for those interested in civil disobedience – please contact us directly if you want to be a part of that.

Keep calling & writing, every day – please do not be silenced or deterred! Our voices are needed!

Demand support for A permanent ceasefire now, An end to U.S. military & political support to the Israeli government, Allowing extensive humanitarian aid into Gaza, and Listen to your constituents! Every day the news has yet another disturbing development in the incredibly dangerous situation unfolding in the Middle East and you can let them know you’re paying attention and worried about the direction this is headed.

Sen. Maggie Hassan: (202) 224-3324 / (603) 622-2204
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: (202) 224-2841 / (603) 647-7500
Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01): (202) 225-5456 / (603) 285-4300
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02): (202) 225-5206 / (603) 226-1002
President Biden: (202) 456-1111 – https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

New Hampshire Peace Action