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Call For "Moral Economy" as NH Voters Head to Polls

Advocates for a "moral economy" will be holding an action today in Concord, just a day before voters head to the polls for the primary election. (NH Voices of Faith)
Advocates for a "moral economy" will be holding an action today in Concord, just a day before voters head to the polls for the primary election. (NH Voices of Faith)
September 12, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. -- Just one day before Granite State voters head to the polls, an event is planned to advocate for a more moral economy.

New Hampshire will be one of 25 states taking part in the Moral Day of Action on Monday. Reverend Gail Kinney with Meriden Congregational Church said the action will call attention to policies in New Hampshire and around the nation that have curtailed voting rights and made it harder for workers to get by.

"To decry all kinds of legislation which really harmed access to good jobs,” Kinney said about the event, "addressing concerns about poverty, homelessness, etc, etc. "

The rally will take place at City Plaza on North Main Street in Concord and feature a reading of the "Higher Ground Moral Declaration." Speakers are expected to focus on the call for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Kinney said that the day's action is an outgrowth of New Hampshire Voices of Faith, which began in 2011 after Tea Party lawmakers proposed a state budget that faith leaders found to be immoral, and succeeded in abolishing the state minimum wage.

"Many, many people that are continuing to struggle to, number one: re-establish a minimum wage, and establish something that is much more liberal,” Kinney said. "People who are making $7, $8, $9, $10 or more simply can't make it in New Hampshire."

The action is planned at a critical time in the election season.

"Now, because New Hampshire's primary is on Tuesday, we're going to wait until Wednesday, when we know who the actual nominees are for governor, for U.S. Senate,” Kinney said; "and we will then deliver the higher-ground moral declaration to those candidates."

All 25 actions will take place at state capitols at 11 a.m. local time.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH