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Hundreds gather for transgender equality rally in Manchester

Hundreds of people took part in a rally for transgender equality in Manchester's Victory Park.

The rally came after President Trump called for a ban on transgender people from serving in the military but organizer said it was not solely based on that.

Organizers said they're looking at a more local approach to Transgender rights.

New Hampshire lawmakers voted to table a controversial bill concerning transgender rights earlier this year, which was a big topic of discussion at the rally.

The bill would have banned discrimination based on someone's identity. Opponents of the bill said it would have unintended consequences over the use of public bathrooms.

Supporters said it would have extended non-discrimination protections already on the books.

Those who attended Saturday's rally called on state officials to take up the issue again.

"We are working towards making sure that in the next three to four years we have candidates in place that are going to be advocating for us," said rally-attendee Helena Iaquinta. "We don't want to keep responding. We want to be ahead of the game."

The advocacy group Rights and Democracy held today's rally and plan to hold similar events in the future.


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Advocacy groups seek meeting with Gov. Sununu

PORTSMOUTH – Picketers outside 3S Artspace on Wednesday were not there in opposition to the event being held, and in fact applauded the honoring of the 10 to Watch.

Instead, members of Indivisible New Hampshire, Indivisible Portsmouth, Seacoast Huddle, Granite State Progress, and Rights and Democracy were there to see keynote speaker, Governor Chris Sununu, because of their concerns over the potential passage of the GOP health care bill, which some are calling Trumpcare 2.0, and what they say will be the devastating impacts of the bill which will replace the Affordable Care Act.

Each year, 10 to Watch recognizes young Seacoast entrepreneurs and professionals who are making a contribution to their communities.

“We think that’s wonderful,” said Linda Rhodes of Indivisible New Hampshire. “What we are doing is following the schedule of the governor because we want him to agree to meet with us. We have been asking and so far, we have received no response.”

Zandra Rice Hawkins of Granite State Progress said passing the Republican health care bill will be “rolling the dial back” on progress made to provide affordable health insurance, and that many people now covered will lose their insurance under the new plan.

The activists were handing out flyers with information, and band-aids. They were asking the attendees of 10 to Watch to wear the band-aids in support of their efforts to speak with the governor.

“We want a face to face with the governor to have a chance to voice our concerns,” said Rhodes. “The ACA added so many citizens to the insurance rolls and now all the games in this new plan will be reversing that. The governor is trying to place band-aids on the concerns and said the plan was a good conversation starter. He needs to hear what the people of his state have to say.”

When Sununu arrived, he politely took one of the groups’ flyers but did not stop to speak with them, heading to the scheduled event.

The groups say that the Republican health care plan will take away health care from 24 million Americans, send premiums through the roof, and put people with pre-existing health conditions at the mercy of insurance companies. If Sununu does not take steps to oppose the plan, they say 118,000 Granite Staters covered are at risk, and the risks also include 52,700 people now covered under the ACA Expanded Medicaid, and 597,100 NH residents with pre-existing conditions.

Read the full story here.

Monitor: Trust them, these loyal supporters still love Bernie

Trust them, these loyal supporters still love Bernie 

  • Children run in front of the stage as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is presented a banner with thank-you messages at the Political Revolution Party at Jim Mitchell Community Park in Warner on Monday. The event was put on by the political organizations Rights & Democracy and Our Revolution. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff » Buy this Image

Monitor columnist

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Bernie Sanders keeps dreaming about a better world.

And his supporters keep dreaming about Bernie.

They love him, every part of him, from his New York accent, to his rolled up shirtsleeves, to his arms extending into a hard lean against the lectern. And they trust him, too, seeing an honest, decent soul who bears no resemblance to a deceitful snake-oil salesperson.

Would you buy a used car from this man? In the case of the 400 people who showed up at Jim Mitchell Community Park in Warner on Monday, you bet. In Bernie they trust.

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Boston Globe coverage of Labor Day

BOSTON GLOBE, September 5, 2016

Sanders stumps for Clinton, slams Trump in N.H.

"In Warner, at an event organized by the left-leaning Rights and Democracy group, some Democrats seemed reluctant, but ready, to support Clinton.

“I think a lot of people feel like we’re voting for the best of the worst,” said Peter Ingold, of Warner. “She’s too much of a politician.”

Yet he and his wife, Kerry Ingold, said they feel like they have no other choice but to vote for her -- which seemed to match the tone of some of the events that day.

“We are very, very terrified of Trump,” Kerry Ingold said."

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