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April 7, 2021

HB 544 Divisive Thought

House floor speech

 

I was selected as one of two people to speak against this bill.  My speech:

Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, but does anyone here doubt that racism is still, alive and well in this country and in this state. 

In 2020 we saw many examples of racism, Amard Arbery, the jogger shot dead when he stopped for a moment to check out the progress at a home under construction.  I’ve done that before.  Would those men have shot me?

The Black teen in a New York hotel attacked by a woman who had lost her iphone.  If I had been there with an iphone, would she have attacked me?

 

And the newest trend in racial violence, attacking Asian Americans who are just walking down the street.  What will be next?  Who will be next?

If passing a law would eliminate racism, I would vote for it.  But no law can cure the problem of racism. 

The only way to cure racism and other forms of bias, is for everyone to learn more about the different forms it can take, why it exists, and to appreciate what it feels like to be on the receiving end. 

What we need is more education and dialog about racism, not less. We need to encourage, not stifle, teaching about racism at all educational levels.   It should be woven through the curriculum in ways that are age appropriate.  And I trust our teachers to do that.

Everyone deserves to feel safe, to be treated with dignity, and to have equal access to a quality education, job opportunities, housing, loans, and business mentorships. For this to come about we need to talk about racism.

I urge you to remove HB 544 from HB2 for two reasons.  One.  It places unconstitutional restrictions on our first amendment right of free speech.   And two. Unless we can talk about how our behaviors and policies impact minorities, racism will continue.  By banning discussion about racism, this section actually protects racism.   

Let’s make it clear, New Hampshire condemns racism and sexism. 

July 2020

Rights and Democracy – NH Endorsement

 

I am honored to be endorsed for the second time by an organization that fights for fair wages, Medicare for all and an equal opportunity for everyone to live the American dream.

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September 2020

Moms Demand Action

Gun Sense Candidate

 

Based on my record of working to make schools gun-free zones and supporting other gun safety legislation, I have received the Moms Demand Action Candidate recognition award.

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September 2020

NH Stonewall Democrats Endorsement

 

I am honored to be endorsed by those who work for rights and equal treatment of the LGBT community.  In so doing they fight all forms of bias.

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June 26, 2019

Gun Free Schools Bill Sent to Governor

 

This  bill that will help police keep guns off schools grounds it on its way to the Governor.  It is a sensible bill that does not impinge on anyone's  right to own or carry a gun.  Making this a state-wide policy, rather than a local decision, means there will be no confusion over where guns are allowed or not allowed.

 

Here's the text of the bill:

I.  No person shall knowingly carry a firearm on public school property, including buildings, grounds, school buses, and vans.  Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

II.  This section shall not apply to:

(a)  Any person picking up or dropping off a student, provided the firearm remains in a motor vehicle.

(b)  Any person authorized by name and in writing by the school board or duly authorized designee to possess a firearm.  Such authorization shall not be subject to RSA 91-A [public access to records] and shall specify the weapon or weapons that have been authorized, the purpose and scope of the authorization, and the time period for which the authorization applies.  Prior to adopting such authorization, the school board shall hold at least one public hearing, noticed in the usual manner, which shall also include written notice designed to reach the general student population for the purpose of soliciting their input and participation.

(c)  Any law enforcement officer, when on duty or service as a school resource officer, or member of the armed services of the United States or National Guard when on duty.

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Thanks to all who helped make my primary and general election campaigns successful. 

Fiscal Agent:  Frances Taylor, PO Box Q, Holderness NH 03245