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Meet RAD’s 2022 Early Endorsed Candidates!

This 2022 election season, we are fired up! The end of the Vermont legislative session...Read More
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As VT Delivers Blow to Tenants’ Rights, Our Fight Continues

This morning, the Vermont House failed to override Governor Scott's recent veto of Burlington's proposed...Read More
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May movement wins and turning rage into action.

Spring at Rights & Democracy has been off to a moving start. In our calls,...Read More
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How will you take action this week?

As we enter this week, we are excited to see the momentum continuing for Vermont Renews priority...Read More
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Celebrating Essex wins and JCE campaign advances!

As we enter mid-April, we are enjoying the first blooms of spring and celebrating recent...Read More
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Presence and power

March was a huge month for Rights & Democracy, one of immense presence and power. ...Read More
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RAD 2022 VT Town Meeting Day Wins

Yesterday’s 2022 Vermont Town Meeting Day elections brought exciting results, with 85% of RAD-endorsed candidates winning...Read More
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Rights & Democracy Welcomes New Executive Director: Kiah Morris

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is entering a new phase with the announcement of its next...Read More
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Meet RAD’s 2022 VT Town Meeting Day Endorsed Candidates!

With Vermont’s 2022 Town Meeting Day fast approaching, we are excited to introduce you to...Read More
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VT Town Meeting Day 2022 Early Endorsements

Each election season, we announce a first slate of early endorsed candidates who share our...Read More
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Leading into 2022

This February, we are celebrating leadership across our movement. We’re seeing mounting interest in running...Read More
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Moving into 2022 with power

January is a special month at Rights & Democracy, one full of assessment and preparation....Read More
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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...Read More
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RAD 2021 Membership Assembly

Calling all members - new and old - the Membership Assembly is on the horizon!...Read More
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Holding the line through October

I hope you are taking a moment this week to slow down and enjoy the...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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....Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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!),...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Housing Justice for All Vermonters

Housing is a basic need. We are working to ensure that everyone in Vermont is...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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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...Read More
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Stepping into 2021 with RAD.

We hope you found time for rest and rejuvenation in the final days of December....Read More
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RAD and Coalition Partners Launch Vermont Renews

Grassroots Organizations Launch Statewide Climate and Jobs Coalition BURLINGTON, VT – Frontline communities, labor groups,...Read More
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December Reflections to Close Out 2020

We made it! December is here at last. In January, everyone sensed we were embarking...Read More
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A Win for Just Cause Eviction in Burlington!

RAD's Burlington Chapter is part of a coalition working to improve tenant rights in the...Read More
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The November Bistate Newsletter

The voters spoke in record numbers. Prominent in that record turnout were working class folks,...Read More
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2020 Membership Assembly featuring Rep. Rashida Tlaib!

We want to celebrate five years of RAD with you - longtime members, supporters, and...Read More
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RAD Election Wins & Next Steps

While it has not been an ideal year and we had mixed results nationally and...Read More
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Democracy Defenders Resources and Updates

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

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

To say we are heartbroken, to say we are devastated, to say we are angry...Read More
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Meet RAD’s 2020 Early Candidate Endorsements!

So far, 2020 is proving to be a year of tumultuous and uncertain times. We...Read More
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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
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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
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RAD Vermont’s Inaugural Monthly Newsletter!

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

We just want to say…thank you, Bernie. Your ability to inspire and mobilize millions of...Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Rights & Democracy Responds to COVID-19

As Rights & Democracy continues to closely monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in New Hampshire and...Read More
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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
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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
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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
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Vermonters Urge Legislators to Raise the Wage

MONTPELIER – The members of the Raise The Wage Coalition believe that working Vermonters deserve...Read More
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The Year in People Power: 2019

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

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

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

Rights & Democracy is a young organization, and we currently receive the majority of our...Read More
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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
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Rights & Democracy Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

BRATTLEBORO – Rights & Democracy members have overwhelmingly voted to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in...Read More
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2019 Rights & Democracy Board of Directors

Below are the Board of Director nominees who are up for election at this year’s...Read More
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Save the Date: Membership Assembly & People Power Summit

Join Rights & Democracy (RAD) for our Annual Membership Assembly and People Power Summit Our...Read More
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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
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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
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Health Care Rate Regulators: Profits over People

Despite an emotional and articulated display of solidarity by dozens of Vermonters, the Green Mountain...Read More
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Speak up for health care!

The Green Mountain Care Board will soon determine if the health insurance premiums for more...Read More
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Well … now what?

Well … now what? More than a month out we’re still scratching our heads at...Read More
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Why I Got Arrested For #MedicareForAll

A few weeks ago I was in handcuffs, one of six People’s Action members arrested...Read More
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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
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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
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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
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$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
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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
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RAD Town Meeting Day Victories!

Congratulations are in order to the four RAD-endorsed candidates who won on Tuesday, as well...Read More
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Take Our Minimum Wage Survey!

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

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is excited to announce that it is endorsing candidates in each...Read More
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Opening the 2019 Legislative Session with Energy

100+ people braved a statewide snowstorm to attend our Opening Day People Power Lobby events...Read More
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Top 10 RAD Highlights for 2018

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

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
+ Mary Gerish

Standing up for Our Rights, Our Communities

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