On Saturday, July 4th, hundreds of New Hampshire citizens will take to the streets as part of the continuing NH Rebellion against big money in politics. Two groups of “Rebel” walkers will log 20 miles from Rochester and 16 miles from Hampton, symbolizing the importance of this issue in the 2016 presidential race. The walks will converge on Portsmouth with a public declaration of independence from special interests and a demand that every presidential candidate commit to ending corruption on day one.
The Rochester route will be led by NH Rebellion founder Lawrence Lessig and will leave from Rochester Commons. It will make stops at the Dover Friends Meeting House and Old General Sullivan Pedestrian Bridge along the 20-mile route to Prescott Park. The Hampton route will leave from Hampton Beach, stopping at Rye Harbor State Park before meeting up with the Rochester route at Prescott Park at approximately 4:30.
This will be the eighth large-scale walk of the NH Rebellion since 2014, and the second held on Independence Day weekend. “Last year, we wanted to discover whether New Hampshire citizens of all stripes would rally to this issue, and they did. We wanted to see if we could change the dialogue, and we did,” says NH Rebellion Director Jeff McLean. “This year we have the support, we have the momentum, and we’re making the declaration that America must be free from the corrupting influence of money in politics.” NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the NH nonpartisan organization dedicated to transparent and accountable governance.
Rochester to Portsmouth Walk
6:30 AM – Breakfast and meeting (breakfast provided by Panera Dover)
7:00 AM – Kickoff at Rochester Commons with guest speakers
11:00 AM – Lunch at Dover Friends Meeting House
2:00 PM – Waypoint, Old General Sullivan Pedestrian Bridge
Hampton to Portsmouth Walk
10:00 AM – Kickoff at 229 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach
12:50 PM – Waypoint at Rye Harbor State Park
1:25 PM – Waypoint at Wallis Sands Beach
2:25 PM – Waypoint at Moose Lodge, Portsmouth NH
Prescott Park Finale
4:00 PM – Rochester and Hampton walks meet at Four Tree Island for free BBQ and Ben & Jerry's
4:30 PM – Final walk (⅓ mile) from Four Tree Island to Prescott Park
5:00 PM – Rally for Democracy featuring speakers, theatrics, and performances
6:00 PM – Walkers depart (free rides back to parking)