It's time to build the people power necessary to see paid family leave, raising the minimum wage, clean water and energy, and racial equity and justice legislation enacted in the State House and signed into law.
Join Rights & Democracy (RAD) at three events next Friday and Saturday with Nina Turner of Our Revolution to hear what we can do to make a better future possible here in Vermont. (See RSVP and ticket information below!)
Because ... Whose Vermont? Our Vermont!
RAD is hosting two gubernatorial candidate events—one in Rutland and another in Bennington—on June 29th where members and local residents will ask direct questions of candidates running for the state’s highest office. These forums will provide folks the chance to ask questions that matter most to them and their community, and hear directly from candidates what they’ll do to tackle the most pressing issues facing them and their community.
At the event, RAD will speak more about the statewide Community Survey we're using to hear what issues matter most to folks around the state. These survey responses will guide our work as we review our People’s Platform for the next legislative session.
This past session, Rights & Democracy worked with other organizations, and our members, to get paid family leave and a $15 an hour minimum wage passed in the House and Senate, as well as racial justice and equity legislation. Combined, these bills would have raised the quality of life for thousands of working Vermonters and families and put millions of dollars into our local economies. Unfortunately, all were vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott.
The Rutland forum will be co-hosted by the Rutland Area NAACP. All of the Democratic candidates—James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel, and Ethan Sonneborn—will attend. Candidate Keith Stern had a scheduling conflict and Gov. Scott declined our invitation.
Later that evening Rights & Democracy—along with Rights & Democracy of Bennington—will host a gubernatorial panel in Bennington with the same candidates.
In addition, Turner will keynote a special fundraiser on June 30th in Burlington. Other special guests include Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and Burlington City Councilor Ali Dieng. Music will be by Nicole Nelson and Dwight Ritcher (of Dwight & Nicole). Reserve your tickets today.
See you at one (or all!) of these events.
If you'd like to volunteer at any of these events, fill out this form and let us know!