Anthony Pollina: Time to Organize Progressive Town Caucuses

Hello Town and County Chairs

 

As Progressives, we have the opportunity (and the obligation) to reorganize ourselves at the grassroots level every two years.  This is a chance to tell friends and neighbors why we are Progressives and invite them to get involved.  This process rebuilds our party from the grassroots. With the current political challenges, many Vermonters are fed up with the status quo and the two “brand name” parties and are looking for a change.  We can offer them a chance to become directly involved with creating that change.

 

As a current Party Chair, you have worked for Progressive candidates and supported Progressive legislation and you know the crucial role we have played in keeping the Vermont political conversation focused on livable wages, progressive property tax reform, racial justice, paid family leave, universal health care and many other issues.

 

Our hard work has resulted in sending more Progressives to the Statehouse than ever before, including the first ever Progressive Lt. Governor. We did all this while helping to build the political revolution that started with the Presidential campaign of our own Bernie Sanders. None of that would have been possible without you.

 

Despite our efforts, Governor Phil Scott and some Democrats successfully stalled or vetoed most progressive legislation, while attacking the collective bargaining rights of teachers and support staff.  Meanwhile, on the Federal level, Donald Trump has encouraged fascists and white supremacists, and the insanity in Washington continues.

 

That is why it is so important for us to enter 2018 stronger than ever by organizing Progressive town committees across Vermont. Strong town committees allow us to maintain our major Party status, nominate candidates for local and statewide office in 2018, and provide the base of support for any successful Progressive campaign.

 

But to be successful, we need your help. Please take a moment to read below the two simple steps I am asking you to take to get this process started. Josh Wronski, our Party Director has mailed you a reorganizing packet, and will send each of you electronic versions of town reorg materials today. *I’ve set an official date of September 15th for this year’s Town Organization meetings. Town Caucuses must be held on this day or before September 30th.

 

Thank you again for your commitment to the Vermont Progressive Party. I look forward to working with you over the coming months and into the future as we engage in town organizing and continue to build the Vermont Progressive Party.

 

Sincerely,

 

Anthony Pollina, Progressive Party Chair

 

*Your first steps are relatively simple: Set a day and time for your town caucus to meet, and secure a public location for your meeting as soon as possible*. If you have any questions about this, please contact Josh at 802-229-0800, josh@progressiveparty.org.

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