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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 Department is just a snapshot of a much larger problem - one that reaches far beyond the boundaries of Bennington....
May 8, 2020

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 been living in crisis. Today’s combined COVID and climate crises have exposed this broken system—an inequitable economy and unjust society that has pushed millions of...
May 1, 2020

RAD Vermont’s Inaugural Monthly Newsletter!

Welcome to the very first RAD Vermont monthly newsletter! This year is already taking a toll on many of us - emotionally,  politically, and physically. During this new and uncertain period, RAD is shifting the scope of its work to...
April 16, 2020

Thank you, Bernie.

We just want to say…thank you, Bernie. Your ability to inspire and mobilize millions of people – many of whom have given up having hope in our democracy – is unprecedented in modern politics. No candidate has spoken so forcefully...
April 8, 2020

RAD is giving residents in manufactured home communities a voice

In the coming months, Rights & Democracy is embarking on an ambitious project to organize around the wide range of issues of residents in manufactured home communities in New Hampshire and Vermont. One of our goals is to identify, develop,...
April 7, 2020

Kiah Morris Joins RAD staff as Movement Politics Director

Rep. Kiah Morris, a leader and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, and leadership, has joined the Rights & Democracy staff as its Movement Politics Director in Vermont...
April 6, 2020

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 public health and safety of ALL Vermonters, especially those who are most at-risk and vulnerable in times of crisis....
March 19, 2020

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 together as a community and support each other....
March 17, 2020

Rights & Democracy Responds to COVID-19

As Rights & Democracy continues to closely monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in New Hampshire and Vermont, the health and well-being of our members, leaders, staff, and communities are of the utmost importance...
March 13, 2020

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 saw Bernie Sanders drop from the definitive presidential front runner to underdog—has really put that to the test....
March 4, 2020

RAD Members Endorse in Local Races for Town Meeting Day

Rights & Democracy (RAD) members have voted to endorse a slate of twelve candidates across three communities during upcoming elections on Town Meeting Day...
February 12, 2020

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 Recommended FY 2021 State Budget...
January 21, 2020

Vermonters Urge Legislators to Raise the Wage

MONTPELIER – The members of the Raise The Wage Coalition believe that working Vermonters deserve dignified, equitable working conditions, and anyone working 40 hours a week ought to be able to afford their basic needs. The Vermont Raise the Wage...
January 7, 2020

The Year in People Power: 2019

Wow, what a year it’s been at Rights & Democracy here in Vermont. 2019 was a rebuilding year for RADVT. We brought on Dan Fingas as our organizing director and then Liz Filskov and Betsy McGavisk in June and August...
December 16, 2019

Are you RAD?

We’re on our way! It’s People Power Week here at Rights & Democracy and hopefully, you’ve heard from one of our members, leaders, or staff on why it’s important – now, more than ever – to join RAD and support...
December 6, 2019

You are the people in People Power

With your support, and the support of your friends and neighbors, together we can ensure make sure that when people say “People Power” in New Hampshire that what they will picture is all of us, together, making the world a...
December 1, 2019

Giving = Power

Rights & Democracy is a young organization, and we currently receive the majority of our funding via grants. While strong grant sponsorship is a necessary, but not sufficient condition, as other successful non-profits such as NPR, VPR, and NHPR have...
November 26, 2019

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 helped make our Annual Membership Assembly and People Power Summit a huge success! In case you missed it, the announcement that made the news is...
November 18, 2019

Rights & Democracy Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

BRATTLEBORO – Rights & Democracy members have overwhelmingly voted to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary.  The announcement was released today in front of hundreds of members at Rights & Democracy’s (RAD) annual Membership Assembly and People...
November 16, 2019

2019 Rights & Democracy Board of Directors

Below are the Board of Director nominees who are up for election at this year’s Rights & Democracy Membership Assembly on Saturday, November 16th. We had a strong interest across both states for the open positions on the Board, and...
November 10, 2019