After success of last year’s New Hampshire marching, NHRebellion corruption protests are in midst of a fresh push to end the American system of political corruption. Led by election expert Lawrence Lessig, the NHRebellion will seek to bring this one issue into New Hampshire’s nationally important Presidential primaries where candidates from all parties seek votes from the state’s notoriously independent citizens.
Last year, Democracy Chronicles marched in the NHRebellion with the film crew for the “Design of a Broken System” documentary we are creating with director and DC author John Amaruso. Take a look at this recent call to action by Jeff McLean, one of the campaign’s co-founders, titled, “New Hampshire Rebellion Launches Four Marches Across New Hampshire to End Political Corruption”:
The NHRebellion today announced its second annual walk across New Hampshire, where citizens will be able to send a message to presidential candidates that NH voters are “no longer for sale.” From January 11 to 21, hundreds of walkers will brave the elements and walk more than 250 miles from the four corners of the Granite State, converging on the State House in Concord on January 21st. Walks will be held simultaneously from Dixville Notch, Portsmouth, Keene, and Nashua. In Concord, NH Rebellion founder Lawrence Lessig and state and national reform leaders will headline a rally in front of the State House.
“The growth of this movement here in New Hampshire shows that people across the state from every political background are taking a stand to stop systemic corruption in our political system” said Jeff McLean, Director of the NH Rebellion, a campaign of Open Democracy. “The demand on candidates to spend the majority of their time raising money from narrow interests artificially heightens polarization and leads to the dysfunction of Congress and its historically low level of public approval. It is time we take on this root issue.”
Last January, 207 walkers marched 190 miles from Dixville Notch to Nashua in cold and snow. The two-week effort reached 3.2 million people nationally and internationally and also reached more 625,000 Granite Staters.
The non-partisan walks represent a continuation of Doris “Granny D” Haddock’s historic walk across the country for campaign finance reform at the age of 90 and also serve as a tribute to internet activist Aaron Swartz.
NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the Concord-based nonpartisan reform organization founded by Granny D. “If the legendary NH reformer Granny D could leave the comfort of her home and walk across the US for the sake of our democracy in her 90th year, we too can brave the cold this January and walk to reclaim our republic from big money special interests,” said Dan Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy. “We call on every citizen of the state to join us in declaring to the presidential candidates and the nation that we won’t be bought.”