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Friday
Mar132009

NH Peace Action - Hopkinton Peace Conference 

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kathy Kelly To Speak at Hopkinton Conference

 

Hopkinton, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Friday, March 20 at 7 pm, Kathy Kelly, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will speak at Hopkinton High School as part of a two-day peace conference marking the sixth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The title of her keynote address is “Eyewitness to War, Witness for Peace.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

“We invite everybody interested in peace to come hear Kathy Kelly and attend this conference,” says Rev. Gordon Crouch of Hopkinton, one of the conference organizers. “Even though the Obama administration has toned down the rhetoric of the ‘Global War on Terror,’ it still firmly supports military engagement as a solution to the threat of terrorism. Creative nonviolence is our greatest hope toward a new world of peace, justice, and security.”

 

To help educate and inspire people to be witnesses for peace, a variety of one-hour workshops will be offered on Saturday, March 21 at Hopkinton High School from 8:30am to noon. Some of the workshops include “Nonviolent Alternatives to the Global War on Terror,” “Abolishing the Death Penalty,” and “Nonviolent Economics.” Kathy Kelly will lead several of the workshops. A $10 donation is suggested.

 

Kelly’s work for peace and justice has taken her to Iraq and the Middle East dozens of times since 1996. From 1996-2003, she helped form 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq; she lived in Baghdad and maintained a presence there during the first year of U.S. occupation; during five months of 2008, she lived in Jordan amongst Iraqis who fled violence in their country; and she just recently returned from aiding victims of war in Gaza.

 

In making these many pilgrimages to war torn lands, Kelly’s mission is to do whatever she can to help victims of violence and demonstrate for peace. As long as the activity is nonviolent, she has been willing to be arrested, go to jail, and even risk her life. “I feel passionately prepared to insist that war is never an answer,” says Kelly. Her mission in speaking to groups in the U.S. is to give a uniquely personal face to war’s innocent victims, and to call on her audience to do all they can to stand up for these victims by standing against war.

 

A significant component of the two-day conference is the participation of students from around the state. A number of young people, including members of high school peace clubs from Hopkinton, Concord, and as far away as Durham, will be in attendance and taking on leadership roles throughout the conference. There will even be a youth overnight at Hopkinton High School following Kelly’s talk on Friday evening. Overnight activities include a viewing/discussion of the film “Soldiers of Conscience,” and sign making for a peace march and rally in Concord on Saturday afternoon.

 

The conference is being co-sponsored by the NH UCC Peace With Justice Task Force and NH Peace Action. For more information, go to www.nhpeaceaction.org .

 

Friday
Mar132009

Obama-Biden Administration Announces More Than $49 Million in Weatherization Funding and Energy Efficiency Grants for NH

Part of nearly $8 billion in Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency efforts nationwide that will create 100,000 jobs and cut energy bills for families

 

Washington DC -- Vice President Joe Biden and Energy Secretary Chu today announced New Hampshire will receive $49,045,594 in weatherization and energy efficiency funding – including $23,218,594 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $25,827,000 for the State Energy Program. This is part of a nationwide investment announced today of nearly $8 billion under the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – an investment that will put approximately 87,000 Americans to work.

 

“This energy efficiency funding for states is an important investment in making America more energy independent, creating a cleaner economy and creating more jobs for the 21st century that can’t be outsourced,” said Vice President Biden.

 

The funding will support weatherization of homes, including adding more insulation, sealing leaks and modernizing heating and air conditioning equipment, which will pay for itself many times over.

 

“Even as we seize the enormous potential of clean energy sources like wind and solar, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act makes a major investment in energy efficiency, which is the most cost effective route to energy independence,” Chu said.

 

The Weatherization Assistance Program will allow an average investment of up to $6,500 per home in energy efficiency upgrades and will be available for families making up to 200% of the federal poverty level – or about $44,000 a year for a family of four.

 

The State Energy Program funding will be available for rebates to consumers for home energy audits or other energy saving improvements; development of renewable energy projects for clean electricity generation and alternative fuels; promotion of Energy Star products; efficiency upgrades for state and local government buildings; and other innovative state efforts to help save families money on their energy bills.

 

The DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program allows low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient, reducing heating bills by an average of 32% and overall energy bills by hundreds of dollars per year.

Thursday
Mar122009

AJS - Buffett Opposes Card Check, Splits with Obama 

Washington, D.C.- Americans for Job Security released an advertisement today highlighting Obama economic advisor and renowned businessman Warren Buffett’s comments against the “Employee Forced Choice Act,” and the results of Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar’s recent findings on the job loss that EFCA would bring.

 

“The Employee Forced Choice Act not only would eliminate a workers right to a Secret Ballot but would deliver devastating job losses at a time when our country is struggling to regain our economic footing,” said Stephen DeMaura, President of Americans for Job Security.

 

The ad features photos of both President Barack Obama and Warren Buffet and highlights their close relationship and Mr. Buffett’s opposition to the legislation. The advertisement is running today in select publications in Washington, DC.

 

“The recent findings of Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar’s study prove what we already knew, that the Employee Forced Choice Act would both cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose their jobs and stifle the creation of millions of new ones,” said Stephen DeMaura President of Americans for Job Security.

 

A recent study by Dr. Anne Layne Farrar of the non-partisan Law and Economic Consulting Group (LECG) shows passage of the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” would cost our country 600,000 jobs in its first year with millions more jobs at risk in years to come.

 

For more information on Americans for Job Security visit our website at www.SaveJobs.org.

 

Thursday
Mar122009

NHAC - Five out of Six Spending Cap Warrant Articles Passed. Town Meeting Taxpayers Send Clear Low Tax = Low Spending Message. 

Nashua, NH - The call for controlled spending and efficient government from taxpayers across New Hampshire is getting louder and louder each election cycle. This year’s town meeting has proved to be no different. Tuesday’s resounding win in five of the six towns that spending cap warrant articles were on the ballot prove that taxpayers are tired of government continually reaching into their pockets and they are looking for relief. Spending cap warrants appeared on the ballot in the towns of Kingston, Hampstead, Allenstown, Salem, Hudson and Rindge. With only the Hudson warrant articles not passing.

 

“Taxpayers across this state are sending a clear message that an efficient government that spends their money wisely is the only path to lower taxes. We are facing very challenging times here in New Hampshire. The economy is down, property taxes are up, we have a record budget deficit on the state level and the federal government is spending at an unprecedented pace. Taxpayers are trying to control what they are closest to and that is their local government.” said Michael Biundo Chairman NHAC

 

The partnership between local taxpayers and local taxpayer associations, and the New Hampshire Advantage Coalition has been a successful one. With these results added to the impressive victory this past November in Rochester, the call for spending restraint and taxpayer relief from the grassroots’ can’t be ignored.

 

“The results of these warrant articles sends a clear message to elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels that people want controlled spending and lower taxes.” said local Hampstead Taxpayer John McGrath

 

Former Deputy Speaker Ken Weyler of Kingston said the following; “In these fluid economic times, the public has clearly stated that spending must be capped at reasonable increases. ...when the public, by two to one, tell you to cap your spending increases, you can expect further accountability,all of which you will ignore at your political peril.”

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Kingston

 

 

 

Town Article

860

431

1291

%

66.62

33.38

 

School Article

841

368

1209

%

69.56

30.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Hampstead

 

 

 

Town Article

786

487

1273

%

61.74

38.26

 

School Article

680

611

1291

%

52.67

47.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Allenstown

 

 

 

Town Article

342

266

608

%

56.25

43.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Salem

 

 

 

Town Article

1970

1343

3313

%

59.46

40.54

 

 

 

 

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Hudson

 

 

 

Town Article

1285

1712

2997

%

42.88

57.12

 

School Article

1379

1572

2951

%

46.73

53.27

 

 

 

 

 

Town

Yes

No

Total Votes

Rindge

 

 

 

Town Article

713

544

1257

%

56.72

43.28

 

School Article

936

291

1227

%

76.28

23.72

 

 

Thursday
Mar122009

Daily Grind: The Dodd Couple 

The Dodd Couple
While Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were busy selling trillions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities all over the world, Senator Chris Dodd was taking donations from them.

 

Third Time is the Charm?
Will President Obama's third pick for Commerce Secretary finally get through, or are things just getting worse in the growing confirmation humiliation?

 

The New Special Relationship
Who needs a credible, loyal ally all the way across the Atlantic when we've got such good friends 90 miles off the coast of Florida?