Democracy Defenders Resources and Updates

We are just over a week away from the November 3rd election, and we wanted...Read More

Tell Governor Scott: Defend Our Democracy, Protect Our Elections & Save Our Court!

We are in a troubling time, and the future of our democracy is at stake....Read More

Progressive VT Women Take On the Establishment

Vermont is often hailed as a progressive haven, but in reality the state's politics are...Read More

Why Zuckerman Is the VT Governor We Need

In a year of many worries about what the future holds, we are fortunate to...Read More

Democracy Defenders

Following last week’s presidential debate and Trump’s concerning attempts to undermine confidence in our electoral...Read More

RAD 2020 VT Voter’s Guide

We all know there is a lot at stake in the 2020 general election on...Read More

Vermont Post-Primary Endorsements 2020

The November election is almost five weeks away, and we are getting ready. Following the...Read More

Primary Day Wins (and what’s next)!

This year's Primary Day was thrilling! Fifty candidates of our endorsed slate of fifty-five won...Read More

Our Petition: We need a People’s Bailout!

For one of the wealthiest countries to ignore the struggles of everyday people and their...Read More

Halfway through 2020 and we aren’t slowing down

June was a whirlwind of activity. From Black Lives Matter to launching a just transition...Read More

RAD Endorses Candidates in 2020 Gubernatorial and State Legislative Races

Tuesday night, in coalition with other regional organization and groups, RAD launched Renew New England,...Read More

Hello May – Giving Tuesday, Green New Deal, and Grassroots Power

We had a busy April with political roundtables and a COVID-19 Town Hall. As we...Read More

Standing in Solidarity.

To say we are heartbroken, to say we are devastated, to say we are angry...Read More

Meet RAD’s 2020 Early Candidate Endorsements!

So far, 2020 is proving to be a year of tumultuous and uncertain times. We...Read More

Take Action! We are calling for a fair and just Bennington Police Department

The recently released International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) evaluation of the Bennington Police...Read More

We’re here for each other: Today, Tuesdays, and all the Tomorrows.

We at Rights & Democracy know that for too long, too many of our communities have...Read More

RAD Vermont’s Inaugural Monthly Newsletter!

Welcome to the very first RAD Vermont monthly newsletter! This year is already taking a...Read More

Thank you, Bernie.

We just want to say…thank you, Bernie. Your ability to inspire and mobilize millions of...Read More

RAD is giving residents in manufactured home communities a voice

In the coming months, Rights & Democracy is embarking on an ambitious project to organize...Read More

Kiah Morris Joins RAD staff as Movement Politics Director

Rep. Kiah Morris, a leader and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and leadership, has...Read More

A Vermont Response to COVID-19: Advancing Community Health and Recovery

We are calling on Gov. Phil Scott to take additional, immediate steps to ensure the...Read More

Resources to Support Communities in Responding to COVID-19

With the rapidly changing the COVID-19 crisis, this is a time when we must pull...Read More

Rights & Democracy Responds to COVID-19

As Rights & Democracy continues to closely monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in New Hampshire and...Read More

Super Tuesday – Reflections, Takeaways and Gratitude

I’m hard wired as an optimist, but today—post-Super Tuesday and after a 72-hour period which...Read More

RAD Members Endorse in Local Races for Town Meeting Day

Rights & Democracy (RAD) members have voted to endorse a slate of twelve candidates across...Read More

Testify at Public Hearings on Vermont’s 2021 Budget

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the Governor’s...Read More

Vermonters Urge Legislators to Raise the Wage

MONTPELIER – The members of the Raise The Wage Coalition believe that working Vermonters deserve...Read More

The Year in People Power: 2019

Wow, what a year it’s been at Rights & Democracy here in Vermont. 2019 was...Read More

Are you RAD?

We’re on our way! It’s People Power Week here at Rights & Democracy and hopefully,...Read More

You are the people in People Power

With your support, and the support of your friends and neighbors, together we can ensure...Read More

Giving = Power

Rights & Democracy is a young organization, and we currently receive the majority of our...Read More

People’s Picks: RAD Elects New Board & Endorses for President

What a day! Thank you to all of our member volunteers, leaders, and staff who...Read More

Rights & Democracy Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

BRATTLEBORO – Rights & Democracy members have overwhelmingly voted to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in...Read More

2019 Rights & Democracy Board of Directors

Below are the Board of Director nominees who are up for election at this year’s...Read More

Join RAD’s email list

One way to stay on top of everything that’s going on — from meetings in...Read More

Save the Date: Membership Assembly & People Power Summit

Join Rights & Democracy (RAD) for our Annual Membership Assembly and People Power Summit Our...Read More

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...Read More

RAD Leaders Among 1700 at People’s Convention

An overwhelming display of solidarity at the People’s Convention in Detroit reminded us that physical...Read More

Health Care Rate Regulators: Profits over People

Despite an emotional and articulated display of solidarity by dozens of Vermonters, the Green Mountain...Read More

Speak up for health care!

The Green Mountain Care Board will soon determine if the health insurance premiums for more...Read More

Well … now what?

Well … now what? More than a month out we’re still scratching our heads at...Read More

Why I Got Arrested For #MedicareForAll

A few weeks ago I was in handcuffs, one of six People’s Action members arrested...Read More

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...Read More

Vermonters Demand an Economy that Works for Everyone

It’s time for legislators to improve the lives of everyday Vermonters by passing legislation that...Read More

Windham County – Let’s get RAD on March 31

With such great turnout at our Windham Together meeting in late February and at the...Read More

$15 for $15 Spring Membership Drive!

It’s March and we’re hitting the midpoint of very busy legislative session that will be...Read More

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

The legislature is in full swing and we’re working on some of our members’ key...Read More

RAD Town Meeting Day Victories!

Congratulations are in order to the four RAD-endorsed candidates who won on Tuesday, as well...Read More

Take Our Minimum Wage Survey!

It’s another busy week for Rights & Democracy (RAD) folks in the State House, out...Read More

RAD Endorses Burlington City Council Candidates

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is excited to announce that it is endorsing candidates in each...Read More
  • 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...Read More

Top 10 RAD Highlights for 2018

Around New Year's Eve every year, I like to reflect on the highlights from the...Read More

We Need to Be RAD now, more than ever

My name is Teddy Waszazak and I’m a member of Rights & Democracy (RAD). Like...Read More

Standing up for Our Rights, Our Communities

My name is Mary Gerisch and I’m a member of Rights & Democracy (RAD) and...Read More

Join RAD & Help Us Make Real Change

My name is Jubilee McGill and I’m a member of Rights & Democracy (RAD). Like...Read More

Celebrate Our Victories & Build Power Toward 2020!

We're asking you take a moment between now and the end of the year to...Read More

Giving Thanks on #GivingTuesday

Help us raise $10,000 in one day! How? Your #GivingTuesday donation will be matched dollar...Read More

Congratulations RAD Champions!

Winning a veto-proof majority in the House means that we've shifted the balance of power...Read More

Vote: Our Environment Needs You

by Martha Sylvester Vermont’s nickname is the Green Mountain State, and all of our beautiful...Read More

The Last Weekend

We’re down to the final DAYS of this historic midterm election where Rights & Democracy...Read More

All that we love is on the line

“Whether you care about the environment or women’s rights or racial justice or what’s happening...Read More

We Will Not Go Back

On Saturday, October 5th, my heart broke. I felt outraged, silenced, and betrayed as I...Read More

Help RAD Get Out the Vote!

Join Rights & Democracy to help get out the vote for endorsed candidates across Vermont...Read More

Vermont, The Next North Carolina?

By Johanna De Graffenreid While I am fortunate to call Vermont my home, I am...Read More

3 Lessons From Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Lead with love. That was one of the key lessons that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)...Read More

URGENT: Join us in NH to #StopKavanaughNow!

Help us #StopKavanaughNow and join us tomorrow, Friday, September 21 in New Hampshire to let...Read More

Our 2018 Movement Builder Award Winners!

The Rights & Democracy Project is excited to announce the recipients of our annual Movement...Read More

We Must #StopKavanaughNow

Last week, several RAD members joined national partner organizations (like the Women’s March, Be a...Read More

Rights & Democracy Endorses Christine Hallquist for Governor

Rights & Democracy members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Democrat Christine Hallquist for Governor....Read More

Open Letters for Town Support of UVMMC Nurses

The nurses at the UVM Medical Center are struggling to reach a fair contract that...Read More

Reaction to Rep. Kiah Morris’ Decision to Not Seek Re-Election

The following is a statement from Rights & Democracy's Vermont Endorsement Committee on Rep. Kiah...Read More

Getting Serious About Power

Christine Hallquist, Phil Scott, and what we do from now until November 6 By Alison...Read More

What comes once a year & is really RAD?

What could be better than a room full of people who care about making change...Read More

Who Won? Vermont Won!

Did you see the exciting primary results? Thank you to everyone who made calls, sent...Read More

How We Get Clean Water for All

Our drinking water infrastructure needs serious work, and our small scale systems must start testing...Read More

2018 Endorsements

Here they are … the Rights & Democracy list of endorsed candidates for the 2018...Read More

RAD Members Endorse 2018 Candidates

Rights & Democracy is announcing its member-endorsed candidates for 2018! These candidates were endorsed by...Read More

RAD Brings a Real American Hero to Vermont & New Hampshire Aug 10-11

I believe Ady is a national treasure. He is using his brilliance and an unbelievable...Read More

RAD’s First Crop of Endorsed Candidates for 2018

We are excited to announce the first crop of endorsed candidates—from US Senator to Vermont...Read More

Advocates look to put Scott on the spot over health care

A major concern with the Republican bill in Congress is the potential elimination of coverage...Read More

Take Action: Stop Indefinite Internment of Families

I’m deeply terrified by the anti-immigrant fervor gripping America right now. Especially a recent remark made...Read More

Nina Turner to Keynote Whose Vermont? Our Vermont! Forums

It’s time to build the people power necessary to see paid family leave, raising the...Read More

Stop the Separation of Children Now!

My name is Kelly Mangan. I’m a member of Rights and Democracy, the chair of...Read More

June 30: From Protest to Power Party with Nina Turner

Join Nina Turner, President of Our Revolution, for a lively conversation about how to build...Read More

June 29: Whose Vermont? Our Vermont! Bennington Gubernatorial Forum

Join Rights & Democracy and Rights & Democracy of Bennington for a gubernatorial panel and a...Read More

June 29: Whose Vermont? Our Vermont! Rutland Gubernatorial Forum

Join Rights & Democracy and the Rutland NAACP for a gubernatorial forum and a special...Read More

What Issues are Most Important to You & Your Community?

Rights & Democracy has launched an exciting listening campaign to hear from people around Vermont—of diverse backgrounds and...Read More

It’s Time to Veto Phil Scott

Today, Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed bills to raise the minimum wage (S.40) and establish...Read More

Urgent: Calls Needed Today in Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

We are close to winning a huge victory for working Vermonters by raising the state’s...Read More

Our Success Depends on You

Thank you for your past support — it is because of you that we were...Read More

Raise the Wage Update: One House Committee Down, More to Go!

Yesterday, the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee voted 7-4 to support raising Vermont’s minimum wage...Read More

Welcome New (and Familiar) Faces to Rights & Democracy Staff!

We had a great conversation on our membership call Sunday night, where we discussed upcoming actions...Read More

As GOP Attacks Health Care, Movement for Single-Payer Grows Across Country

Critics of single-payer in the media repeatedly point to its so-called “failure” in Vermont as...Read More

An Inside Account of How Direct Action Helped Kill the GOP Healthcare Bill

In this series, we’ll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers. They’ll be...Read More

Vermonters gather to ‘resist and rebuild’ during divisive political climate

The summit featured panel discussions and workshops on a broad range of topics, from the...Read More

Movement Politics Webinar

The movement that Bernie inspired across the country we must continue to organize not only...Read More

As Activism Under Trump Draws First-Timers, Organizers Look To Keep Momentum

Nearly 2,000 people attended the March For Science in Burlington on April 22. Advocacy groups...Read More

Main Street Alliance of Vermont and Rights and Democracy Release Report Detailing the High Cost of ACA Repeal for Vermont

Contact: Kaycie Miltenberger,, 802-585-6242 James Haslam,, 802-272-0882 Main Street Alliance of Vermont and...Read More

Vermont legislature considers paid family leave act

The Vermont House is considering a bill that would create mandatory paid family leave for...Read More