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TOGETHER WE WIN I SUPPORT A VERMONT WHERE... Every working person earns a livable wage and has dignified working conditions. TAKE ACTION JOIN US! BECOME A MEMBER OF RAD Across our state people are joining together to build a movement for rights and real democracy. We’re sending the message to our elected officials that we want policies that lead to happy, healthy, and just communities for all Vermonters. Join us! BECOME A MEMBER TOGETHER WE WIN I SUPPORT A VERMONT WHERE... We have an economy that creates good jobs while taking bold action to protect the environment and address climate change. RAD CALENDAR OF EVENTS TOGETHER WE WIN I SUPPORT A VERMONT WHERE... Everyone has access to quality healthcare, education, affordable housing and social supports paid for with a progressive and fair tax system. ISSUES RAD SUPPORTS TOGETHER WE WIN I SUPPORT A VERMONT WHERE... Every working person earns a livable wage and has dignified working conditions. TAKE ACTION

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With your support together we can move Vermont forward towards happy, healthy, and just communities for all. Please join us by becoming a contributing member today.
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Support Education Justice in Vermont!

All of our Vermont youth deserve culturally responsive and fact-based curricula, equitable access to educational resources, and a safe and supportive school environment. ...
November 24, 2021
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RAD 2021 Membership Assembly

Calling all members - new and old - the Membership Assembly is on the horizon! Every year, our members come together to reflect upon and celebrate our work, deepen our relationships, renew our commitment to this movement, and strategize for...
November 10, 2021
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Holding the line through October

I hope you are taking a moment this week to slow down and enjoy the view; we are all feeling deeply how much is at stake right now, and have been showing up in so many ways to shift the...
October 9, 2021
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Speak up for education funding equity in Vermont!

Please sign on to this letter calling for the task force in charge to correct the pupil weighting formula used to distribute education funds to rural and low-income school districts in Vermont, rather than adopting categorical aid! ...
September 21, 2021
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Speak up for a Vermont Climate Action Plan that ensures we all can thrive!

The Vermont Climate Council is gearing up to develop a plan that will serve as a roadmap for how our state addresses the climate crisis. Now is our chance to speak up for a Climate Action Plan that rapidly transitions...
September 14, 2021
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Here we go! Boldly stepping into September

I hope the final days summer have given all of you a chance to recharge. As one RAD staff member put it, August "has been like Friday afternoon for a whole month." So, rested and restored, we shake off summer...
September 1, 2021
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August and the heart of our work

Over the past month, RAD really stepped into the heart of our work. The through line of our movement is ever present, and we really felt it this month as we continued our blend of in person organizing and our...
August 5, 2021
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Celebrating the many forms of freedom this July

This July marks a quiet shift for Rights & Democracy. With high vaccination rates across both Vermont and New Hampshire and the boundless opportunities for outdoor events presented by summer weather, there is a feeling of awakening. ...
July 10, 2021
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It’s Time to Take Things to the Next Level

Six years ago, I brought together some of the best organizers and leaders I knew to found Rights & Democracy (RAD). Working across Vermont and New Hampshire, RAD was a new kind of people’s movement organization focused on changing what...
June 7, 2021
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It’s June, and Our Summer Work Is Heating Up!

It’s hard to believe we are nearly halfway through the year! Although the legislative session is winding down, RAD's work is not. We have been processing, planning, adapting, and responding to the ever-shifting political landscape to build the people powered...
June 5, 2021
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A Message from the RAD and RDI Boards of Directors

As the Boards of Directors of Rights & Democracy and Rights & Democracy Institute, we celebrate all that we have accomplished over nearly six years of James Haslam’s leadership. ...
June 4, 2021
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RAD Joins National Statement of Solidarity with Palestine

Rights & Democracy joins national solidarity statement calling on Biden Administration to condemn Israeli government plans to forcibly displace Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem. ...
May 18, 2021
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RAD’s Statement On Kiah Morris’ Case & Racism in Vermont

Rights & Democracy stands in strong support of Kiah Morris and her family in the aftermath of a grueling two-year investigation into the hate and racism they experienced in Bennington....
May 17, 2021
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It’s May! Worker Solidarity, Ian Haney López, and more…

With the warm weather rolling in and more vaccines rolling out, (We're number one, Vermont!), we were thrilled to kick off this month with long-awaited, live in-person events for May Day....
May 8, 2021
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Letter to the Rutland City School Board: Support the Ravens Mascot!

We, the undersigned organizations, support the Rutland City Public Schools Ravens mascot and reject any attempt to revert back to the district’s racist former mascot....
May 7, 2021
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RAD’s Statement on the Chauvin Verdict

Our hearts are with the family and friends of George Floyd, who will finally see his murderer held accountable, and we hope that they can now find some peace and closure....
April 20, 2021
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RAD Statement on HB 128 and Sen. Jeanette White

Rights & Democracy fully supports HB 128, a bill which would ban the LGBTQ+ Panic Defense - using a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity to legitimize a crime. However, we are deeply troubled by Sen. Jeanette White’s callous use...
April 9, 2021
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Open Letter: We stand in solidarity with Vermont Educators and State Workers!

Dear Vermont State Legislators, We, the undersigned, Vermont parents and community members stand against the current legislative proposals to gut public pensions of public school educators and state employees. Public education is the bedrock of our communities and our democracy and...
March 27, 2021