Are you fired up after attending one of our recent Labor Day rallies, Democracy Summer events, or other recent actions?
Looking for a way to have an impact on the politics of your town, your county, or your state?
This month, Vermont’s political parties are re-organizing, which means it’s the perfect time to get involved in a local party organizing committee and help to shape the direction of its policies, platform, and potentially build a base of power to run for office.
Vermont has four major political parties, and below you can find links to their events pages where you can find out when your town party committee is meeting.
Rights & Democracy members are often involved in a local, or county, party committee as well as one of our broad-based campaigns.
That’s because RAD members know that we must continue to organize not only around issues, but to build the necessary power to make our values reflected in our policies.
And, to move a broad-based People’s Platform through the Legislature – this session and beyond – our members’ voices should be reflected all of the state’s political parties.
At two major Labor Day rallies in White River Junction and Middlebury, we rolled out our People’s Platform that offers a bold agenda to improve the lives of all Vermonters and all communities. That platform includes:
Fair Pay:Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour (H 93, S 40)
Healthcare Justice:Implement an equitably and publicly financed system of health care as a human right for all as envisioned in Act 48, Vermont's 2011 health care law, and pass Universal Primary Care (H.248 and S.53)
Justice for Families: Enact paid family and medical leave (H 196 and S 82)
Protect Workers by strengthening enforcement against worker misclassification (S. 73)
Clean water, clean air, and clean soils for all - Invest in the infrastructure and protections necessary to ensure these key human and environmental rights
Decarceration- Support reforms to our criminal justice system to end systemic racial bias and enable a humane approach to justice
Energy Democracy:Empower communities to move toward a 100-percent renewable energy economy while maintaining local autonomy and democratic participation in shaping a just transition away from fossil fuels.
If we are serious about building power and affecting change, that means we must have an electoral strategy, at all levels, which includes building and training our members to run for office. RAD is holding its next Movement Politics training in Manchester on October 14th. If you’re interested, fill out this registration form and we’ll be in touch.
photo: Bernie Sanders speaking at our Middlebury Labor Day Celebration. Photo by Adam Franco