A Publication of theNew Hampshire Community Rights Network Educating and empowering communities and elected officials about our individual and collective right of local self-governance in order to secure and protect the inherent and unalienable rights of all inhabitants of New Hampshire to economic, social and environmental justice, including the rights of nature.
The state considers it beyond our legal authority when we attempt to use our local governing process to protect our communities from state-issued permits that allow any number of harmful activities such as water extraction, landfill expansions, waste to energy incinerators, sludge application, mining, fossil fuel pipeline infrastructure, even unsustainable “renewable” energy projects; or when our communities attempt to create sanctuary and equity for all inhabitants, including rights for Nature.
Why are we denied the right to protect our health and safety, and not able to create the kind of communities we envision at the local level? New Hampshire’s state governing structure follows the Dillon’s Rule doctrine; which is to say that the legal relationship between the state and any municipality (town, village, city, district) is as a parent to a child. A municipality may exercise only the authority the state determines it should have. This is why municipalities are referred to as merely, “an administrative arm of the state.” We need to alter this present framework of our state government and establish a new framework for community self-governance where the state is an administrative arm of the municipality. What we need is for government to serve the people, not the other way around.
How can we change the status of our municipalities from that of servitude to empowered, self-governing communities? Demand state constitutional change that recognizes our right to locally self-govern in matters of health and safety, and ecosystem rights. Advocate for an amendment to the NH Bill of Rights that establishes state law as a floor upon which people can use the Town Meeting process to locally increase, but not decrease protections. Support and join the NH Community Rights Network (NHCRN) in the effort to reintroduce the Community Self-Government Amendment. Contact the NHCRN email@example.com visit our website at www.nhcommunityrights.org to learn more.
In Derry, in November 2020, one of the AccuVote machines was used to exclusively process absentee ballots. Other machines also processed absentee ballots, but this machine only processed absentee ballots. This is important because folded absentee ballots are more susceptible to misreading a crease as a vote.
The machine that exclusively processed absentee ballots recorded over votes on more than 14% of the ballots. Taken together the eight Accu-vote machines used in Derry in this election recorded an average of over 4.5% of the ballots containing one or more over votes. Those are big numbers and if they all or most of them impacted the same race, they could swing the election. In various districts for which we were able to obtain data, the number of over votes ran over 2%. Still a big number when many high level races in NH are won by a margin of less than 1%.
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Democracy without Violence – A Participatory Policy Library on Law Enforcement
A cooperative toolkit for reducing violence in your community
CELDF staff have helped facilitate the creation of a “model ordinance” to offer a library of municipal policy changes designed to implement and move communities toward police abolition. Numerous abolitionist organizers across the United States contributed to the current draft. It continues to be a living document, and we are now soliciting broader feedback from interested individuals and groups. It’s already been used by communities advancing municipal change and we are now ready to offer it more broadly.
Please stop making election work the priority because the system itself is the problem. We see this with laws such as Citizens United and the Commerce Clause giving corporations far more power than ordinary citizens and local governments; we see this when electeds vote against the expressed interests of the majority in passing a universal healthcare plan, an equitable tax-plan that favors working folx, a Covid relief plan, and a massive decrease in military spending; we see this when Congress has the power to bar the appointment of a SCOTUS in one election cycle but push through another in a subsequent election year; we see this when the two viable political parties use money and influence to determine who wins the primary; we see this when questioning the ecological, racial, and gender oppression inherent in capitalism is treated as radically unworthy of consideration for restructuring our society; we see this when government officials are legally allowed to engage in self-promoting business deals even at the expense of those they are sworn to serve; we see this with the laws that make it increasingly difficult for marginalized people to vote; and so forth. Read more.
THOSE AFFECTED BY GOVERNING DECISIONS SHOULD BE THE ONES MAKING THEM
What's more legit than community activism?is born out of the necessity to challenge the very structures that allow corporate entities to have the final say as to what is permitted or not permitted in the places where we live. Community rights were trampled by NH courtWe do not have a democracy, we have a fiefdom controlled by greedy oligarchs who follow the Golden Rule — “the ones with the gold make the rules.” Their courts and politicians protect them, not us.
Democracy Schoolexplores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others.
Defunding the Police: CELDF and partner attorneys are working towards structural municipal police change. Part of the process is breaking down difficult concepts and having difficult conversations.
The Right to Survive is more important now than ever. No more sweeps. For more information, head over to DenverHomelessOutLoud.org
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