Archive for March, 2011

Protest at Concord NH March 24 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

About five hundred outraged citizens, many of them firefighters, teachers and other union members, showed up to protest one amendment to the 2011 budget bill (HR2) at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) across the street from the State House. The Kurk amendment destroys collective bargaining in New Hampshire by reducing all workers covered by a contract to “at-will” employees if their union reaches an impasse in negotiations with their (government) employers. For those in the more civilized countries of the world, an “at-will” employee is one who may be fired at any time, whose terms of employment can be changed at any time by his/her boss; most countries require employment contracts that spell out the rights and duties of employers and employees, but in the US “at-will” is the default contract under which most of us (and virtually all non-union employees) must work.

The committee that approved the amendment met in a small room with seating for only 40 members of the press and general public. The rest of the crowd packed two floors of the LOB and the courtyard in front of the building. A delegation of firefighters and police union members went across the street to ask the Speaker of the House to convene the committee meeting int he great hall of the capitol, where there would be room for more of the public, but they were not allowed to meet with him.
This Concord Monitor story gives the details of the hearing and the issues fairly well.  This WMUR video clip shows a little of what happened in the hearing room. A larger demonstration is planned for next Thursday, when the full budget bill is voted on by the entire 400-plus-member lower house of the state legislature.  There  will be fireworks

Demonstrators Outside Legislative Office Building

Demonstrators Outside Legislative Office Building

Welcome to Newconsin!

Welcome to Newconsin!

Beam Kurk Up!

A humorous play on words based on the name of the union-busting legislator from Weare

Protesters go up the steps and crowd two floors of the LOB

A Chartered Bus Disgorges Union Members at the LOB

A Chartered Bus Disgorges Union Members at the LOB

Rev. Liana Rowe’s talk on Immigration Policy 2011-03-07

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Hear Rev. Liana Rowe’s talk given at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough NH on March 7, 2011 (podcast included at bottom of post).

Liana Rowe

Rev. Liana Rowe

 

NEWS RELEASE
Union Congregational Church
March 7, 2011
uccpboro@myfairpoint.net

United Church of Christ NH Conference and the American Friends Service Committee NH Program presented a talk by Rev. Liana Rowe, a minister in the
Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ who is active in the movement for humane immigration
policies The talk was intended to help New Hampshire residents understand what is at stake in the immigration debate.

Rev. Liana Rowe, a minister in the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, will give a presentation
at Union Congregational Church, UCC, 33 Concord St. in Peterborough on Monday March 7 at 7:00 pm.

Rev. Rowe, a resident of N. Phoenix, has been working for humane immigration policies for more than ten years.
She sits on the Board of Directors for Humane Borders, a humanitarian organization that maintains water stations in remote desert regions of Southern Arizona.  She has also been active with the Somos America/We Are America
Coalition in advocating for human and civil rights in Arizona.  Rev. Rowe was 2011 recipient of the City of Phoenix
Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award.

Rev. Rowe was accompanied by Eva Castillo Turgeon, who leads the NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees,
and Arnie Alpert of AFSC-NH.

“We were profoundly disturbed by the passage last year of SB1070, the harshest anti-immigrant legislation in the
country, by the Arizona Legislature,” said the Rev. Mary Westfall, chair of the UCC NH Conference’s Commission
on Witness and Action.  “This legislation, which codifies racial profiling and creates an atmosphere of suspicion,
hatred, and scapegoating of immigrants and U.S citizens, was opposed by the UCC’s Southwest Conference,” Rev.
Westfall added.

At its 2010 annual meeting, the NH Conference of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution calling for
solidarity with immigrants and with the Southwest Conference of the UCC.  The resolution called on church
members “to consider prayer, study, protest, and other possible actions for immigrant rights, and that the NHCUCC
will mobilize our congregations for just and fair Federal Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

“Rev. Rowe’s tour will be an excellent opportunity for us to act in the spirit of the resolution we adopted in
October,” said Rev. Westfall, who serves as pastor of the Durham Community Church.

“With the legislature considering several bills dealing with immigration, Rev. Rowe’s visit is especially timely,” said
Arnie Alpert of the American Friends Service Committee, which is co-sponsoring Rev. Rowe’s tour.

The United Church of Christ is New Hampshire’s largest Protestant group, with 139 churches and 23,000 members across the state.

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization whose work for social justice includes a commitment to humane immigration reform.

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For more information about Rev. Rowe’s presentation, please contact Union Congregational Church, UCC, at 603-924-3272 or uccpboro@myfairpoint.net.

First Cell-Phone Pictures

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Having broken down and gotten a cell-phone in deference to the fact that pay-phones are now either extinct or in such poor health that they barely work, I tried taking some pictures with it.

Woodstove with blazing fire March 4 2011

Woodstove with blazing fire March 4 2011

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 1

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 1

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 2

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 2

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 3

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 3

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 4

Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits 4

Denise and Family in Fantasy Pose 1957

Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Denise Ron and Terry with their Mom Dress Up at Chimneys

Denise Ron and Terry with their Mom Dress Up at Chimneys