Meet our Leaders & Conveners
Each Working Group is supported by a Converer and in most cases groups have two conveners.
ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE
CO-FOUNDER Louise Spencer
CO-FOUNDER John Cunningham
We live in the richest country in the world and spend a higher proportion of our gross domestic product on our system of health care than any other country. And yet, the U.S. has higher rates of maternal and infant mortality and mortality amenable to medical treatment, less access to primary health care, higher rates of obesity, more violent deaths and lower life expectancy than many other countries. New Hampshire has the second highest rate of opioid deaths among our 50 states. Our suicide rate is above the national average. Far too many of our citizens lack access to affordable, effective health care.
The Children’s Rights and Education group follows bills in the legislature that affect children and families, particularly regarding education and young children. Members are involved in other organizations that focus on children and families, and we share information about developments from fields like the Children’s Lobby, CASA, and more. Members sometimes hold signs and even testify at the State House regarding individual bills. Our goal is todo whatever we can maintain the highest possible quality of life, health, and education for the children and families of NH.
Along with long-time friend and neighbor, John Cunningham, Louise Spencer is a co-founder of the Kent Street Coalition. Louise’s interest in organizing dates back to her early twenties when she worked for the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C. She later worked for the Mental Health Law Project at Vermont Legal Aid, where she was able to read for the law and become a member of the Vermont Bar. Louise has long canvassed for political candidates, but she was inspired to a new level of activism by the 2016 elections. She is sustained and inspired by all those within Kent Street and the broader progressive community who every day are fighting the good fight for justice, freedom, equality, liberty and compassion. She and her husband Rob have lived on Kent Street for 24 years, where they were lucky to find a loving, caring neighborhood in which to raise their 2 (now adult) daughters.
children's rights & education
The Human Rights Working Group is committed to supporting and defending human rights. We speak out against all forms of oppression and discrimination including racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other forms of bigotry. We advocate for the civil rights of those who are marginalized due to their gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, mental illness, physical illness, and/or citizenship status. The Human Rights Working Group helps to inform and alert KSC members of opportunities for advocacy and action. We continue to work alongside our allies to help build a stronger advocacy network and a louder voice as we strive for social justice in all these areas. Working Groups as of 8/20 update for Website
Determining Issues and Legislation
Issues and legislation may be put forward by:
Coalition Working Groups
Topic determination will be based on:
Our primary focus is influencing constituents and/or NH legislators related to topics of interest to our working groups and to the Kent Street Coalitions goals and values. Postcards may be written by Kent Street members and affiliated groups. Postcards will be sent to legislators or constituents as deemed appropriate by Kent Street Coalition and postcard sponsor.
The experience of leading the Voting Rights working group has helped us stay abreast of current events affecting Voting Rights, Redistricting, Campaign Finance Reform and the Protection of our upcoming 2020 Elections. Several actions our group has worked on in the past 3 years are: