Press Release: Progressive Party Statement on Potential US Military Strike in Syria

In response to the prospect of a unilateral United States military strike in Syria proposed by the Obama Administration and set to be debated in Congress this week, the Coordinating Committee of the Vermont Progressive Party calls on Vermont’s Congressional delegation to vote against such an action.  Further, the Coordinating…

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Opponents of F-35 fighter again appeal to Burlington City Council to oppose basing

September 4, 2013; John Herrick; VTDigger Progressive members of the city council will introduce a resolution to oppose the F-35 on Oct. 7. The current draft of the four-page resolution requests that the Air Force not base the jet at the airport. The resolution was circulated to council members Tuesday.…

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F-35 Battle Moving to Burlington Council as Key State Dem Joins the Opposition

September 4, 2013; Kevin Kelley; Seven Days The battle over local basing of the F-35 will soon return to a familiar arena — the Burlington city council. Last summer, councilors passed a resolution asking for more information about the planes without supporting or opposing the basing. But now F-35 opponents…

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Progressives on Burlington City Council to pursue resolution against F-35

August 13, 2013; John Herrick; VTDigger BURLINGTON — Supporters wore green ribbons and opponents raised signs Monday night as both groups filled Burlington City Hall to voice their positions on the Air Force F-35 basing project. According to an informal tally of public opinion taken at Monday night’s City Council…

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Passions Flare on a Summer’s Night as Locals Debate the F-35 — Again

August 13, 2013; Kevin J. Kelley; Seven Days Opponents, who outnumbered supporters 32-5 on Monday night, offered arguments that were alternately analytical and emotional. Their objections focused on the F-35’s impact on public health and safety, local real-estate values, environmental quality and “brown-skinned people” in other countries who would be…

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Skeptics challenge Burlington City Council to re-assess F-35’s value

August 12, 2013; Joel Banner Baird; Burlington Free Press Most, but not all of the Burlington residents who spoke during the public comments period at Monday night’s City Council meeting argued against the basing of advanced F-35 fighter planes at the Vermont Air National Guard.Detractors of the “bed-down” proposal cited…

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Protesters rally in Burlington against the basing of F-35s

July 13, 2013; Matt Ryan; Burlington Free Press Fighter jets, be they F-16s or F-35s, aren’t going to protect the United States from terrorism, state Sen David Zuckerman told people crowded outside on Saturday Burlington City Hall. “When I look at what our planes did on 9/11, they flew over…

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F-35 debate on noise grows louder as critics challenge Guard comments

July 12, 2013; Sam Hemingway; Burlington Free Press Also Friday, the state Progressive Party urged its members to join Saturday’s rally against the F-35. “The Air Force’s own studies say basing the F-35 in South Burlington could leave up to 3,000 homes and 7,000 people in a zone ‘generally not…

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Weekly Update

With a rare unanimous roll call vote of 140-0, the legislature passed the omnibus military bill on Friday. Despite working on the legislation for several months, my committee — General, Housing and Military Affairs — accepted a friendly amendment that strengthened the bill the day before it passed, while several…

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