Grieving and Honoring Tyre Nichols

Tyre Nichols was a Black father and a youngest son, a photographer, a skateboarder, a lover of sunsets, and so much more. And he should be alive today, sharing his gifts and his dreams with the world. We grieve and honor Tyre. To his mother, RowVaughn Wells: we are so deeply sorry that you are … Read more

Apply for Catalyst Leadership 2022!

We are now taking applications for our 2022 Catalyst Leadership Program! For this year’s program, we are changing up the format: we are selecting applicants to join us on a trip to the Netroots Nation Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, from August 18 – 20 (participants will need to be available August 17 – 21). … Read more

Rights & Democracy Welcomes New Executive Director: Kiah Morris

Rights & Democracy (RAD) is entering a new phase with the announcement of its next executive director, Kiah Morris. Kiah steps into the role after serving for nearly two years as the organization’s Vermont Movement Politics Director, and is a leader on issues of diversity, equity, and leadership. She will lead RAD and it’s sister … Read more

The best is truly yet to come.

Dear friend, Back in the spring when I announced that I would step down as the founding executive director of Rights & Democracy, I said that the best is yet to come. I am happy to report that I am now certain that will be the case. From the impact of the pandemic, to attacks on women’s … Read more

Help us heal together this Giving Tuesday

Please see below a powerful message from Dana Hackett on why Rights & Democracy Institute is asking for your tax-deductible contribution this Giving Tuesday: Friends, Over the past year I have worked closely with Rights & Democracy to shift the landscape in our communities towards greater justice and equity. Some of the work that affects … Read more

RAD & RDI Stand in Solidarity with NH Advisory Council Resignation

Rights & Democracy strongly condemns Governor Sununu’s latest attack on ten of his own Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion members who recently resigned over his support for banning conversations on structural and systemic racism and other forms of oppression. According to his executive order, the Governor created the Advisory Council to “combat discrimination and … Read more

It’s Time to Take Things to the Next Level

Six years ago, I brought together some of the best organizers and leaders I knew to found Rights & Democracy (RAD). Working across Vermont and New Hampshire, RAD was a new kind of people’s movement organization focused on changing what is politically possible by using all the tools in the changing-making tool box.  I have … Read more

Human Rights Awards Celebration – 2019

This year, the Rights & Democracy Institute will host annual Human Rights Awards in New Hampshire and Vermont to honor local leaders and groups in those states. The Institute will honor local and national leaders and organizations while celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Institute will … Read more

New Social Contract: Putting People & the Planet First

What would our values look like in practice if our whole society was built around them? That’s the question that the New Social Contract Tour aims to answer by connecting bold community and social-movement solutions that can help to redefine the promise of a more equitable and liberated future for all. Communities and grassroots movements … Read more


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