Thanks for considering being part of an Open Democracy Action Regional Democracy Team here in New Hampshire. If you are outside of New Hampshire, there are other ways for you to help, but our regional teams are working in their towns and neighborhoods here in the Granite State only.
Open Democracy Action just launched its Regional Democracy Teams in November of 2019, and we're still sorting out the infrastructure and mission. Your voice is important at this critical time as each team decides what activities are best within each region.
Our organization, founded by New Hampshire campaign finance reformer Doris "Granny D" Haddock, who at 89 years old in 1999, set off on a walk across the United States to raise the alarm of how our campaign finance system was creating a system of legal bribery, particularly at the federal level. She was a critical part of kindling nationwide support for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, which passed in 2002. Granny D died in 2010, but unfortunately lived to see the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which rendered her work for McCain-Feingold moot. But Granny D remains a hero, not just here in New Hampshire, but for reformers all over the country, for showing what one ordinary person can do to make change.
Our Open Democracy Teams will work around their areas on a variety of activities, but all of it related to strengthening our Democracy:
- Holding briefings via Zoom each week See the Schedule
- Calling state reps and senatorswhen Democracy legislation is pending
- Contacting the Congressional delegation on federal legislation, like the Freedom to Vote Act
- Writing letters to the editor in your area newspapers
- Write open letters (also LTEs) to government officials via the media
- Writing to the NH Secretary of State and other state officials
- Communicating changes in election policy to town election officials and the public on things like absentee voting (because the SOS doesn't do it very well)
- Share news, actions and social media to your social media or email list networks (other activist groups, town political committees, faith groups, civic groups, etc.)
- Help to mobilize other groups on important issues like redistricting
- Attend hearings & do sign hold outside the Legislative Office Building or State House
- Exhibiting at local fairs and festivals
- Walking or doing street theater in parades (We've done "SuperPAC Man" and "Senator Philmore Pockets" in past parades)
- Speaking to school, civic and religious groups about our issues
- Talking with other activist groups, such as climate, pipeline, healthcare, or other groups which get blocked by Big Money interests.
- Hosting an annual Granny D Day walk on January 24th, or reading one of her speeches on the steps of your town hall.
- Do a screening of one of several money-in-politics movies at your local library
- and whatever else you can dream up to further our cause!
If you're ready to take action, go to our Open Democracy Teams sign up page, confirm what region you're in, and sign up. You'll be doing your part to help save our republic by getting our democracy back in the hands of the PEOPLE, not special interests or corporations.
As Granny D said, "Democracy isn't something we HAVE, it's something we DO!"