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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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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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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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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
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Entering March with A Spring In Our Step

March, with its annual malaise of not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring, feels especially damp this year as it marks our quarantine anniversary....
March 6, 2021
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RAD 2021 Town Meeting Day Wins

We had an incredible slate of wins yesterday, including two RAD board members, Jo Sabel Courtney and Barbara Wilson, as well as RAD member leaders and supporters across Vermont. We are also thrilled that following two strong ballot campaigns, Burlington...
March 3, 2021
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Housing Justice for All Vermonters

Housing is a basic need. We are working to ensure that everyone in Vermont is guaranteed affordable, safe, equitable, and healthy housing. Please join us....
February 24, 2021
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Vermont Legislative Updates – Week of February 22nd

Town Meeting Day is around the corner and the Legislature is reviewing a bill that would make vote by mail a permanent provision for future elections....
February 23, 2021
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Meet Our 2021 Town Meeting Day Endorsed Candidates!

With Vermont's Town Meeting Day less than two weeks away, we are excited to announce our full slate of 2021 RAD-endorsed candidates for local elected offices across the state!...
February 19, 2021
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Legislative Update for the Week of February 15th

This new legislative session has brought many changes. This year, we are seeing committees working on legislation in a more comprehensive way, including creating various committee drafted bills instead of stand-alone bills....
February 17, 2021
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Legislative Update for the Week of February 8th

What a whirlwind of a ride! We are excited to dive into the incredible work of the Vermont Legislature at the start of a new biennium. With so many new champions in legislative leadership, we are keeping track of and...
February 9, 2021
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Stepping into 2021 with RAD.

We hope you found time for rest and rejuvenation in the final days of December. Here at RAD, we are coming into the new year ready to get to work. 2020 was hard - exhausting, and at times, devastating for...
January 14, 2021