Letter: Granny D stood tall

Friday, August 11, 2017 10:47AM
Granny D stood tall

To the editor:

During the recent legislative session in Concord democratic elections suffered a setback when certain legislators pushed an ideological agenda to limit voter participation. At the national level, the Koch brothers and other billionaires have driven that agenda leading to a great deal of dysfunction by elected officials. When something is accomplished, casual inspection consistently demonstrates how big donors influence and profit from their efforts. As a result, clean elections remain at the center of community, national and international well-being. No one taught me more about the significance of election reform than Doris “Granny D” Haddock. I cherish our conversations and miss her fierce determination since she passed in 2010.

At 5’ 1’’, Granny D was a giant for justice and is fondly remembered for her epic 3,200 mile walk from LA to DC at the age of 90 to promote campaign finance reform. Since then, Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion have carried on her work to educate the public and secure legislative goals. Next Saturday, that effort continues with the Fourth Annual Granny D Memorial Walk.

Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the corner of Cobb Meadow Road and East Harrisville Roadd in Dublin (near Granny D’s home). We will then do a 6 mile supported walk to Depot Square in Peterborough for a pizza lunch and community celebration with music by “Tattoo” featuring Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel who Granny D referred to as her “personal band!”

To cap it off, Nick Nyhart, a national expert on campaign reform will speak. Nyhart is a three-decade veteran of social change politics, issue advocacy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. In 1997, Nick joined scores of state and national money-and-politics activists to found Public Campaign (which later became Every Voice Center), where he served as national field director and deputy director before assuming the group’s helm in 2000. At Every Voice Center, Nick has worked to win cutting edge state reform efforts and has organized a number of innovative national collaborations to promote publicly financed elections at the federal level.

Please join us for this free event. It is always enjoyable and I hope to see you there!

John Friede