[Hpn] NHCC E-News for December 19, 2007

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1. NHCC Annual Appeal
2. Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
3. Could Your Community Bounce Back?
4. Critical Meeting Against Extended Gambling
5. 26th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration
6. Quote of the Week
7. New Jersey Abolishes the Death Penalty
8. Granite State Fair Tax Coalition has a New Website
9. Friends' Committee On National Legislation Revises Its Guide to the =
Presidential Candidates



1. Council kicks off Annual Appeal: The New Hampshire Council of =
Churches has launched its annual fund appeal. As denominations feel =
increasing financial pressures, they are often forced to make difficult =
decisions regarding their support of other organizations. In recent =
years the council has experienced a decline in denominational support, =
which places even greater emphasis on our need for individual donors and =
local churches. Even if you have not received an appeal letter from the =
council, we would welcome your generous support of the council and its =
many ministries. Contributions should be made to: The New Hampshire =
Council of Churches, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH 03302-1087. Thank you for =
your faithful support of the council's vital work in New Hampshire.=20

2. December 21 each year is National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, =
when communities around the country gather to remember those who have =
died homeless.   The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National =
Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the National Consumer Advisory =
Board urge you to organize or participate in local Memorial Day events.
  In Concord, please join us from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the State =
House Plaza in Concord.  Please bring an offering of a canned good for a =
local food pantry.  Contact:  Maggie Fogarty (603)224-2407, or =
mfogarty@afsc.org.
   In Manchester, there will be a candlelight vigil in Manchester's =
Veterans Park at 6 p.m.  Please bring a candle. Contact:  Cindy Carlson, =
Under the Bridge Project, (603)624-8320 or xcarlsonx@juno.com.
  In Keene:  Candlelight Vigil, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Community =
Kitchen, 37 Mechanic Street, Keene.Please bring a canned good or cereal =
bars for the local food pantry. Contact:  Jaime Contois ( =
Jaime@wfwin.org  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, =
you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) 603-504-2906.  Nashua:  =
Candlelight Vigil at Soldier Park, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.Contact:  Ken Lewis, =
Harbor Homes (603)595-7414.
    In Lebanon, a candlelight vigil will be held on the lawn of the =
First Congregational Church of Lebanon (across the Green).  The event is =
being sponsored by Tri County CAP Homeless Programs, Ten Bricks and the =
Upper Valley Haven.  Contact:  Joie Finley Morris (603)443-6150 for more =
information.=20

3. HSEM COMMUNITY RESILIENCY TRAINING SCHEDULED - N.H. Homeland Security =
and Emergency Management is offering a program on Community Resiliency =
to be held in three locations around the state in January. Resilience is =
the capacity to cope, adapt and return to effectiveness in the wake of =
severe stress or trauma. The program is designed for mental health =
professionals and anyone involved in disaster planning and response. =
Resilience during disease outbreaks and in wartime will be a special =
focus of the program. It will take place 1:30 - 4 p.m. at the following =
locations:=20
January 11th-Cheshire Medical Center, Keene=20
January 18th-N.H. Fire Academy, Concord=20
January 23rd-Dion Center, Rivier College, Nashua=20
There is no cost for this program. To register, or for more information, =
contact Rhonda Theriault at 223-3617 or RhondaTheriault@hsem.nh.govThis =
e-mail a! ddress is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript =
enabled to view it .

4. The Granite State Coalition Against Extended Gambling will meet in =
Concord on Monday, January 14 at 1 pm. For more information, e-mail =
David Lamarre-Vincent at <david@nhchurches.org>.

5. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in =
Manchester, on January 21, at St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 =
Hanover Street, Manchester.  Participate in a potluck meal at 2 pm, =
followed at 2 by the winner of the 2008 MLK Award, Dr. Marie Metoyer; =
the winner of the Lionel Johnson Youth Art Contest, Mr. Omer Elrayah; =
guest speaker Treda Collier, founder of Sweet Sanctuary ; and music from =
the Rhythm of NH Show Chorus and the West High School Jazz Band. Click =
here for flyer and details.

6. Quote of the Week: "...social change seems to most readily occur when =
social movements push against open doors. Real social progress seems to =
require that combination - strong social movements and open political =
doors. I believe we may be approaching just such a time." =20
                                                                         =
                      ---Rev. Jim Wallis, whose new book, out on Jan. =
22, profiles an emergi! ng spiritual movement with a social agenda. It's =
called The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a =
Post-Religious Right America. The book charts how "great awakenings" in =
the past have featured a "revival" of faith that also changes society. =
It describes how we may well be on the verge of another such movement to =
make dramatic change on issues like poverty, pandemic diseases, climate =
change, human rights, and war and peace.

7.  NJ Death Penalty Repealed: "I believe society must first determine =
if its endorsement of violence begets violence, and if violence =
undermines our commitment to the sanctity of life. To these questions, I =
answer, "Yes."=20
            -- Governor Jon S. Corzine, announcing the abolition of the =
death penalty in New Jersey. Corzine also stated, "Other good people =
will describe today's actions in quite different terms - in terms of =
injustice - particularly those who carry heavy hearts, broken hearts =
from their tragic losses. This bill does not forgive or in any way =
condone the unfathomable acts carried out by the eight men now on New =
Jersey's death row. They will spend the rest of their lives in jail." =
(Source: The New York Times)            =20

8. GSFTC has a new website: You can now read and download Granite State =
Fair Tax Coalition fact sheets and research papers from various think =
tanks, universities and state governments. GSFTC volunteers circulating =
petitions in their towns can download materials to help with that. You =
can check their calendar for events coming up. You can order a free copy =
of our video "Property Tax Relief vs. The Pledge - The NH Tax Story".

9. FCNL has revised Eyes on the Prize: Presidential Candidates on Iran, =
Iraq, and Nuclear Weapons to include statements, bird dog reports, and =
news reports through December 2007. They have also added candidates Mike =
Huckabee and Ron Paul to the compilation since both are polling higher =
than 5% in early states. Download it at www.fcnl.org/candidates.=20

 Friends Committee on National Legislation:   A Quaker Lobby in the =
Public Interest  publishes electronic newsletter. Most recent edition of =
E-news includes=20

 No New Nuclear Weapons
Congress Bans Cluster Bomb Exports=20
Congress Takes Steps to Reduce Energy Consumption
Congress Boosts Money for the Poor, Students, and Native Americans
 Help Us Continue our Work Next Year
 Make Peace an Election Year Issue
 War is Not the Answer Photo of the Week=20


Read the newsletter on FCNL's website: =
http://action.fcnl.org/r/3500/30014/







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<P>1. NHCC Annual Appeal<BR>2. Homeless Persons' Memorial Day<BR>3. =
Could Your=20
Community Bounce Back?<BR>4. Critical Meeting Against Extended =
Gambling<BR>5.=20
26th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration<BR>6. Quote of the =
Week<BR>7. New=20
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Coalition has a=20
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Guide=20
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<P>1. <STRONG>Council kicks off Annual Appeal:</STRONG> The New =
Hampshire=20
Council of Churches has launched its annual fund appeal. As =
denominations feel=20
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decisions regarding their support of other organizations. In recent =
years the=20
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places even=20
greater emphasis on our need for individual donors and local churches. =
Even if=20
you have not received an appeal letter from the council, we would =
welcome your=20
generous support of the council and its many ministries. Contributions =
should be=20
made to: The New Hampshire Council of Churches, PO Box 1087, Concord, NH =

03302-1087. Thank you for your faithful support of the council=92s vital =
work in=20
New Hampshire. </P>
<P>2.<STRONG> December 21 each year is National Homeless Persons=92 =
Memorial=20
Day,</STRONG> when communities around the country gather to remember =
those who=20
have died homeless.&nbsp;&nbsp; The National Coalition for the Homeless, =
the=20
National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and the National Consumer =

Advisory Board urge you to organize or participate in local Memorial Day =

events.<BR>&nbsp; In Concord, please join us from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. =
at the=20
State House Plaza in Concord.&nbsp; Please bring an offering of a canned =
good=20
for a local food pantry.&nbsp; Contact:&nbsp; Maggie Fogarty =
(603)224-2407, or=20
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href=3D"mailto:mfogarty@afsc.org">mfogarty@afsc.org</A>.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; =
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<STRONG>Manchester,</STRONG> there will be a candlelight vigil in =
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Veterans Park at 6 p.m.&nbsp; Please bring a candle. Contact:&nbsp; =
Cindy=20
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href=3D"mailto:xcarlsonx@juno.com">xcarlsonx@juno.com</A>.<BR>&nbsp; In =
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603-504-2906.&nbsp; Nashua:&nbsp; Candlelight Vigil at Soldier Park, 5 =
p.m. to 6=20
p.m.Contact:&nbsp; Ken Lewis, Harbor Homes =
(603)595-7414.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;=20
In <STRONG>Lebanon,</STRONG> a candlelight vigil will be held on the =
lawn of the=20
First Congregational Church of Lebanon (across the Green).&nbsp; The =
event is=20
being sponsored by Tri County CAP Homeless Programs, Ten Bricks and the =
Upper=20
Valley Haven.&nbsp; Contact:&nbsp; Joie Finley Morris (603)443-6150 for =
more=20
information. </P>
<P>3.<STRONG> HSEM COMMUNITY RESILIENCY TRAINING SCHEDULED</STRONG> =96 =
N.H.=20
Homeland Security and Emergency Management is offering a program on =
Community=20
Resiliency to be held in three locations around the state in January. =
Resilience=20
is the capacity to cope, adapt and return to effectiveness in the wake =
of severe=20
stress or trauma. The program is designed for mental health =
professionals and=20
anyone involved in disaster planning and response. Resilience during =
disease=20
outbreaks and in wartime will be a special focus of the program. It will =
take=20
place 1:30 =96 4 p.m. at the following locations: <BR>January =
11th=96Cheshire=20
Medical Center, Keene <BR>January 18th=96N.H. Fire Academy, Concord =
<BR>January=20
23rd=96Dion Center, Rivier College, Nashua <BR>There is no cost for this =
program.=20
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223-3617 or <A=20
href=3D"mailto:RhondaTheriault@hsem.nh.govThis">RhondaTheriault@hsem.nh.g=
ovThis</A>=20
e-mail a! ddress is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript =
enabled=20
to view it .</P>
<P>4. <STRONG>The Granite State Coalition Against Extended =
Gambling</STRONG>=20
will meet in Concord on Monday, January 14 at 1 pm. For more =
information, e-mail=20
David Lamarre-Vincent at &lt;<A=20
href=3D"mailto:david@nhchurches.org">david@nhchurches.org</A>&gt;.</P>
<P>5. <STRONG>Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,=20
Jr.,</STRONG> in Manchester, on January 21, at St. George's Greek =
Orthodox=20
Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester.&nbsp; Participate in a =
potluck meal=20
at 2 pm, followed at 2 by the winner of the 2008 MLK Award, Dr. Marie =
Metoyer;=20
the winner of the Lionel Johnson Youth Art Contest, Mr. Omer Elrayah; =
guest=20
speaker Treda Collier, founder of <EM>Sweet Sanctuary</EM> ; and music =
from the=20
Rhythm of NH Show Chorus and the West High School Jazz Band. Click =
<EM><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nhchurches.org/index.php?option=3Dcom_docman&amp;task=3D=
doc_download&amp;gid=3D123">here</A></EM>=20
for flyer and details.</P>
<P>6. <STRONG>Quote of the Week:</STRONG> "...social change seems to =
most=20
readily occur when social movements push against open doors. Real social =

progress seems to require that combination - strong social movements and =
open=20
political doors.&nbsp;I believe we may be approaching just such a =
time."&nbsp;=20
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---<STRONG>Rev. </STRONG><STRONG>Jim Wallis</STRONG>, whose new book, =
out on=20
Jan. 22, profiles an emergi! ng spiritual movement with a social agenda. =
It's=20
called <EM>The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a =
Post-Religious=20
Right America.</EM> The book charts how "great awakenings" in the past =
have=20
featured a "revival" of faith that also changes society. It describes =
how we may=20
well be on the verge of another such movement to make dramatic change on =
issues=20
like poverty, pandemic diseases, climate change, human rights, and war =
and=20
peace.</P>
<P>7.&nbsp; <STRONG>NJ Death Penalty Repealed:</STRONG> "I believe =
society must=20
first determine if its endorsement of violence begets violence, and if =
violence=20
undermines our commitment to the sanctity of life. To these questions, I =
answer,=20
"Yes."&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nb=
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-- <STRONG>Governor Jon S. Corzine</STRONG>, announcing the abolition of =
the=20
death penalty in New Jersey. Corzine also stated, =93Other good people =
will=20
describe today=92s actions in quite different terms =97 in terms of =
injustice =97=20
particularly those who carry heavy hearts, broken hearts from their =
tragic=20
losses. This bill does not forgive or in any way condone the =
unfathomable acts=20
carried out by the eight men now on New Jersey=92s death row. They will =
spend the=20
rest of their lives in jail.=94 (Source: The New York=20
Times)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&=
nbsp;=20
</P>
<P>8. <STRONG>GSFTC has a new website:</STRONG> You can now read and =
download=20
<STRONG>Granite State Fair Tax Coalition</STRONG> fact sheets and =
research=20
papers from various think tanks, universities and state governments. =
GSFTC=20
volunteers circulating petitions in their towns can download materials =
to help=20
with that. You can check their calendar for events coming up. You can =
order a=20
free copy of our video "Property Tax Relief vs. The Pledge - The NH Tax=20
Story".</P>
<P>9. FCNL has revised <EM><STRONG>Eyes on the Prize: Presidential =
Candidates on=20
Iran, Iraq, and Nuclear Weapons</STRONG></EM> to include statements, =
bird dog=20
reports, and news reports through December 2007. They&nbsp;have also =
added=20
candidates Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul to the compilation since both are =
polling=20
higher than 5% in early states. Download it at <A=20
href=3D"http://www.fcnl.org/candidates">www.fcnl.org/candidates</A>. =
</P>
<P>&nbsp;Friends Committee on National Legislation:&nbsp;&nbsp; A Quaker =
Lobby=20
in the Public Interest&nbsp; publishes electronic newsletter. Most =
recent=20
edition of&nbsp;E-news includes&nbsp;</P>
<P>&nbsp;No New Nuclear Weapons<BR>Congress Bans Cluster Bomb=20
Exports&nbsp;<BR>Congress Takes Steps to Reduce Energy =
Consumption<BR>Congress=20
Boosts Money for the Poor, Students, and Native Americans<BR>&nbsp;Help =
Us=20
Continue our Work Next Year<BR>&nbsp;Make Peace an Election Year=20
Issue<BR>&nbsp;War is Not the Answer Photo of the Week&nbsp;</P>
<P><BR>Read the newsletter on FCNL's website: <A=20
href=3D"http://action.fcnl.org/r/3500/30014/">http://action.fcnl.org/r/35=
00/30014/</A></P>
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