Arnie Alpert is co-director of the American Friends Service Committee’s New Hampshire Program, which he has led since 1981. In that time he has been involved in movements for economic justice and affordable housing, civil and worker rights, peace and disarmament, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to racism and homophobia.
As a long-time New Hampshire activist, Arnie has extensive experience with the dynamics of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary election. In 2003 he developed the program to train activists to “bird-dog” candidates as a way to make sure candidates respond to voter concerns about issues that matter. His current priority is AFSC’s Governing Under the Influence Project, which is working in New Hampshire and Iowa to bring the issue of excessive corporate influence over American politics into the center of political debate.
Arnie’s articles have been published in Peacework, the Concord Monitor, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the New Hampshire Business Review, Friends Journal, Dollars & Sense, The Progressive, and other publications. He wrote the entry on New Hampshire for the encyclopedia, Civil Rights in the United States. He contributed a chapter, “Bringing Globalization Home is No Sweat,” to Living in Hope: People Challenging Globalization, edited by John Feffer and published in 2002. He is currently the publisher of State House Watch, an e-newsletter covering social justice issues in the New Hampshire legislature that comes out weekly while the legislature is in session, and is co-host of a weekly radio show of the same name on WNHN-FM in Concord.
He was named “Citizen of the Year” by the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby in 1997, and received the NH AFL-CIO’s annual Social Justice Award in 1999. In 2004 he received the Thomas Merton-Dorothy Day Award from Rivier College’s Peace and Justice Institute. NH Public Radio included him in its “25 for 25” series in 2007, which profiled people who have made a difference in the state. In 2010 he received the Martin Luther King Award from the coalition which sponsors the annual MLK Day Community Celebration in Manchester.
Arnie is an active member of his union, UNITE-HERE Local 66L, which represents industrial workers and social change activists in the northeast. He served for several years on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for Labor Rights, the Board of Directors of the NH Community Loan Fund, the Steering Committee of NH Peace Action, and was Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Citizens Trade Policy Commission. He is currently on the Board of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Prior to joining the AFSC, Arnie worked as a volunteer and staff member with the Clamshell Alliance, the organization that popularized nonviolent direct action to halt nuclear power plants. Arnie began leading training sessions on the philosophy and methods of active nonviolence with the Clamshell and 1977 and never stopped. Arnie publishes a blog, InZaneTimes, at http://inzanetimes.wordpress.com. Follow Arnie on Twitter @arniealpert.
Arnie Alpert received a BA in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University in 1977 and an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University in 1995. He lives in Canterbury, New Hampshire.