‘PAUL REVERE’ TO LEAD 15-MILE PATRIOTS’ DAY WALK TO LARGEST GATHERING OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, PROTESTING BIG MONEY CORRUPTION
On Saturday, April 18th, the New Hampshire Rebellion will celebrate Patriots’ Day with a 15-mile Walk for Democracy, led by “Paul Revere” on horseback, from Lowell, MA to the largest gathering of 2016 presidential candidates yet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH.
Launched with a ringing of the historic Paul Revere bell in Lowell, the nonpartisan Patriots’ Day walk will “alert citizens about the threat of big money to our representative government,” according to organizer Xanni Brown of the NH Rebellion. By walking in the footsteps of Paul Revere on the 240th anniversary of his famous ride, walkers hope to “sound the alarm through the countryside and declare their independence from special interests by demanding the candidates support campaign finance reform,” Brown said.
The 8:30 AM kick-off ceremony will include ringing of the 900-pound Paul Revere bell
Signs, street theater and rally at Nashua City Hall from 1:00 pm to 1:30 PM
“Paul Revere” impersonator on horseback will lead the walk from Nashua City Hall to the Crowne Plaza Hotel
As walkers arrive at the Crowne Plaza around 2:30 pm, they will be greeted by the Stamp Stampede’s “Amazing Amend-O-Matic StampMobile” and ‘Paul Revere’ will seek to deliver the message to the candidates
8:15 AM - Walkers arrive at Pawtucket Congregational Church (15 Mammoth Road, Lowell, MA) for registration and kickoff; ceremony to include ringing of the Church’s Paul Revere bell
9:00 AM - Walkers depart the church for Nashua City Hall
12:30 PM – Gather at Nashua City Hall (229 Main Street, Nashua, NH) for a short rally; other walkers will join in for the final walk to the Crowne Plaza Hotel
1:30 PM - All walkers leave Nashua City Hall for the Crowne Plaza Hotel
2:30 PM - Arrive at the Crowne Plaza (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua, NH) to deliver our message to the presidential candidates
To date, 19 announced or prospective Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance at the #FITN Republican Leadership Summit at the Crowne Plaza. Some observers expect $5 billion to be spent on this presidential election.
The Patriots' Day walk is the latest in a series of audacious citizen walks organized by the NH Rebellion to protest systemic corruption of money in politics, totaling more than 27,000 miles since 2014. This past January, despite frigid weather, more than 500 Rebellion walkers came from the four corners of New Hampshire and converged in Concord at a State House rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
In addition to Walking the Talk across the Granite State, NH Rebellion is challenging every presidential candidate to present comprehensive solutions to money in politics during the New Hampshire Primary. Hundreds of citizen activists of all political stripes have already signed up to Ask the Question of the candidates wherever they go.
Part of the NH-based Coalition for Open Democracy, NH Rebellion works with numerous nonpartisan reform organization including the Stamp Stampede, founded by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s. More than 60 small businesses in the Granite State have joined the Stamp Stampede by hosting “Stamping Stations” where their customers can legally stamp anti-corruption messages on their money and learn more about the issue of #MoneyInPolitics.
In addition, nearly 1,000 people in New Hampshire have their own stamps to beautify their bucks with messages like “Not to Be Used for Bribing Politicians.” Each stamped dollar bill is seen by about 875 people as it circulates through the local economy. The Stamp Stampede plans to stamp 10% of the currency circulating in New Hampshire, to bring attention to the problem and make it an issue in the presidential campaign.
At the grassroots level, there is broad bipartisan support for overturning Citizens United and ending the influence of special interests. Four out of five New Hampshire Republicans think Congress is more interested in special interests than its constituents. More than two-thirds of New Hampshire voters support a Constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United.
So far, 68 of the state’s cities and towns have passed measures calling for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
The New Hampshire Legislature is considering two measures about Citizens United. Last month, the House passed a bipartisan measure calling for a Constitutional Convention to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics, and the Senate unanimously passed a similar bill stating the need for a Constitutional amendment and setting up a study committee to examine various proposals. So far, 16 other states have called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.