Raise the Wage rally at Sen. Jean Shaheen’s office in Manchester, NH.
|RAD Leaders in Action
With the NH legislative session in full swing, our members have been testifying in droves on behalf of our current legislative priorities – Melissa Bernardin, Kathy Staub, and Nikki Fordey have been absolute powerhouses. We also have much gratitude for RAD-endorsed candidate Nicole Klein Knight and her electric testimony in support of HB 511 this week. Thank you all. This grassroots representation is what gives serious traction to our wins!
We are so excited to announce the newest addition to our team, Mia Schultz! Mia joins us as the Catalyst Leadership Coordinator for our sister project, Rights & Democracy Institute. She will help support our growing movement of electeds and community leaders in the fight for a more just and equitable Vermont. Welcome aboard, Mia!
|RAD in the Media
RAD NH Movement Politics Director Asma Elhuni and member leader and State Rep Maria Perez testified in support of civil rights in NH outdoor recreation areas.
RAD organizer Brandon Lemay is collaborating on a series of Tenant Organizing trainings in Manchester alongside Granite State Organizing Project and Manchester Housing Alliance.
|In Case You Missed It….
February was short but jam-packed at RAD. Here’s a few of this month’s highlights:
Check out our municipal race endorsements in NH!
March, with its annual malaise of not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring, feels especially damp this year as it marks our quarantine anniversary. It has been a difficult time for so many of us, but it is not without moments of inspiration.
A year ago, we were gearing up to launch our campaigns in person, and not only did we manage to shift our whole team to Zoom, but we re-tooled our grassroots organizing model to function remotely. Honestly, looking back on it, it is nothing short of amazing that we successfully launched local and national campaigns while deep canvassing to defeat Trump.
Moving from the maelstrom of 2020, we approached 2021 with momentum. We shifted to an issue-based organizing model, and are advancing major legislative priorities in New Hampshire under the Renew New England framework. We are also excited about our slate of endorsed candidates in the upcoming municipal races (stay tuned for election results).
Now, we just have to get through what is hopefully the last period of isolation. With vaccine deployment ramping up in our communities and across the country, there is an end in sight.
We are doing what we can to get through it. Taking a meeting off-video, getting out for a walk – anything helps. Who would have thought we would start taking advice from Antarctic researchers in 2021? With a year of loss behind us, we are moving on to a year of hope and learning.
Housing Justice is one of the key issues areas of our Renews work and we are working to advance affordable, safe equitable and secure housing for everyone. We invite Granite Staters to join us for a training on March 9th with John Washington of People’s Action Homes Guarantee campaign, Rights & Democracy, and the Manchester Housing Alliance for a lesson on Tenant Organizing, how we can effectively do it in New Hampshire, and next steps to empower renters in your area. Register today!
This was an important week for our legislative priorities. HB 511, a bill that would decriminalize drug possession was found inexpedient to legislate (ITL) on Monday, but can still pass on a floor vote. Contact your representative and urge them to vote YES on HB 511. Do you want to stay informed on RAD’s legislative priorities and ways you can take action? Sign up here to receive our weekly legislative updates. Check out this week’s news and actions on our blog.
MOVEMENT POLITICS SHOW
If you have not watched the latest episode of the Movement Politics Show, do yourself a favor and watch it now. This month we dove deep on the issue of housing. With an incredible lineup of guests, we dug into the history of housing inequality, racist policies, and what housing justice looks like at the federal, regional and state levels. We also heard about local housing fights in Vermont, New Hampshire and beyond and how we are working to realize housing justice in our communities. Host RAD VT Organizer Tom Proctor was joined by John Washington of People’s Action Homes Guarantee campaign, Kate Logan, RAD Director of Policy and Programming, and RAD NH Organizer Brandon Lemay for this enlightening and timely conversation.
This month’s installment of The Traverse was a moving episode in two acts. We first revisited a powerful conversation between Cathy Albisa, VP for Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward, Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Author, and George Goehl, Executive Director of our national partner People’s Action.
In the second act, Giselle Hart, Asma Elhuni, Mia Schultz, Zoraya Hightower, and Mary Gannon began a discussion of Garza’s latest book, The Purpose of Power, launching the Movement Reading Group – an exciting new project of our sister organization, Rights & Democracy Institute.
The Purpose of Power will be the Movement Reading Group’s first book and the group’s inaugual meeting will be held later this month. We would love to have you join us. For more info and to sign up, go here.
Missed the Traverse? You can still catch it here.