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One way to stay on top of everything that’s going on — from meetings in your county to statewide actions — is to sign up for Rights & Democracy’s email list. It’s easy to do, it’s simple, it’s painless AND...
October 16, 2019

Save the Date: Membership Assembly & People Power Summit

Join Rights & Democracy (RAD) for our Annual Membership Assembly and People Power Summit. Our annual daylong event features special guest speakers, workshops, community building, and FUN.  This is RAD’s annual opportunity for members to vote on our c4 Board...
September 17, 2019

Thinking of Participating in a 2020 Campaign? LEAD-VT is Here to Help

Have you ever considered running for office, or participating in a campaign, but found the whole process daunting? Leadership Education and Development Vermont (LEAD-VT) is here to clear the air about how to win a campaign. Join Rights & Democracy,...
August 19, 2019

RAD Leaders Among 1700 at People’s Convention

An overwhelming display of solidarity at the People’s Convention in Detroit reminded us that physical gatherings are powerful. “When we connect with members from groups all over the country, we realize that we are connected to a bigger movement,” said ...
August 16, 2019

Health Care Rate Regulators: Profits over People

Despite an emotional and articulated display of solidarity by dozens of Vermonters, the Green Mountain Care Board approved a health insurance rate hike of 10.1 and 12.4-percent. Mary Alice Bisbee said, “We all need our fundamental needs met and one...
August 13, 2019

Speak up for health care!

The Green Mountain Care Board will soon determine if the health insurance premiums for more than 80,000 Vermonters are going to be substantially hiked – by as much as nearly 16 percent! Are you one of them? If so, we’re...
July 9, 2019

Well … now what?

Well … now what? More than a month out we’re still scratching our heads at the legislative session that wasn’t. Where the “veto-proof majority” that so many of you worked hard to help elect simply failed to live up to...
June 26, 2019

Why I Got Arrested For #MedicareForAll

A few weeks ago I was in handcuffs, one of six People’s Action members arrested at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office in Washington, D.C.. We engaged in a peaceful protest after we asked Mitch to step out of the way of...
May 23, 2019

Let legislators know: It’s time to Raise the Wage!

We need calls and emails to legislators and legislative leadership to demonstrate there is significant support for raising the minimum wage this session! Legislators are discussing how to raise the minimum wage to align more closely with the state’s base...
April 15, 2019

Vermonters Demand an Economy that Works for Everyone

It’s time for legislators to improve the lives of everyday Vermonters by passing legislation that ensures economic equality and sustainable local economies.  That was the message this week from Vermont workers, business owners and community leaders.  Workers, business owners, and...
April 5, 2019

Windham County – Let’s get RAD on March 31

With such great turnout at our Windham Together meeting in late February and at the Economy for All Town Hall with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman earlier this month, it’s time to get together again and plan our next steps....
March 22, 2019

$15 for $15 Spring Membership Drive!

It’s March and we’re hitting the midpoint of very busy legislative session that will be critically important for thousands of Vermont workers and families. Rights & Democracy is the only organization in Vermont working to build a veto proof majority...
March 22, 2019

Weekly Update: Stories, Surveys, and … We’re Hiring!

The legislature is in full swing and we’re working on some of our members’ key priorities, such as raising the minimum wage and enacting a paid family and medical leave insurance program. To help ensure that we pass these bills...
March 20, 2019

RAD Town Meeting Day Victories!

Congratulations are in order to the four RAD-endorsed candidates who won on Tuesday, as well as the two candidates who fell short (but ran inspired campaigns). Leading up to Town Meeting Day, Rights & Democracy endorsed six candidates around the...
March 8, 2019

Take Our Minimum Wage Survey!

It’s another busy week for Rights & Democracy (RAD) folks in the State House, out in the streets and online. First, we have some big news to celebrate! The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs had decided to strike...
February 12, 2019

RAD Endorses Burlington City Council Candidates

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is excited to announce that it is endorsing candidates in each of the upcoming City Council races! Our members have said it is important for us, as part of RAD’s ongoing commitment to the issues facing...
February 1, 2019
  • Opening Day People Power Lobby

Opening the 2019 Legislative Session with Energy

100+ people braved a statewide snowstorm to attend our Opening Day People Power Lobby events on January 8th, the first day of Vermont’s 2019 Legislative Session. The event began with a welcome from Lt. Governor David Zuckerman and was followed...
January 15, 2019

Top 10 RAD Highlights for 2018

Around New Year's Eve every year, I like to reflect on the highlights from the previous year in our work. I hope in reading this you may be so moved to help me reach my fundraising goal for Rights &...
December 30, 2018

We Need to Be RAD now, more than ever

My name is Teddy Waszazak and I’m a member of Rights & Democracy (RAD). Like more than 50,000 of my neighbors in the Green Mountain State, I have struggled to find work that pays more than $15 an hour. While...
December 26, 2018

Standing up for Our Rights, Our Communities

My name is Mary Gerisch and I’m a member of Rights & Democracy (RAD) and a leader the RAD Bennington Chapter. The lack of access to safe drinking water has caused significant strain on thousands of Vermonters’ health and finances—far...
December 19, 2018