EXECUTIVE SESSION RESCHEDULED
CACR19's Executive Session Is Now
Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 9:00 AM
Rm 301 Legislative Offices Building:
33 N. State, Concord, NH, 03301
At this session, the House Municipal & County Government committee will vote on how to recommend CACR19 to the full NH House.
PLEASE ATTEND to show the M&CG committee that We the People of the Granite State care very much about amending our state constitution to
Protect People, Principles, and
Places above Profit.
SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW?
The Community Rights Movement to the New Hampshire House: Let the People Decide What’s Best
CACR19's Tuesday, Feb. 27th
executive session at 9:00 AM
CACR19 needs majority support in the full 20-member
House Municipal & County Government committee.
This means at least 11 members have to believe it is time to elevate people and nature above corporation and profit!
PLEASE CONTINUE TO CALL
HOUSE M&CG COMMITTEE MEMBERS
URGE THEM TO RECOMMEND THAT CACR19 OUGHT-TO-PASS
NOTICE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO ARE STILL UNCERTAIN!!!
Jane Beaulieu: Manchester, Hillsborough 45 (603) 626-1260
James Belanger: Hollis, Hillsborough 27 (603) 465-2301
John Bordenet: Keene, Cheshire 05 (603) 352-0680
Clyde Carson: Warner, Merrimack 07 (603) 456-2562 Supports
Francis Chase: Seabrook, Rockingham 20 (603) 944-0830 Uncertain
Debra DeSimone: Atkinson, Rockingham 14 (603) 362-4314 Uncertain
Francis Gauthier: Claremont, Sullivan 03 (603) 543-7382 Opposes
Julie Gilman: Exeter, Rockingham 18 (603) 580-1393 Supports
Timothy Josephson: Canaan, Grafton 11 (603) 523-2023
Carolyn Matthews: Raymond, Rockingham 03 (603) 244-2027
Frank McCarthy: Conway, Carroll 02 (603) 356-9160
Mark McLean: Manchester, Hillsborough 44 (603) 668-0076 Opposes
David Meader: Keene, Cheshire 06 (603) 357-1340
Vincent Migliore: Bridgewater, Grafton 09 (603) 744-5800 Supports
Steven Rand: Plymouth, Grafton (603) 236-6587
Franklin Sterling: Jaffrey, Cheshire 14 (603) 532-8284
Brian Stone: Northwood, Rockingham 01 (603) 724-1404 Opposes
Bruce Tatro: Swanzey, Cheshire 15 (603) 352-3904
Susan Treleaven: Dover, Strafford 17(603) 749-2347 Supports
Tripp Richard: Derry, Rockingham 06 (603) 434-4674
Sample message: "Hello, my name is _________, and I am reaching out to you in support of CACR19 from the town of _________. I want to know that local majority voices matter, and CACR19 provides this assurance without limiting already established rights. I support the people of New Hampshire having the recognized, secured, and protected authority to protect the well-being of their municipalities and of the natural environments on which they depend. I urge you to vote ought-to-pass on CACR19.
Remember to leave your name & number!
IF A REPRESENTATIVE ASKS A QUESTION AND YOU'RE NOT SURE ABOUT AN ANSWER, PLEASE ASK IF YOU CAN GET BACK TO THEM ON IT -- THEN EMAIL THE QUESTION TO NHCRN FOR A RESPONSE THAT YOU CAN THEN SHARE WITH THE COMMITTEE MEMBER.
FAQ on CACR19
WHAT CACR19 WOULD ACTUALLY DO
If passed with 3/5 majority in the NH House & Senate, and if passed by 2/3 majority vote by the people, CACR19 would become Article 40 of our NH Bill of Rights.
It would codify that the individual citizens of NH have the recognized constitutional right to pass local laws in their town, municipality, city and county to protect both their human communities and the natural ecosystems on which their survival depends, including in the face of corporate harm--so long as locally-made laws would not infringe on real persons' existing rights under state and federal law.
Because rights are not gifted by any constitution but recognized and enumerated within them, CACR19 is purposefully not a proposed law but a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to specifically enumerate the individual right to local self-government within NH’s State Constitution in the same way freed slaves' equal rights were recognized within the U.S. Constitution.
Finally, because laws enacted under this amendment would include protection of natural ecosystems (think air, water, soil) on which NH citizens depend, CACR19 mentions Rights of Nature. Precedent for Rights of Nature is growing in the U.S. and around the world as evidenced by scholarship, changing law, legal cases, and the International Center for the Rights of Nature.
Join NHCRN in standing up for community rights.
Join NHCRN in standing up for election integrity and one of our most basic civil rights,
our right to vote and have our vote counted accurately
HB 1582, Trust But Verify, was heard in the House Election Law Committee on
Tuesday January 23, and recommended Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL) on February 14th
Even though the bill came out of the election law committee with an Inexpedient to Legislate recommendation,
the sponsor, Rep. Porter, intends to fight for passage on the House Floor.
House Bill 1582, Trust But Verify, will be coming for a vote on the House Floor the week of March 5th
IF YOU WANT ELECTION INTEGRITY AND A VERIFIED VOTE COUNT, CALL THE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO VOTE OTP ON HB 1582
Now is the time to contact your Representatives, informing them that this bill will protect our vote count from tampering by restoring to Town and Ward Moderators the authority to verity the machine count. Moderators had this authority until 2016 when the Secretary of State arbitrarily decided to deny them this right. With all the news of not only the ease of tampering, but actual hacking by state actors, it is important to restore this simple way for moderators to verify that their machines have not been tampered with in such a way as to manipulate the vote count.
Contact Your State Representative in support of an accurate vote count. Representatives do take note of such communications.
Trust But Verify FAQ
The NH Community Rights Amendment - CACR19
18-2547.1 06/05 STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION [CACR19] PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
RELATING TO: right to govern.
PROVIDING THAT: the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety and welfare.
Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the Constitution of
New Hampshire be amended as follows:
I. That the first part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 39 the following new article:
[Art.] 40. [Right of Local Community Self-Government.] All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.
II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2018.
III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2018 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2018 session of the general court shall be approved.
IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:
“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the constitution by inserting after article 39 a new article to read as follows:
[Art.] 40. [Right of Local Community Self-Government.] All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law."
V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2018 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.
VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption
CACR19 Targeted by Gun Lobbyists
The NRA's New Hampshire chapter--the Gun Owners of NH--has attacked the NH Community Rights Amendment with an anti-CACR19 action alert on its website and a letter to the Municipal & County Government committee.
Home Rule No Go
GONH's Attack on CACR19
Gun Lobbyists Target Right to Protect
NHCRN's Response to NRA Fear Mongering
GONH's main claim is that CACR19 would authorize local laws that restrict individual constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms. This claim is erroneous for 3 reasons:
1) IT IGNORES CACR19'S BASIS
The right of local community self-government includes the right to a system of government within local communities that, one, is controlled by community majority and that, two, secures and protects the civil and political rights of every person in the community. It also includes, three, the right to alter or abolish the system of local government if it infringes on the prior two components. TAKE AWAY: Any majority-voted community self-government law would be limited by people's civil and political rights, i.e. laws adopted under CACR19 could not infringe upon the right to bear arms and could only expand, not lessen, people's rights secured by local, state, and federal constitutions.
2) IT IGNORES CACR19'S LANGUAGE
Republican NRA members and sponsors of CACR19 have consistently directed naysayers to study CACR19's language: "Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law." TAKE AWAY: CACR19 would PROTECT rights for natural persons--including Second Amendment rights--already recognized in state and federal constitutions.
3) IT IGNORES PRECEDENT
In 2008 and 2010 cases, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that Second Amendment rights are individual constitutional rights and consequentlyoverturned local firearm restrictions as violations of these rights. TAKE AWAY: U.S. Supreme Court precedent holds that CACR19 would not protect local laws attempting to restrict Second Amendment rights.
THURSDAY, FEB 8, 2018
We the People 2.0
As part of our grassroots organizing, Community Rights Awareness Campaign, the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) is proud to co-sponsor a film showing of We the People 2.0 – The Second American Revolution.
NH! Your Democracy is at Risk
The people of New Hampshire are awakening to the reality of corporate control of state government. The corporate-state’s attacks upon this last vestige of direct democracy is indeed eye-opening. It reveals how the government of, by and for the elite minority is threatened by the possibility of local, democratic self-government of, by and for the majority.
Passing Local Ordinances is our Right!
Listen to Laura Slitt with Marc on Drive Time at WMVW. Michelle Sanborn of CELDF speaking at Conway Public Library about Protecting People & Places
Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril
This hour documentary, produced by Breakaway Media, reveals the threats to the Great & Little Bay and its watershed in New Hampshire, impacting communities and ecosystems across the region.
CELDF’s Michelle Sanborn – also with the New Hampshire Community Rights Network – is interviewed on the film. She explores the systemic barriers we face to protect our communities, and how the NHCRN and CELDF are supporting communities to overcome those barriers and realize sustainability.
NH Towns Exploring RBOs
A slew of New Hampshire towns are in the path of a 192-mile high tower electrical transmission line, carrying industrial hyrdo-power from Canada. The Granite State is is poised to become an extension cord for the sole purpose of delivering power to other states. Communities don’t want it. They are hosting a Community Rights Awareness Workshop to learn about the barriers they face to stopping it – and what they can do about it.