RAD Immigrant Rights Organizer Maria Perez with squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush in DC supporting the Build Back Better Plan last week.
At the Bow Coal Plant protests this past weekend RAD NH Movement Politics Director Asma Elhuni called out the need for intersectional accountability within environmental justice.
On the seacoast, RAD leader Dana Hackett delivered a powerful speech at the Women’s March.
We had record turnout from New Hampshire youth leading climate strikes across the state – not even a little rain could stop these activists!
Asma Elhuni on what we can gain from cross-racial solidarity.
Labor Day parade in southern NH.
Word is spreading about our housing justice advocacy and renters clinics.
At the Milford Labor Day parade, via RAD Instagram
Flooding the streets of DC to #WelcomeBackCongress, via RAD Instagram
Isaac at the Climate Strikes via RAD NH Twitter
As we enter the season of brisk mornings, brilliant leaves, and too much candy, I hope you are taking a moment this week to slow down and enjoy the view. I know 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.
Last month, our new Immigrant Rights Organizer Maria Perez joined a three-day solidarity walk for a pathway to citizenship, with Movement Politics Director Asma Elhuni. As corporations have lobbied against the #BuildBackBetter plan, we have kept up the pressure, held the line with progressives in Congress, and stayed firm in our message: we demand a reconciliation package that leaves no one behind and includes all of our major priorities – from real healthcare expansion to bold investments in climate action. And speaking of climate, we showed up in force with youth activists across our state on September 24th as part of a global climate strike, demanding that our elected leaders take our futures seriously.
You all bring so much to this movement everyday, and I look forward to continuing the fight alongside you this fall. We’ve got exciting events coming up, with the municipal elections and our annual Membership Assembly right around the corner – so keep an eye out, and mark your calendar for November 14th!
P.S. A quick reminder that we are still hiring for a couple positions, so make sure to share the job descriptions with your network!
Conversations for Citizenship
This month RAD launched our Immigration Deep Canvass project, focused on changing hearts and minds on immigration. Deep Canvassers form personal connections with people by straying away from conversations about facts and opinions. Instead, we work on having meaningful conversations by sharing personal stories.
Through this effort, we are crossing political and ideological divides to build empathy and support for federal legislation for a pathway to citizenship, while pressuring our Senators to take action.
Join us in welcoming our new team of canvassers: Katy Allen, Dogg Hugosdottir, Gabe Casanave-Cohen, and Leo Stewart!
As we work to build progressive electoral power across New Hampshire and deliver victories for working families, we are thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration with Working Families Party (WFP) that will offer deeper support to some of our most dedicated movement candidates!
In their first foray into New Hampshire politics, WFP is endorsing an initial slate of seven local champions, who are all among RAD’s early-endorsed candidates for this election cycle. Help us throw a wave of support behind them, and vote this fall! The candidates are:
Chris Potter for Manchester School Board
Regan Lamphier for Nashua School Board
Jordan Thompson for Nashua Alderman
Robin Vogt for Portsmouth City Council at Large
Crystal Paradis for Somersworth Mayor
Jodi Newell for Keene Alderman at Large
Palana Hunt-Hawkins for Rochester Mayor
We leave you with a fun, powerful collection of short stories from the Grist Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors.
“Whether built on abundance or adaptation, reform or a new understanding of survival, these stories provide flickers of hope, even joy, and serve as a springboard for exploring how fiction can help create a better reality.”