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People from the great state of New Hampshire who are active or interested in being active in advocating for legislation to reduce and prevent violence, including the Department of Peace. The shift awaits us.

Location: New Hampshire
Members: 11
Latest Activity: Jan 24

Welcome to New Hampshire DoPeace~State Information

NH State Coordinator: Jan Grossman

Be sure to scroll down for New Hampshire's latest DoPeace actions.

Both  Representatives of the last term had endorsed HR1064, the Youth PROMISE Act. Please encourage our new Congressmen with a call or letter.

Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives


District 1 - Congressman Frank Guinta

My Offices

Washington, DC

1223 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5456

Fax: (202) 225-5822


33 Lowell Street

Manchester, NH 03101

Phone: (603) 641-9536

Fax: (603) 641-956

District 2 - Congressman Charles Bass

My Offices

Washington, DC

2350 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5206

Fax: (202) 225-2946


114 North Main Street, Suite 200

Concord, NH 03301

Phone: (603) 226-0064


32 Main St., Suite 110

Littleton, NH 03561

Phone: (603) 444-5505


221 Main St., Suite 201

Nashua, NH 03060

Phone: (603) 595-7701

Members of the New Hampshire Senate

Senator Kelly Ayotte

Office Locations

Washington, DC

188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3324
State Office

41 Hooksett Road, Unit 2
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603-622-7979


Senator Jeanne Shaheen

  • Washington, DC520 Hart SOBWashington, DC
    Ph: (202) 224-2841TTY: (202) 224-4049Fax: (202) 228-3194
  • Manchester, NH
    Manchester, NH1589 Elm Street 
    Suite 3
    Manchester, NH 
    Ph: (603) 647-7500
  • Claremont, NH
    Claremont, NH50 Opera House Sq.Claremont, NH
    Ph: (603) 542-4872
  • Nashua, NH
    Nashua, NH60 Main StreetNashua, NH
    Ph: (603) 883-0196
  • Dover, NH
    Dover, NH340 Central Avenue Suite 205Dover, NH 
    Ph: (603) 750-3004
  • Berlin, NH
    Berlin, NH961 Main St.Berlin, NH 
    Ph: (603) 752-6300

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Discussion Forum

Cry for DoP 1 Reply

Started by Mike Bradley. Last reply by jan mercuri grossman Sep 8, 2009.

peace activism 1 Reply

Started by Mike Bradley. Last reply by jan mercuri grossman Jul 2, 2009.

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Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 27, 2010 at 5:13pm
Members of NHDoP, Nashua Community College Peace and Justice students, Rep. Shannon Chandley, a representative from the Boys and Girls Club as well as a NH parent all testified before the Children and Family Law Committee on behalf of the Youth Promise Act. It appeared well received. At the closing the Chairperson stated that it "affirmed (their) work." We now await, following their consideration, to see if it is given an "ought to pass" status before going in front of the full body of Legislators for vote. (Scroll down to follow the path of YPA Resolution in NH up to this point.)
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 27, 2010 at 5:00pm

Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 20, 2010 at 4:11pm

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already void of stars." New Hampshire celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message, as the Martin Luther King Coalition reminds us, everyday with every action.
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 19, 2010 at 6:49pm
NH Public Hearing: The Youth PROMISE Act

To all concerned citizens,

The Youth Prison Reduction Through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education Act, Youth PROMISE Act, is bi-partisan legislation co-sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the United States Senate, known as H.R. 1064 and S.B. 435, respectively. A copy of the complete YPA legislation can be found at This legislation, which amends the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, would implement and fund evidence-based or promising programs for juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention by putting programs, funding and oversight at the local level through PROMISE Coordinating Councils. These PCC’s will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the delivery of juvenile delinquency and gang prevention and intervention programs in local communities. The concept is to spend more at the front end (prevention) instead of the back (prison).

There is currently a Resolution in the NH State Legislature, H.C.R. 24, in support of the Youth POMISE Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Shannon Chandley, Amherst and Rep. Melanie Levesque, Brookline. While the Youth PROMISE Act enjoys endorsements from a broad range of law enforcement organizations, local jurisdictions, elected officials, state and national organizations, if H.C.R. 24 is passed, New Hampshire would be the first state in the nation to formally voice support for this important federal legislation.

H.C.R. 24 is currently in the NH Children and Family Law Committee and is scheduled for a public hearing on January 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. It is important that citizens demonstrate support for the Youth PROMISE Act and H.C.R. 24 by contacting committee members by phone, letter or email and urging that the committee vote to support H.C.R. 24. These communications should be sent a few days before the hearing and be brief and direct.

Attendance at the January 26th hearing would also demonstrate to the committee the degree to which citizens support this legislation. If you desire to attend the hearing and wish to address the committee, kindly advise the undersigned, via email, no later than Monday, January 25th and include a copy of the statement you would like to present. It is suggested that comments be brief as the Committee will understandably need to limit the hearing time.

Supported by the Peace Alliance and the NH Campaign for a
U.S. Department of Peace
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 19, 2010 at 6:37pm

Peace and Justice Studies Students at Nashua Community College hosted a Community Forum on November 19, 2009. The Forum focused on a presentation and discussion of the Youth PROMISE Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate as H.R. 1064 and S.B. 435, respectively.

The attendees, ranging from school officials, legislative assistants, psychotherapists, and managers of several social service agencies, also viewed a live teleconference with Julia Simon-Mishel, Managing Director of the Student Peace Alliance in Washington, DC.

Two New Hampshire State Representatives, Shannon Chandley and Melanie Levesque, have co-sponsored a Resolution in the New Hampshire House in Support of the Youth PROMISE Act. Representative Levesque explained how this Resolution would make its way through the N.H. House and Senate. She also shared how important it is for each attendee to spread the word about the Resolution and to let their Representative and Senator understand the pertinence behind the Act. Rep. Levesque also recommended that people should request direct meetings with the House Committees considering this Resolution and also the Governor.

The students, under the guidance of their professor, Barbara Thorngren, shared their personal stories relevant to early intervention and the need for community support. Several attendees discussed their own work with juveniles within their respective fields. All agreed how vitally important it is to support the Youth PROMISE Act Resolution which will address the problem of youth violence and crime and help create healthy communities for everyone in New Hampshire.

Sponsored by Nashua Community College Peace and Justice Studies
Supported by the Peace Alliance and
The New Hampshire Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace

Comment by jan mercuri grossman on January 19, 2010 at 6:34pm

Comment by jan mercuri grossman on September 8, 2009 at 2:20pm

NH State Coordinators meeting with Rep. Shannon Chandler to discuss the Youth PROMISE Act, AVP in our prisons and the new Peace and Justice program at NCC.
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on September 8, 2009 at 2:06pm
There are many creative ways to Cry out for Peace, to stir and awaken those who may be thirsty to listen. Our NH member, Mike Bradley, recently won a Town Cry-er Championship at a living history event in his hometown. He quoted George Washington himself referencing an "office or Department of Peace." ! Read the Cry below...

Oyez, oyez, oyez

Citizens, attend, please to this news of matters of current and future import.

By post from our nation's capitol, news that New Hampshire's delegation to the constitutional convention, the Honorable Captain Nicholas Gillman, merchant, of Exeter, and the esteemed John Langdon, merchant, of Portsmouth, are, with the convention, deliberating on matters of utmost consequence:

Including: how shall be counted enslaved persons, in determining the census of the various states, what shall be the division of powers of governance as between the various states and the federal government, and establishment of an office or Department of Peace, in our national government.

Of the last, our beloved President Washington has stated, "First, we need a Department of Peace. If we are to develop expertise only in war, that is what we shall have."

May all who give this news ear be well and blessed. May God bless these United States, and our state of New Hampshire.

Congratulations to Mike!
Comment by jan mercuri grossman on July 30, 2009 at 5:39pm
For your information and consideration:
NH's own Department of Peace advocate, Barbara Thorngren, has developed a new PEACE and JUSTICE concentration at the Nashua Community College where she is currently an Education professor.

Comment by Barbara THorngren on July 23, 2009 at 2:07pm
Hi Jan, Check out the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript for today - page 2 - nice article about the PJS program at NCC!

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