March, with its annual malaise of not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring, feels especially damp this year as it marks our quarantine anniversary.
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 residents voted yes for Just Cause Eviction and Ranked Choice Voting
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.
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 supporting a wide variety of bills. It is my hope this newsletter will help keep you informed as things develop throughout the season.
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 so many. We kept our eye on 2021 in the hope that a new year would bring light, clarity, and new pathways for change. And we continue to harbor that hope, but the past few days have been rough.
We made it! December is here at last.In January, everyone sensed we were embarking on one of our most critical years as an organization.
We made it! December is here at last. In January, everyone sensed we were embarking on one of our most critical years as an organization. After years of preparation and countless hours spent by organizers, members, and volunteers…
RAD’s Burlington Chapter is part of a coalition working to improve tenant rights in the city by passing a Just Cause Eviction charter change, which would protect tenants from arbitrary evictions and require landlords to have a legal justification for evicting a tenant. This past Monday, the coalition secured an important win when the Burlington City Council voted “yes” on a resolution to
The voters spoke in record numbers. Prominent in that record turnout were working class folks, people of color and women.
The voters spoke in record numbers. Prominent in that record turnout were working class folks, people of color and women. This was not spontaneous, but the product of months and years of hard organizing
In the midst of a particularly difficult year, the November 3rd elections in New Hampshire delivered some hard losses, but also some significant victories for our movement that it is important to lift up and celebrate.
Vermont is often hailed as a progressive haven, but in reality the state’s politics are much more mixed. In particular, there are rural areas where conservative politicians have long held the seats at the decision-making table, consistently voting against legislation that would support working families and protect our climate.
This is a big election year, and there is a lot on the line for our country, our state and our democracy. We are hard at work mobilizing with our movement partners to defeat Trump so we can begin healing our communities, and it is just as important to show up for our New Hampshire state and district candidates.
We all know there is a lot at stake in the 2020 general election on November 3rd. While we are organizing hard with our national movement partners to beat Trump, this year it is more important than ever to show up strong for our Vermont state and district candidates.
The November election is almost five weeks away, and we are getting ready. Following the Primary Day results, Rights & Democracy has been at work looking at the candidates who are moving on to the General Election, and evaluating how their platforms
This year’s Primary Day was thrilling! Fifty candidates of our endorsed slate of fifty-five won their races, and we couldn’t be more excited! We wanted to share highlights with you from a few of Tuesday’s key races…
We’re especially proud right now to be parents and grandparents. The Trump administration has finally gotten so out of hand, a Wall of Moms had to “stop this car” to intervene in Portland, Oregon.
We had a busy April with political roundtables and a COVID-19 Town Hall. As we kick off the month with International Workers Day and our upcoming community Visioning Sessions, May promises to be even more eventful.
So far, 2020 is proving to be a year of tumultuous and uncertain times. We are reminded almost daily of how much is at stake in the upcoming elections. From municipal boards to the presidency, we need movement champions in office at every level of government, who will advocate for the change we so desperately need and give voice to those who have been excluded from decision-making spaces and who are most impacted by the multitude of crises confronting us.