Rights & Democracy (RAD) is only as strong as the volunteer members and leaders who comprise a wide array of policy teams as well as our board of directors.
Who are these amazing volunteer leaders? Starting this month, we’re going to start profiling these folks and let them tell you a bit more about themselves, such as how they got involved with RAD, why they continue to support RAD, and the first question they'd ask if after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years.
This month we’re profiling Nikki Casey, who has quickly become an important voice in our progressive movement. She is currently the co-chair of the Rights & Democracy Education Fund, our 501(c)3 affiliate. Nikki delivered an incredibly powerful introductory speech for Sen. Bernie Sanders at our Labor Day Celebration in Concord — before a crowd of more than 1200 people!
RAD: How did you first get involved with RAD - when and why? How has your involvement grown since you first began? What aspect of this work do you most appreciate?
NIKKI: I first became involved with RAD on Labor Day of 2016. After Bernie had lost the election it made me realize how much work needed to be done. I realized that if the Revolution that we all talked about was going to happen, it had to happen as a group and a collective. That's the vision that RAD has and it aligns with my core belief system.
I started by selling raffle tickets, attending meetings, speaking out at rallies put on by RAD, to eventually introducing Bernie Sanders at the Labor Day event this year. And, now I'm the co-chair of RAD's 501(c)3 board.
What I appreciate most is the platform RAD has created. Their whole concept is centered on empowering people in their communities, and I've seen that create a ripple effect. For example, I've attended a day-long training through RAD, and the skills and tools I took away from that training I now use at my own job working with volunteers.
RAD: That’s great. Now, tell us a little about yourself: What are you passionate about and why? What is your history of activism? What do you do in your free time? And, tell us a little about your family.
NIKKI: The issue that I am passionate about is recovery and helping educate the public on substance use disorder, because I have walked through recovery and I want to show our communities that it does get better; that hope isn't a pipedream, but a reality if we equip people with the right tools.
My history of activism began as a volunteer with the Sierra Club in my early 20s, and I have traveled to Washington D.C, New York City, and California for rallies and demonstrations. I have testified on bills for addiction treatment measures, and have helped organize people in the Manchester and Nashua areas.
In my spare time, I try and sleep as much as possible because that seems to be such a foreign concept in my life. I spend as much time as possible with my family because they are my saving grace, and go on adventures all over New England with the love of my life Sean.
As for me and my family: I am the middle child and have two sisters who are my best friends. I have two of the most understanding and compassionate parents a human could ask for. I have a boyfriend whose soul is more tender and kind then I could ask for from another person. And I have a cat who helped get me sober by showing up in my life right when I needed him.
RAD: Now, onto the fun questions! First, If you were cryogenically frozen for 100 years, what would be the first question you ask when you wake back up?
NIKKI: Did the government finally admit to working with aliens?
RAD: What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
NIKKI: Oprah's biography, managing a sober living house, and all the reasons I love Bernie Sanders.
RAD: What are three interesting facts about you?
- I can rap Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z.
- I use Tarot cards every night.
- I believe Hogwarts is a real place somewhere in the universe.
RAD: What book are you reading right now or have you read recently that stood out to you?
NIKKI: Highly Intuitive People: 7 Right-Brain Traits to Change the Lives of Intuitive-Sensitive People By Heidi Sawyer
WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1-6PM
WHERE: LEBANON HIGH SCHOOL, 195 HANOVER ST., LEBANON, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Join Rights & Democracy members from across Vermont and New Hampshire for our annual membership assembly and celebration. We will celebrate key victories this year in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Washington, DC, and we'll look ahead to movement organizing needed in 2018 and beyond, including our multi-issue People’s Platform that we'll be adopting in each state. We will also announce our inaugural Human Rights Awards that celebrate the work of individuals and organizations in both states. Reserve your seat today as we look to build a bold agenda for 2018 in Vermont and New Hampshire. If you have child care, accessibility or interpretation needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.