Events

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM · 35 rsvps
    Democracy Statue, near 199 Main Street, Burlington, VT

    (6/28) National Healthcare Day of Action: Save Medicaid!

    Join Rights & Democracy for a rally and press conference to denounce the GOP attack on Vermonters' healthcare. Hear from the people most affected by the deep cuts to Medicaid. 

    Speakers will include representatives from US Senator Bernie Sanders' office, the Vermont Office of Health Care Ombudsman, and other organizations to be announced. The event will be emceed by Jessica Early, RN, the lead healthcare organizer at RAD.

    Hear the stories of those most impacted by these devastating plans to gut Medicaid and other healthcare protections.

    The Senate bill would cut $600-plus Billion from Medicaid nationally, and wield a devastating blow to our state's Medicaid system, which covers 206,000 people— including nearly half of all of Vermont's children.

    To keep our promises to those residents—elderly, children, and low-income folks—Vermont will need to raise an additional $2 Billion over the next 10 years to maintain current coverage levels through our expanded Medicaid programs.

    Learn more about how you can fight back against this bill right now!

    Stay tuned for additional details on Wednesday's event.

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Brattleboro, VT

    (7/29) Brattleboro Democracy Summer Town Hall

    RAD_summer2017_logo.pngThe spring 2017 legislative session in Vermont lacked both a rejection of the Trump agenda and a bold vision for the state we seek to build.  As grassroots leaders, starting with RAD’s People’s Agenda Rally on January 4, we have seen and participated in many rallies and marches in opposition to toxic legislation and in support of legislation that would support us and our communities. But, it is time to take our work to the next level.

    Looking toward the 2018 session, as well as next years spring and fall elections, it is critical that we continue to build momentum over this summer and fall, organizing, training, and bringing people together to take action on issues in our local communities and to build leadership in our collective movement for progressive change.

    Join your neighbors, RAD Leaders and Legislators to advance our movement to win:

    • Economic Justice - Pressure Governor Scott to not veto $15 & Paid Family & Medical Leave in 2018 and build constituent support in swing legislators’ districts on those issues

    • Healthcare Justice - Articulate the need to resist the GOP healthcare agenda at the federal level (and the cuts that would result in VT), pressure Governor Phil Scott who has failed to take a stand for Vermonters healthcare, and, most importantly, loudly call for equitably and publicly financed, single-payer healthcare (Act 48) in our state.

    • Environmental Justice (Energy Democracy + Clean Water) - Advance the conversation around how we move toward a 100% renewable energy economy while maintaining local autonomy and democracy participation in shaping our energy systems.  Build campaigns to push for better stormwater systems and require municipalities to immediately notify the public in the case of any new drinking water violations.  

     

  • Friday, June 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 26 rsvps
    SEABA Burlington

    (6/30) How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for the Neighborhood

    Cover_Art.jpgJoin Rights & Democracy on Friday, June 30 for a community discussion about how development as a strategy for economic advancement needs to be balanced by policies that prevent the otherwise inevitable geographic inequity of displacement.

    RAD is hosting Peter Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood at the SEABA Center, 404 Pine Street in Burlington, on Friday, June 30 from 6:30-8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

    Moskowitz uses Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and NYC as models for how standard development policies can set a region on a path toward gentrification.

    Library Journal calls How To Kill A City: “A forceful critique of gentrification and its impact on disempowered members of American society." Mark Karlin of Truthout says, “Gentrification takes a community's personal tragedy, loss and destruction, and monetizes it. Understanding how this happens, and how individuals may unwittingly find themselves a part of it is what makes Moskowitz's book so important. It isn't a lesson about what happened, it's a warning about what is happening now."

    Moskowitz has written for the Guardian, New York Times, New Republic, Wired, Slate, Buzzfeed, and many others. A former staff writer at Al Jazeera America, he is a graduate of Hampshire College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Moskowitz lives in New York City.

    Thomas Visser, professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at UVM, will open the event with a brief presentation about the history of Memorial Auditorium, drawing from the research of graduate student Emma Rose Haggerty. Visser’s talk will help Burlington citizens understand the value, symbolism and cultural relevance of the 1928 structure. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to solicit community input about the future of the auditorium through a public request for proposals. The time is right to understand Memorial Auditorium’s place in Burlington’s civic story.

    Rights & Democracy brings citizens together to build a movement for rights and true democracy, seeking policies that lead to healthy and just communities. RAD organizes on issues related to environmental, economic, racial, and social justice issues. Last Fall, RAD hosted a forum on bringing Fair Development principles to Burlington as a way to ensure that new development provides benefits and protections for all residents. See radvt.org for more.

    The event is being coordinated by James Lockridge, a Burlington resident and advocate for public process and the preservation of Burlington’s landmark teen center ‘242 Main.’ See save242main.com.

    Phoenix Books — a locally-owned bookstore that values other local businesses, authors, and artists — will be vending copies of 'How to Kill a City.’ Moskowitz will be available to sign purchased copies. Phoenix Books has locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland, and Misty Valley: “In an increasingly homogenized world, local character is linked to prosperity.”

    The SEABA Center is wheelchair accessible. Free coffee will be served, courtesy Keurig Green Mountain and Big Heavy World.

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    St Peter's Episcopal Church (corner of School & Pleasant St, Bennington VT)

    (7/5) Bennington RAD Meeting

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    Democracy Summer is here! Join your neighbors in Rutland to follow up on our Democracy Summer Kickoff to build and brainstorm for our Democracy Summer events - Healthcare organizing, the Bennington Town Hall Meeting, July 22nd Mass Canvass, Trainings and more.

  • Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    Champlain Senior Center (241 N Winooski Ave, Burlington VT)

    (7/5) Burlington Community Action Meeting

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    Democracy Summer is here! Join your neighbors to follow up on our Democracy Summer Kickoff to debrief Ali Dieng's City Council campaign and build and brainstorm for our Democracy Summer events - Town Hall Meetings, July 22nd Mass Canvass, trainings and more.

  • Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    TBD in Rutland , VT

    (7/6) Rutland Community Action Meeting

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    Democracy Summer is here! Join your neighbors in Rutland to follow up on our Democracy Summer Kickoff to build and brainstorm for our Democracy Summer events - the Rutland Town Hall Meeting, July 22nd Mass Canvass, Trainings and more.

     

  • Thursday, July 06, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room (7 Canal St, Brattleboro)

    (7/6) Brattleboro Community Action Meeting

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    Democracy Summer is here! Join your neighbors to follow up on our Democracy Summer Kickoff to debrief Ali Dieng's City Council campaign and build and brainstorm for our Democracy Summer events - Town Hall Meetings, July 22nd Mass Canvass, trainings and more.

  • Sunday, July 09, 2017 at 10:00 AM · 1 rsvp
    Montpelier (venue tbd)

    (7/9) Movement Politics Training

    Screenshot_2017-06-16_00.54.57.pngTo move from protest to power we need to get serious about impacting elections, either by running for office ourselves or support campaigns run by our allies in the movement. 

    If you'd like to join our first day long movement politics training, fill out this registration form.  We will then follow up with a phone interview before accepting applicants.  

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  • Monday, July 10, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    TBD in Stowe, VT

    (7/10) Stowe Community Action Meeting

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    Democracy Summer is here! Join your neighbors in Stowe to follow up on our Democracy Summer Kickoff to build and brainstorm for our Democracy Summer events - Town Hall Meeting, July 22nd Mass Canvass, Trainings and more.

     

  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Across Vermont

    (7/22) Mass Canvass

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    On July 22nd, as the national establishment, especially the Trump administration and ultra-right wing of the GOP, continues to attack our fundamental human and environmental rights, hundreds of Vermonters will be taking to the streets - not to protest to but to knock doors, engage in deep conversations, and build the type of community connections we need now more than ever.

    Join us!  It's critical that we get out of our siloes and talk with our neighbors on their doorsteps about the issues that really matter. This statewide push will bring together people of all races, genders and faiths to keep fighting for the political revolution and reject the racism and bigotry of Donald Trump.

    Volunteers like you will be trained in state-of-the-art voter contact tools to move voters and bridge the racial, gender and class divides that have taken center stage this election season.

    Together we will combat the hatred and divisive politics of Trump, build support across race, class and gender for social, economic and environmental justice and deepen grassroots democracy over corporate power.

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