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NH State House Watch

NH State House Watch

 AFSC’s New Hampshire State House Watch newsletter is published weekly during legislative sessions to bring you information about matters being discussed in Concord including housing, the death penalty, immigration, and labor rights.  We also follow the state budget and tax system, voting rights, corrections policy, and more. For an email subscription, visit our main page and click on <SUBSCRIBE>. 

We also have a weekly radio show on Mondays from 5 to 6 pm, re-broadcast Tuesdays from 8 to 9 am.  You can listen live on WNHN, 94.7 FM in Concord, or over the internet. You can download a podcast of any of our earlier shows.





June 1, 2018

Happy June!

Survey Time

While we work on compiling our 2018 end-of-session report, we want to give you some homework.  Please let us know what you think of State House Watch by completing this short survey. Your opinions matter to us as we begin planning to watch the State House next year.

It’s not exactly homework, but one other thing we are asking you to consider is making a donation to the American Friends Service Committee to support our work.  In addition to producing this newsletter, doing a weekly radio show, we also provide ongoing support and training year-round for movements advancing human rights, social justice, and peace.  We depend mostly on individual donations for all of it.  Please visit our website and look for the DONATE button.  

Since we have your attention, we can’t resist giving you a little bit of news.  Yesterday was the deadline for comments to the NH Supreme Court on how they should handle the governor’s request for a judicial opinion on the constitutionality of HB 1264, the bill which ties voting rights to “residency” rather than “domicile.”  The ACLU wrote that the matter is “unripe for judicial review.”  However, they said that if the justices choose to render an opinion they should inform the governor that the bill is unconstitutional.  “HB 1264 discriminates against and imposes onerous motor vehicle fees on voters who live in New Hampshire, but who know that they will be leaving the state at some point in the future,” the ACLU argued in its brief.  “As the bill’s legislative history makes clear, this bill is specifically targeted at deterring college students—who are constitutionally entitled to vote in New Hampshire—from exercising their right to vote.”  Read more in the Union Leader and listen to our final episode of “State House Watch Radio” next week for Louise Spencer’s take on the issue.  

State House Watch Radio

We will wrap up the year with Louise Spencer of the Kent Street Coalition next week and then go into summer mode.  Topics will include voting rights, the defeat of the school voucher bill, and the role the Coalition played in public and behind the scenes to advance a progressive agenda.

During the legislative season, “State House Watch” can be heard every Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on WNHN-LP, 94.7 FM in the Concord area and live-streamed at  The show repeats at 8:00 AM Tuesday.  You can also listen to podcasts of past shows. 

Our survey also invites your opinions of our radio show (even if you’ve never listened).  Use this link to let us know what your think of “State House Watch.” 

Instead of Maggie, Arnie, and guests, you can hear music – including songs played on “State House Watch” – during our regular time slot after next week's show.  You can hear other great music and progressive talk shows whenever you tune in to WNHN-LP.   

Events Coming Up…

Tomorrow, June 2, is the NH Progressive Summit and the GSOP's Micah Awards Dinner!

The Poor People’s Campaign: a national call for moral revival, continues its weekly actions with a rally Monday, June 4 focused on the importance of health and a healthy planet.  Find out more from the campaign’s Facebook page, or sign up for updates at  Rallies are at 2 PM by the State House steps, followed by nonviolent moral fusion direct action.  The next training session – required for all who are considering participation in the campaign’s civil disobedience actions – will be Sunday afternoon, June 10 in Concord.   

The next Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice is Tuesday, June 5 at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester from 8:30 to 10:00 AM.

World Fellowship begins its summer season on June 21.  Find out more about their speakers, cultural activities, and vacation options on their website.  Arnie will be one of the speakers, July 30 and 31, joined by Joanne Sheehan of the War Resisters League for a look-back at the Poor People’s Campaign. 

The Black Heritage Trail of NH is offering walking tours of Portsmouth, a Juneteenth Celebration, and more.  Check out their website for details.

If you are in Peterborough, stop by the Mariposa Museum.  They have a quilting workshop tomorrow, a quilt exhibit on the life of Nelson Mandela, and more. 

Don’t forget: every Sunday is Civil Rights Sunday in Portsmouth, 3 PM at Market Square.

Mark your calendars:  the 2018 AFSC fundraising dinner will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Concord Unitarian Universalist Church.  Our guest speaker will be Annelise Orleck, author of We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: the global uprising against poverty wages.  More details soon.

One more thing: please complete our 2018 “State House Watch” survey by clicking here.  Thanks. is a great way to keep up with lots of other events going on in NH and Maine.  Post your events there!


With very best wishes,
Maggie and Arnie


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AFSC’s New Hampshire "State House Watch" newsletter is published to bring you information about matters being discussed in Concord including housing, the death penalty, immigration, and labor rights. We also follow the state budget and tax system, voting rights, corrections policy, and more.

The AFSC is a Quaker organization supported by people of many faiths who care about peace, social justice, humanitarian service, and nonviolent change. Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty direct the New Hampshire Program, publish the newsletter, and co-host the “State House Watch” radio show on WNHN-FM. Susan Bruce is State House Watch researcher and writer. Fred Portnoy produces the radio show. 

"State House Watch" is made possible in part by a grant from the Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust.


Your donations make our work possible. Click the “DONATE NOW” button on our web page to send a secure donation to support the work of the AFSC’s New Hampshire Program. Thanks!