NH Council of Churches - Are You Ready to Rally For NH This Thursday?

Rally For New Hampshire     

Thursday, March 31    

12 noon - 1 pm  

Statehouse Lawn  

Please answer the call --

 raise your voice for 

a moral state budget!   

The NH House budget containing devastating cuts to our social safety net will be on its way to the Senate by week's end. It is CRITICAL to raise our collective voices this Thursday at the statehouse! 


Our member denominations, leaders, clergy and laity, will join together in faithful unity under the banner of the NH Council of Churches at Thursday's rally, beginning at 12 noon. 


Please look for our group gathered on the Park Street side of the statehouse under the NHCC banner.


LOGISTICS UPDATE: Please note that parking near the statehouse will be limited. Bus transportation, parking and shuttle info is available here or the Rally for New Hampshire event Facebook page, linked here.  




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Rally for NH: March 31, noon - 1 pm, NH Statehouse, 107 N. Main St., Concord. Please speak up for those who cannot! The NH House is expected to pass a budget on March 31 that will make devastating cuts. These will affect all of us, but most especially our most vulnerable neighbors. As church members know well, churches are always ready to partner with government and other entities at all levels to help meet needs in our community. But churches can't replace government. Please attend and share news of this rally with others. For information about transportation, parking and other details, see www.nhcares.net.





Why Rally Thursday?


Faith communities daily live out our commitments through service to the vulnerable, but our resources supplement, and do not replace the obligation of the state. 


All non-profit and faith-based organizations in NH already experience severe strain by this recession and the increased need it brings. The resources and the ability of individuals, their families and faith- and community-based organizations are stretched to the limit already.  The Senate's responsibility to craft a new budget that does the least harm to our oldest, youngest, poorest, disabled can get us through these very difficult fiscal times for state government.


As pastors, clergy and laity well know, those who knock at the door of our churches are facing significant personal challenges, whether joblessness, mental or physical health conditions, or other challenges some just cannot fathom. In most cases, they are men and women who worked their entire adult lives, but have found themselves unable to take care of their family. People we serve at our church doors, food pantries and in other ways simply and sincerely want a chance to get back on their feet.


But this budget creates undue hardship and hopelessness for so many in our communities and churches, including the chronically mentally ill and the developmentally disabled who are threatened by new waiting lists for services. Also threatened are parents who work but need subsidies to help them find quality care for their children. 


Perhaps most astonishing is that this budget turns away entire populations and tells them there are no scraps left from our table of bounty to sustain them in troubled times. Tragically, veterans since 9/11 are the fastest growing population in the homeless shelters; our youngest returning veterans have the highest unemployment numbers by far in our already stressed economy. Enlisted men and women, some of whom return from war changed in body and spirit and in need of medical, psychological, and social support, will find our communities are not equipped to help them and their families heal. 


Your participation for one hour on Thursday could enlighten Senate budget-writers who will hear your cry, and read your postcards that will be handed out, collected and delivered to their offices. 


There will surely be more to do after this major event, but we will have tremendous lift-off if we stand together against these painful cuts now.


Thank you for your continued vigilance and dedication to economic justice in New Hampshire.