Meet our Leaders & Conveners

Each Working Group is supported by a Converer and in most cases groups have two conveners. 

ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE
gun violence prevention

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CO-FOUNDER Louise Spencer
CO-FOUNDER John Cunningham
human rights
  • State House Visibility
  • Redistricting Forum
  • Legislative testimony
  • LTE's throughout the state + Sununu Accountability Project
  • High School Voter Registration Project
  • Election Protection Project
  • Communicating with the SOS 2020 Election Committee
  • Census response awareness (texting)
  • Canvassing for candidates statewide
  • Rides to the Polls
  • Building awareness of Article V Convention
  • Building awareness for HR1 (addressing  voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending, and ethics for the three branches of government)
  • Phone Banking with other partner groups 
voting rights
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.
  • The Children’s Rights and Education group has hosted a reporter who did an expose on child deaths in NH.
  • We worked with other groups to stop a bill permitting school vouchers, and
  • We have presented an overview of the national attack on public education and why public education is valuable.
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
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Determining Issues and Legislation
Issues and legislation may be put forward by:
  1. Sponsors who will provide funding for postcards and provided address lists for mailing.
  2. Conveners of Kent Street Coalition Working Groups
  3. Members of Kent Street 
Coalition Working Groups
Topic determination will be based on:
  • current legislation;
  • Bills we and our sponsors jointly want developed; and
  • our primary focus is New Hampshire issues, we may also write for National issues.
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: