A recent report by the Rights & Democracy Education Fund — “New Hampshire Together: Voices from the Granite State”* — found strong, shared agreement across the state around the major issues facing our families and communities.
They are: lack of access to affordable health care; the impact of the overdose crisis; quality public education; jobs that don’t pay enough; the cost of meeting the basics in life; the affordability of college and career training; and pollution of land and water.
The same report found similar, broad agreement to solutions such as raising wages and benefits for Granite Staters—83 percent of people surveyed said raising wages would "help" (23 percent) or provide a "great deal of help" (60 percent).
RAD is working with community members and allies throughout the state for true, lasting solutions to several of the community problems identified in our survey, including issues of health care, quality jobs, public education, and raising the state's minimum wage, which was abolished in 2011.
RAD is a member of Raise Up NH, a project of the New Hampshire Alliance for a Moral Economy, a coalition of faith, labor, and grassroots community organizations convened by the Granite State Organizing Project.
Raise Up NH coalition members include: Granite State Organizing Project, American Friends Service Committee of NH, SEIU Local 1984- NH State Employees Association, AFL-CIO of New Hampshire, Rights & Democracy NH, United Valley Interfaith Project, Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, The Economic Justice Caucus of the NH Legislature, UU Action, The Economic Justice Mission Group of the United Church of Christ, The Sisters of Mercy, Poor People’s Campaign of NH, NH Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health
Learn more about Raise Up NH in this piece from New Hampshire Public Radio.
Also from NHPR: Can Minimum Wage Workers Make Rent in New Hampshire?
* The report's findings are from the 889 New Hampshire residents who filled out the New Hampshire Community Survey, which was conducted beginning in the winter and continuing through the summer of 2018.