WATCH: “Why are you joining the NH Rebellion?”
MANCHESTER, NH – A gathering of self-proclaimed rebels pushing back against politics as usual gathered Nov. 5 at City Hall in Manchester to ceremoniously sign their names to the “We the People” Pledge.
It’s an initiative they will take to every presidential candidate who comes to New Hampshire courting the electorate, pressing them to sign the document and take a stand against the corruption of democracy through corporate greed and “dark money,” which they say has taken the political process out of the hands of average Americans.
The goal is to get a Constitutional Amendment passed to reverse the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which split the court 5 to 4, and allows for unlimited spending by corporations and unions on political advertising and influential materials.
Among those gathered for the brief pep rally were former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, a Democrat, and Brad Cook, a prominent Republican attorney, who serves as Executive Director of the Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH Law School, and is chair of the NH Ballot Law Commission.
Getting money out of politics is a bi-partisan issue, and must be addressed before any candidate can begin to solve our country’s other issues, says the group’s Executive Director Daniel Weeks.
Following the rally, the group planned to eat lunch together and then visit the various downtown campaign offices of presidential candidates, to request they sign the pledge.
“We want to get at least 10,000 signatures, from candidates and citizens,” Wells said.
The New Hampshire Rebellion is a bi-partisan movement of citizens who are “Walking the Talk” to get big money out of politics — part of their activism has included participation in organized walks around the state, a show of solidarity while talking about the need for campaign finance reform to voters.
“We are motivated by one undeniable fact: American government no longer works for the American people because of the corrupting influence of special interest money in elections,” reads a statement on their website.
The group believes New Hampshire’s high national profile during the New Hampshire Primary makes it an ideal place for the movement to germinate and grow organically into a national movement in time for the November 2016 election.
They are looking for both the voting public and the campaigning candidates to step up and pledge to make an issue of reforming the way the American political system operates.
NH Rebellion is part of Open Democracy, the NH nonprofit founded by New Hampshire activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who famously walked across the country at the age of 89 in 2000, in the name of campaign finance reform.