Between finalizing RAD’s New Hampshire candidate endorsements, hitting the doors to talk to our neighbors, and deepening our issue organizing and leadership development, summer has flown by!
Spring at Rights & Democracy has been off to a moving start. In our calls, conversations, and meetings across the state, there is a palpable sense of energy and renewal.
March was a huge month for Rights & Democracy, one of immense presence and power. Two weeks ago, I was in DC to stand alongside 10 powerful RAD leaders and Black women-led progressive organizations from across the country in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
This February, we are celebrating leadership across our movement. We’re seeing mounting interest in running for local office and grassroots organizing in both states, and we are excited to keep growing the work of our Grassroots Leadership Academy to support, educate, and motivate movement leaders.
January is a special month at Rights & Democracy, one full of assessment and preparation. In each state, we’re at a moment of opportunity.
We are all feeling deeply how much is at stake right now, and have been showing up in so many ways to shift the political landscape. So please: be gentle with yourself, and let’s take inspiration from all the powerful work we did together this past month.
I hope the final days summer have given all of you a chance to recharge. As one RAD staff member put it, August “has been like Friday afternoon for a whole month.” So rested and restored, we shake off summer and step into September, gearing up for a busy fall.
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.
The voters spoke in record numbers. Prominent in that record turnout were working class folks, people of color and women.
With half of the year behind us, we’re looking towards what’s ahead with new energy. For us at RAD, June was about finding our balance in a wild spectrum of emotions and responses to the crises and movements escalating around us – a balance between introspection and action, leading and listening; and transitioning while staying still.