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Letter: Justice and caring is right path for N.H.


Sunday, November 04, 2018

An open letter to all N.H. candidates: We are a nonpartisan group that advocates for social, economic, environmental and political justice. We support candidates who commit to issues that benefit N.H. communities through justice and caring.

New Hampshire has the highest rates of bladder, breast, esophageal and pediatric cancer in the nation. We cannot turn our backs on people who are sick and dying with cancer and chronic illness. Everyone deserves high-quality, affordable health care without fear of ruin. We believe in Medicare for All. It would save money and provide dignity, caring and respect.

The recent IPCC report concluded that “we are already seeing the consequences of 1-degree Celsius of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes.” We must immediately and boldly commit to making rapid, far-reaching policy changes to replace fossil fuel and nuclear-based energy with 100 percent renewable and sustainable energy sources by 2035. We want leaders who do not take money from and are not beholden to fossil fuel industry lobbyists.

We must end senseless violence in our communities. Suicide from guns is taking too many lives; the mental health care system in New Hampshire demands attention. We want you to refuse money from the gun lobby and support evidence-based approaches to prevent gun violence.

We are paying attention to what you say and how you vote. We would like to work with you. You must earn our support.

Rep. MINDI MESSMER

Rye

(The letter was cosigned by the following members of N.H. Progressives for Justice: Bob Ehlers, Hooksett; Ken Grossman, Barrington; Annie Robbins, Wakefield; Dave Vroom and Dick Bednar, Hampton; Stan Freeda, Farmington; Lucy Edwards, Nottingham; and John Raeder, Jackson.)