This week on State House Watch, Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke of the American Friends’ Service Committee New Hampshire program interview three prominent New Hampshire activists.
Gilles Bissonette of the American Civil Liberties Union on discrimination via religion, and civil and legal rights for mental patients who may be held in emergency rooms without due process.
Zandra Rice Hawkins of Gunsense NH on laws and rules around public safety and firearms.
Steven Kidder of Change For Concord on School Resource Officers and on housing rights and the ability to openly discuss race and other challenging topics.
Some of the legislative references this week are:
HB542, allowing businesses and organizations to discriminate against specific classes of citizens
HB544, to limit the right to free speech
SB154, to block federal rules re:firearms, and jeopardize federal grants
HB195, HB196 allows brandishing, displaying a firearm in multiple situations
HB197, stand your ground
HB334, armed off road vehicles
the gun line (state background checks)
HB307 firearms control per-emption,
This week's State House Watch is hosted by Jennifer Dube and her colleagues with 350NH. Environmental epidemiologist Mindy Messmer introduces us to the Safe Water Alliance. She talks about the health impacts of contaminants in our water sources. Bob Feder discusses the complications on mental health he is seeing in his patients due to the adjustments we've had to make during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jon Swan catches us up on the status of the Forest Lake landfill and the state park protection bill, HB177.
Today Maggie Fogarty of The American Friends' Service Committee's New Hampshire program welcomes her guest co-host long time labor activist Rev. Dr. Gail Kinney. Together they interview labor scholar Dr. Marc Dixon of Dartmouth College on the so-called right-to-work bill, and then they talk with Kathy Staub and Viola Katusiime of Raise Up New Hampshire and the Granite State Organizing Project, on the pressures on New Hampshire's low wage workers.
Some of the topics of the show are:
HB1, HB2, budget bills; hiding the intent of HB544 'divisive concepts' prohibited speech inside HB2; The "NH People's Budget"
SB61 right to work
Marc Dixon ... the history of "right to work" as a state based effort from the 1940's onward ... and the "fair share clause" in labor contracts
Minimum wage campaign, SB137 changes how tipped minimum is calculated
The music breaks during the show are:
Which side are you on? - Natalie Merchant
Please Tip Your Waitress - Willie Sordill
This week's SHW host is Emmett Soldati. Emmett interviews Granite State Progress'
Digital Engagement Organizer Leah Cohen about tracking activities at the State House, and Somersworth City Councilor Crystal Paradis about responding to adverse childhood experiences.
Leah Cohen, @leahcohen603, digital engagement organizer, Granite State Progress
distillation of legislative content
HB544 race discussion omnibus budget trailer bill
weaponizing gavel privileges
SB154 gun violence
HB233 "born alive"
HB625 abortion regulation
Crystal Paradis, Somersworth City Councilor (and Daisy)
ACERT Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team
public safety component
investing in prevention
This week's State House Watch with AFSC's Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke is the journalism edition, with veteran State House Watcher Garry Rayno of InDepthNH, and Ethan DeWitt of the new publication New Hampshire Bulletin.
Some of the topics discussed are:
"States News Room";
how does news impact peoples' lives;
emergency room warehousing of children with mental health needs;
state budget is focus of tension between governer and some house repubicans;
HB544 divisive concepts bill vs. implicit bias training;
CleanEnergyNH funding crisis;
tax cuts vs. investments;
the nature of the current legislative session;
thin Republican majority;
use of the pandemic to attempt to keep democrats at home;
democrats' court suit ... ADA .... legislative immunity;
public access via remote access;
republic vs. participatory democracy;
culture wars expressed through budget process;
divisive concepts prohibition;
abortion funding services seperation;
difficult to advocate for basic human needs;
back of budget HHS cuts;
Secure Psych Unit & Sununu Youth Center;
government data collection, E911;
Jennifer Dube and her 350NH team host this week's State House Watch.
Earth Day/Clean Water Act Lookback
Today's focus is on clean air and water.
Interview with Jon Swan: Forest Lake
Conservation Law Foundation suit against DES
HB177... re:siting a landfill next to a state park.
Local Earth Day Events
songs: Big Yellow Taxi, by Counting Crows
Don't Go Neaar the Water, by Johnny Cash
Today the American Friends' Service Committee's Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke explore the world of legislative advocacy with youth activists Lidia Yen, AFSC's Grassroots Organizer Intern and Trysten McClain, racial justice activist from Plymouth, NH.
If you're unfamiliar, you may be confused, as was your producer, by the term "bipoc", which stands for 'black, indigenous, people of color'.
Change for Concord
NH budget bills:
the gag rule re:reproductive medical care
HB544...'divisive concepts bill' discussion of race etc, a bill + a budget amendment
NH People's Budget
SB61 right to work for less
HB198 .... gender/sports
HB155 ... indigenous peoples' day
Concord High School Resource Officer
HB266 ... anti sanctuary cities bill
HB587 citizen markers on drivers' licenses
HB328 driver licenses for undocumented
HB112 impact of deportation study
Today's State House Watch is hosted by seacoast businessman and activist Emmett Soldati. His first guest is Milford Rep. Maria Perez with whom he discusses her experience of being a naturalized citizen legislator in the New Hampshire House. They talk about:
SB130 (HB20) taking money away from school system
HB544 critical race theory (CRT) ban on curriculum
non germane in the budget
HB266 re: police, immigration
100 mile radius from border, ICE, CBP inspection
Then Emmett talks with Anthony Harris, AFSC's, DecarcerationOrganizer
and creator of Felon to Freedom.
The musical breaks are Rough Gem by Islands, and Let Me Roll It by Lake Street Dive.
On today's SHW Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke of the American Friends' Service Committee - New Hampshire summarize the week's activities around the state budget, school vouchers, immigration, and labor rights.
Following the introductory segment, they hold an extended discussion of voting rights in New Hampshire and nationally with a focus on access to the ballot, especially for young (and old) voters. The guests are:
Rosemary Danelski, Political and Field Director, America Votes
Josie Pinto, Political Director, NH Youth Movement
Quincy Abramson, Director of Development and Operations, NH Youth Movement
This week, Jennifer Dube and the team from 350NH take over State House Watch:
Paige Radcliffe interviewed Dr. Sonja Birthisel with the No Coal No Gas Campaign, which is working to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station (last coal-fired power plant in New England without a shutdown date) in Bow, NH.
Carolyn Nevin interviewed Steve Davis and Ashley Andreas from Vermod Homes.
Anna Rose Marion and Kai Parlett who did the "call to action" are with the 350NH Youth Organizing Team.
Peg Breault and Jennifer did the "host chat" with Carolyn Nevin.
Carolyn, Peg and Paige are with the 350NH Outreach Team.
The two musical breaks were Black Lung by the Dead South, and Here Comes the Sun by Bon Jovi.