Granny D walk coming to Dublin and Peterborough Saturday 

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Volunteers assembled at Depot Square in Peterborough Wednesday afternoon to craft signs for the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk, which will take place on Aug. 25. The walk carries forward Doris "Granny D" Haddock's cause of promoting campaign finance reform. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/21/2018 10:52:50 AM

Dublin-based political activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock passed away more than eight years ago, but her advocacy for campaign finance reform continues on in the Monadnock Region and elsewhere.

Open Democracy will host the fifth annual Granny D Memorial Walk Saturday. Walkers will gather in front of Granny D’s home near the intersection of Cobb Meadow Road and East Harrisville Road in Dublin for a six-mile walk, which ends in Depot Square Park in Peterborough.

“Big money in politics is worse than ever,” Open Democracy Board Member Carol Wyndham said. “It takes a lot of work to get the message out and we the people have to do it.”

Wyndham was among a small group of volunteers gathered at Depot Square in Peterborough on Wednesday afternoon creating signs for the walk. Signs included sayings like “put citizens first in politics,” “make elections fair again,” and “money out voters in.”

“If you don’t keep the word out it gets pushed by the wayside,” volunteer Kathleen Allen said.

Granny D became nationally known when at the age of 88, she walked more than 3,200 miles across the United States in an effort to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform. She began her walk in California on Jan. 1, 1999 and arrived in Washington D.C. 14 months later.

Granny D founded Open Democracy, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, in 2009. “Political equality for all through an open, accountable, trusted government free from the corruption of big money politics” is the mission of Open Democracy, according to its website.

“Eighty percent of New Hampshire voters believe ‘Big Money’ is a problem in New Hampshire elections,” Open Democracy Executive Director Olivia Zink said in a press release. “Our NH Rebellion ‘walkers’ are doing something to fix the system – just like ‘Granny D’ walked clear across the country to draw attention to the need for campaign reform.”

Food and entertainment will be provided at the end of the walk in Depot Square around noon. Adam Eichen, a communication strategist for Equal Citizens and co-author of “Daring Democracy” will address the walkers in Depot Square.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 603-715-8197 or visit nhrebellion.org.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.


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