Asma Elhuni speaking to the crowd at the steps of the State House during the state budget rally in June.
 

RAD Leaders in Action

RAD Leader Dana Hackett hit nearly every headline in New Hampshire during our state-budget protest. Dana, alongside four other RAD members, were arrested at the State House following the civil disobedience action in the Executive Council Chambers.

RAD in the Media

A look at James’ upcoming transition from the role of Executive Director of Rights & Democracy.

RAD staff laid out the playing field of the GOP’s War on Democracy.

Kiah discusses the ongoing barriers and risks BIPOC women face in public office on PBS News Hour.

Full coverage of the NH state budget rally garnered national attention.

Share Your Story

As we fight for universal healthcare, Medicaid can be a lifeline for those of us who qualify. However, for many, there are frequent and insurmountable barriers to access. If you have faced barriers applying or staying on Medicaid, you can help promote changes to Medicaid by sharing your experiences in this survey!

In Case You Missed It….

We celebrated an important win for housing access in Manchester, with the allocation of $4.7 million in new funding!

Check our more on our RAD NH Instagram!

RAD joined 603 Forward for a block party in Dover to thank the amazing NH care workers who got us through this pandemic!

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This July marks a quiet shift for Rights & Democracy. With high vaccination rates across both Vermont and New Hampshire and the boundless opportunities for outdoor events presented by summer weather, there is a feeling of awakening. It has been so good to see our members at our first in-person events since the pandemic began.

In New Hampshire, hundreds of members, supporters, and allied organizations showed up at the steps of the State House in an effort to stop the passage of the morally reprehensible state budget. Our Vermont leaders have been out in their communities getting ready for our long-awaited summer engagement kickoff, when we will train volunteers, and begin widespread base building work in our communities.

For this year’s Membership Assembly to be held on November 13th [ahem: Save the Date!], we are planning to be back in person (with a virtual option for those who cannot attend). We will celebrate our sixth year as a grassroots organization working to build a progressive popular movement across our states and our region. Thanks to you, we have come a long way in those six years, so if you haven’t yet become a sustaining member of RAD, please do so today and join us in November.

We are embracing a summer with you, where hugs are not taken for granted and we can chat Zoomlessly – or face-to-face (in old-fashioned parlance). We have weathered a lot of storms over the past year, and are grateful to be working alongside you towards a just recovery as the world begins to reopen.

In solidarity,

James

Upcoming Events

#CareKeepsUsAfloat Block Party organized by Rights & Democracy

RSVP and join us for the #CareKeepsUsAfloat Block Party, in Manchester’s Derryfield Park, this Thursday, July 15th from 11am-1pm. We are celebrating with food, Ben & Jerry’s, music and games, as families begin to receive monthly cash payments from the expanded #ChildTaxCredit we won as part of the #AmericanRescuePlan with the key support of both our Senators and Congressmembers. We will also talk next steps in winning a bold recovery package that lifts up the Care Economy!

Take our short survey to let us know what these payments mean for your family and what you want to see next.

Other events:

Healthcare Justice

Good news in the Monadnock region – the Keene Medicare for All resolution has passed! The resolution was first presented by RAD leader Jim Murphy in May, and on June 9th it passed out of committee with a vote of 4-1. There was excellent testimony from State Representative Amanda Toll, the Former Director of the Cheshire Medical Center Carl DeMatteo, Ken Dolkart from Granite State PNHP. On June 17th it passed the full council on a vote of 12-3.

Also in June, numerous RAD members spoke at a webinar focused on lowering prescription drug prices on the same day the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional in a 7-2 decision.

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