Activists Rally Wednesday to ‘Put People and Planet First

Tony Schinella, Concord Patch

Tired of politicians rigging the system on behalf of big corporations and the wealthy, families in Concord, are rising up on Wednesday, March 11, to reclaim government and demand that elected officials put people and the planet before profits and polluters, according to a press release.

The rally will be kicked off by comments from Ben Cohen of Stamp Stampede and of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Supporters from NH Citizens Alliance, Granite State Progress, American Friends Service Committee, Governing Under the Influence, Open Democracy, Stamp Stampede, People For the American Way and Every Child Matters will converge on the State House just before noon.

Citing recent actions by lawmakers to kill every potential bill to raise the minimum wage out of committee, members of NH Citizens Alliance say conservative lawmakers are exacerbating inequality, hurting low-income families and families of color, weakening our democracy, and putting the environment in peril. They say enough is enough.

 On March 11, they’re joining with families around the country for “We Rise,” a national day of action in affiliation with National People’s Action, Center for Popular Democracy, and USAction. In states across the country, families are taking to the streets, parks and state capitols to send a clear message: our statehouses and our cities belong to us. It’s time for legislators to enact our bold agenda to put people and planet first.

WHO: Supporters from NH Citizens Alliance, Granite State Progress, American Friends Service Committee, Governing Under the Influence, Open Democracy, Stamp Stampede, People For the American Way and Every Child Matters. Special guest Ben Cohen from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Stamp Stampede will kick off the Rally

WHAT: Supporters will rally, hear comments from Ben Cohen and other speakers as they march on the sidewalk in front of the State House as legislators leave for lunch.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:50

WHERE: NH State House, Main Street, Concord

Social media channels to follow: #WeRise

Originally published March 10, 2015 Concord Patch