SNHU and GSOP Host Presidential Candidates -- Sept. 15

Friday, August 31, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Largest Community Organization in State to Bring Voices of New Hampshire to Presidential Candidates
Candidates Invited to Special Delegates Assembly

Manchester, NH – The Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) brings the voices of New Hampshire families to the presidential candidates during a special Delegates Assembly of their membership on Sept. 15, 2007.  More than 1,000 delegates will attend this unique discussion at Southern New Hampshire University that will allow the candidates to have the stage to themselves as they listen to the pressing concerns of New Hampshire residents and take questions. 

“This forum is a chance for the candidates to participate in a truly democratic process,” says Brother Paul Crawford, presidential forum chair. “The delegates are excited to have the opportunity to hear from the candidates and bring the messages back to their members.”

GSOP successfully held a similar forum during the 2004 elections bringing Democratic frontrunners Howard Dean and John Edwards. Sarah Jane Knoy, GSOP Lead Organizer, says community members have held promising meetings with campaign staffers for Dodd, Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Obama, Clinton, Kucinich and Romney. Meetings with the staff for Edwards and Richardson are being scheduled within the next two weeks.

The GSOP is the largest community organization in the state made up of over 30 religious congregations, community groups and unions working together to speak as one voice on decisions that shape our communities. “I have had the wonderful opportunity to see first hand the strength of New Hampshire citizens working together,” says Ruth Heden, GSOP President. “GSOP helps this power to be used efficiently and effectively.”

The GSOP supports neighborhoods and empowers communities by helping seniors, disabled and low-income citizens fight for funding and services to provide transportation to medical appointments in the Souhegan Valley. The organization also advocates for policies that support safe, affordable, lead free housing, fair employment policies and works towards insuring quality education for children.

Impacting over 21,000 families in New Hampshire, GSOP improves communities through cooperative action. This Special Delegates Assembly and the continued work of the GSOP, give voice to New Hampshire voters and helps make a difference in people’s lives. 

For more information visit:  http://gsopnh.tripod.com/                               

Contact:                                 
Sarah Jane Knoy  603-668-8250 (ofc) 603-661-3893 (cell)

 

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