Stepping up to make a difference
It’s been an extremely productive week here in the Granite State, and I wanted to share some of what I have been doing with you.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this week, I hosted a series of events to discuss ways to bring an end to this all too persistent problem. The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has reported that nearly one in four women and one in twenty men in the Granite State have been sexually assaulted, which is truly staggering. At events in Concord, Plymouth, Pelham, and Nashua, we were able to have powerful conversations with students, advocates, survivors, law enforcement personnel, and educators about different ways various schools and communities address sexual violence, as well as what steps need to be taken to change the culture of sexual assault in our society.
We had a great discussion at UNH Law School on Monday about how to address and combat campus sexual assault.
It is my hope that through the national dialogue that is growing, and through the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, we will be able to bring about real change to how both New Hampshire, and the country as a whole, address sexual violence.
Discussing the impacts of sexual violence and how we can work together for change at events throughout the Granite State. Top: Panel discussion at Rivier University with education representatives, law enforcement, and survivors. Bottom Left: Panel discussion at Pelham High School with students and advocates. Bottom Right: Panel discussion at Plymouth State University with survivors, law enforcement officials, advocates, and education representatives.
On Tuesday, I visited St. Joseph's Community Services Meals on Wheels program at the Nashua Senior Activity Center and helped them deliver meals to seniors throughout the area. It was wonderful to visit with these folks and hear about how the vital program has helped them. Meals on Wheels helps so many of our most vulnerable neighbors, and I strongly oppose the proposed cuts that would impact this program.
Meals on Wheels helps so many people throughout the Granite State. We must work hard to make sure that this essential program is not cut.
On Wednesday, I visited with city and community leaders in Littleton for a roundtable discussion and tour of the Riverwalk Overlook. In our conversation, we highlighted the impacts that the Community Development Block Grant program, the Northern Border Regional Commission, and other federally funded programs have had on the North Country. The Riverwalk project is a fantastic initiative that will increase economic activity and create jobs in the North Country. These programs are vital to both the North Country and all of New Hampshire, and they must be maintained.
The Riverwalk Overlook in Littleton is a great project that will create jobs for the North Country.
Today, I spoke with representatives from the greater Salem, Derry, and Londonderry areas to provide an update on some of what I have been working on in Washington. One of my top priorities in Congress has been and will continue to be the creation of jobs and opportunities throughout the Granite State. Among the topics we discussed was the need to invest in our workforce and infrastructure. Doing so will help area businesses for years to come, and I will continue to work with communities throughout the state to make sure that people have the resources they need to both get and maintain jobs.
Speaking with representatives at the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce this morning.
It is more important than ever for everyone to get involved in their communities. I love hearing from my constituents, and I know that if we work together on shared interests, the Granite State as a whole will benefit. As always, if my office can be of any help to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our number in Concord is 603-226-1002, and in Washington it’s202-225-5206.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!