Sunday, March 22, 2009

Follow Up: March 21 Budget Forum and OFA Canvass

Saturday was a busy day for local activists, kicking off at 10:00 AM with the "Follow the Money: Understanding the State Budget" forum at the Portsmouth Public Library. NH House Speaker Terie Norelli discussed the process of approving the state budget and answered questions from the audience about the fate of funding for Health and Human Service programs and other proposed adjustments to state spending. Foster's Daily Democrat reported on the forum in today's paper ("Concerns aired about proposed N.H. budget cuts," Bob Cook, 03.22.09). Organizing the forum was a joint project of the Portsmouth City Democratic Committee and Seacoast for Change.

Several Seacoast for Change volunteers also participated in Organizing for America's Pledge Canvass to draw public support for President Obama's plan to lay the groundwork for lasting prosperity by investing in clean energy, education for the 21st century, and quality, affordable health care for all. Clipboards in hand, we staked out a sunny spot in Market Square between 1:00-2:30 PM on Saturday afternoon. The reception from locals and visitors was pleasantly warm, and 31 supporters signed pledge forms. The Portsmouth action was one of four scheduled pledge project events in NH. For those who want to know more about the pledge canvass, the Washington Post reported on OFA's March 21 national day of action ("Obama's Campaign Army on Road Again"). In the above photo, Doug M. of Newfields (far right) signs up a group of supporters.

We'll be inviting Seacoast for Change volunteers to participate in more actions to support the passage of President Obama's proposals to renew America and create an economy that works for everyone in the coming weeks and months--stay tuned!