Thank you to everyone who showed up at our Democracy Summer launch—either live in Burlington or at one of nearly a dozen house parties around the state.
If you missed the event, the program is now archived and online.
The event kicked off with two incredible opening musical acts—Robin Shafto and The Leatherbound Books. From there, we learned more about RAD's Democracy Summer: From Protest to Power Town Halls and the issues that we're organizing around, as well as why RAD is dedicated to tackling so many interconnected issues at once.
RAD's Outreach Director Jeffrey Ceasar emceed the event, introducing a wealth of talented speakers, including Brittany Nevins, RAD's Board Chair, James Haslam, RAD's Executive Director, author and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben, Shannon Jackson of Our Revolution, as well as RAD leaders Jessica Early, Dustin Tanner, Laura Mistretta, and Ali Dieng.
We want to give a very special thanks to our livestream hosts North End Studios & Channel 17/Town Meeting TV as well as our volunteer house party hosts and staff who were spread out across the state. We had House Parties in Bennington, Brattleboro, Bristol, Hancock, Middletown Springs, Montpelier, Plainfield, Putney, and Stowe.
This event allowed RAD to explain to newcomers why we believe in bringing people together to translate the energy from mass mobilizations like the Women's March into real and lasting change in our communities, our elections, and our legislature.
Despite a few successes this past legislative session, we have not yet seen the bold vision for progressive change we need in Vermont. We need to build a stronger movement to enact real and lasting change during the 2018 legislative session and the 2018 elections.
Learn how our summer Town Halls can build the power necessary to make that change happen. See you on the road this summer at a Town Hall near you! Stay tuned for a complete list of dates, towns, and locations on our Events page.
We have a lot of work to do before 2018 midterms, and this summer and fall we must organize, train, and mobilize people to be leaders in their local communities and run for office in the upcoming elections. Join us to organize together for the change our state and our world desperately need.