Granite State Progress Launches Campaign to Challenge Conservative Propaganda


Concord, New Hampshire – Meet Granite State Progress, a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing and communications with rapid and hard-hitting on-the-ground strategies. Year round, Granite State Progress will work to engage citizens from across the state around issues of immediate state or local concern.

"Our goal is to make New Hampshire more progressive and our government more responsive to the real challenges facing communities today," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director. "By working with other organizations, we aim to dramatically expand active public support for progressive causes and ideas. Whether it is fighting for a clean energy future, standing up to special interests like the powerful drug companies, or holding public officials accountable, we will be there."

A key component of Granite State Progress' work is providing communications support for the entire progressive community. Local advocacy groups often have few staff and fewer resources to challenge conservative propaganda and make sure that progressive perspectives are heard.

This week, Granite State Progress features a variety of actions ranging from the tax cap to climate protection, and informing New Hampshire residents about Senator McCain's destructive votes against women around the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

"Granite State Progress has the potential to be an incredible tool for issue advocacy organizations," said Kurt Ehrenberg, Director of NH Sierra Club. "Already, Granite State Progress is posting progressive job openings, highlighting events, and providing a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems."

Granite State Progress' Web site will also feature Blue Hampshire, the state's leading progressive blog, in an effort to further build and promote the progressive online community that the blog fosters in the state.

"Getting progressive leaders elected is critically important," said Dean Barker, co-founder of Blue Hampshire. "But having a coherent infrastructure in New Hampshire for progressive policy is equally so. That's why I'm delighted to see the arrival of Granite State Progress; it will be a useful tool for connecting good public servants with great ideas."