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In the wake of President Trump's visit, EmpowerYOU is having a learning session tomorrow (3/20) at Jupiter Hall on Hanover St. to discuss what we can all do to combat opioids in our city. ... See MoreSee Less

EmpowerYOU Community Learning Series

November 13, 2017, 6:00pm - July 17, 2018, 8:00pm

March 20th Topic: "Overdose Prevention and Response" Presented by New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition Join us to interact and learn at the next Makin' It Happen EmpowerYou Community Learning Series at Jupiter Hall on Tuesday, February 20th from 6pm-8pm While the opioid crisis has been making national headlines in recent months, addiction is sadly nothing new in New Hampshire. Individuals and families continue to struggle with mental health and addiction and the effects are far reaching, too often impacting entire communities. Community members have the ability to make a difference, to become empowered, and to help turn the tide of addiction. That’s the focus of the upcoming EmpowerYOU Community Learning Series organized by Makin’ It Happen. Once a month from 6-8pm at Jupiter Hall (89 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH), community members are invited to participate in this series to help make a difference in the health of their neighborhoods. The series kicks off on November 13th with “Understanding Addiction” presented by Serenity Place. Makin’ It Happen is a regional coalition on a mission to build resilient communities. Focused on educating families about potential warning signs, when to worry, and what to do if they have concerns. They want the public to be aware of the innovative and collaborative work being done to better understand and treat substance use disorders. They want to share success stories of people overcoming their addiction. They want to empower everyone to be a part of the solution. Makin' It Happen facilitates a monthly collaborative meeting of substance use disorder providers working in prevention, treatment and recovery. The group is working together on many collaborative efforts to fortify regional communities including community education and engagement such as the learning series. This series is a collaborative effort, which currently includes the following partners: Manchester Health Department, Network4Health, Southern NH Planning Commission, Families in Transition, New Futures, NNE Poison Control, Serenity Place, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, National Alliance for Mental Illness NH, Teen Institute, Hope for NH Recovery, NH Harm Reduction Coalition and Partnership for a Drug-Free NH. The series is expected to continue and add additional partners, sponsors and presenters as it builds. Jupiter Hall, a multi-purpose arts venue, has generously partnered to donate venue space for the learning series. Jupiter Hall seeks to make downtown Manchester a thriving destination, welcoming to all, to share and experience arts, culture and innovation. This collaborative learning series aims to share the stories of prevention, treatment and recovery at work, to share the culture of collaboration and community health and to share with the community the vision for a future Manchester that provides access to care to those who need it, when and where they need it.

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Support Tax Cap

We support candidates that not only support the tax cap, but will work to make sure that an override of the tax cap is not even a consideration. Bad city contracts, waste and mismanagement all contribute to conditions for an override. We want candidates in office that will prevent this from ever happening.

City Charter

The City Charter was written as a way to outline how our elected officials are governed and what remedies the voters have when they overstep their authority. Aldermen voting for contracts when they have a clear conflict of interest cannot be tolerated. The charter should be amended to handle such transgressions and those officials removed from office.

Better Schools

We support candidates that favor parental notification, redistricting and opposing Common Core. With the overall enrollment of schoolchildren in Manchester on a continuing downward trend yet the overall costs of the school budget ever-increasing, we want to see a freeze on hiring and curtailing of spiraling salaries. Finally, classes that can benefit from distance learning are to be encouraged for subjects where there is an interest from students, but in too small a number at any one school to remain viable.

Repeal Yarger-Decker Payscale

The Yarger-Decker payscale was approved and implemented in the late 1990s as a way to lure and retain qualified employees. Through various actions and inaction by subsequent aldermanic boards, the rules governing the pay scale were eroded to the point that merit pay increases that was designated for 5%-10% of the workforce is now applied to the entire workforce. The situation as it now stands is completely untenable and only ensures the city will face ever-increasing costs and skyrocketing taxes. This system needs to be repealed.

Public Safety

With issues like the opioid crisis, illegal spice, gangs, graffiti,  and panhandling we want leaders with common sense approaches to all of these topics that balance the need to reduce these incidents by the people committing them while also looking out for safety of the public at large.

No Sanctuary City Designation

The citizens of Manchester are all descendants of immigrants in some form or another. While immigration to the U.S. is desired by people from across the globe, the process of doing so must by fair and legal. Designating Manchester as a ‘sanctuary city’ whereby local police do not detain individuals for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who have run afoul of the law is not advisable. Not only does this create a public safety issue where crimes may go unreported, it also serves as a magnet for those who wish to avoid the law and remain here illegally.

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