Minutes – February 2014 State Committee Meeting

February 8, 2014; 1:00 pm, 
North End Studios, Burlington In attendance: Approximately 60 people attended, with another several guest speakers. Welcome: Emma Mulvaney-Stanak Emma opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending. She offered up an instant poll for State Committee members to answer a survey question on paper or…

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The Vermont Progressive Party: A Model for Change

The recent government shutdown in Washington makes clear that the Republican and Democratic parties are no longer capable of running a functioning government.  Nor are they capable of representing working people, or anyone else who does not have a corporate PAC behind them.  The two “brand name” parties have proven…

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2013 Statewide Convention – Proposed Agenda

Annual Convention and State Committee Meeting November 9, 2013; 1:00 pm Capital City Grange, Berlin REGISTRATION & LUNCH (12:30 PM) CONVENTION (1:00 PM)  Welcome: Martha Abbott (10 minutes) A special video message: Prof. Bill McKibben (15 minutes) Divesting from the Fossil Fuel Industry: 350.org & Student Activists (40 minutes) CoCo…

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Progressives strategize for 2014 elections though gubernatorial bid unlikely

August 11, 2013; Alicia Freese; VTDigger Even those supportive of fielding a candidate acknowledged the party’s monetary and manpower limitations would make that role less than enticing. Marge Power, who herself made a bid for lieutenant governor in 2010, declared, “If we can get sacrificial lambs, at least, I think…

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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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May 1st Rally: Now is the time to send a loud message to PUT PEOPLE FIRST!

By James Haslam, Vermont Workers’ Center Check out www.workerscenter.org/may1 For the fifth year in a row over well over a thousand people from all over Vermont will participate in a huge May 1st Statehouse Rally. In 2009, we came to change what was politically possible in healthcare reform. In 2013,…

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Resolution of Labor Support

WHEREAS; The Vermont Progressive Party appreciates the critical role that organized labor has played in advancing higher living standards, better working conditions and greater workplace democracy for all workers; and, WHEREAS; The Vermont Progressive Party recognizes that the decline of organized labor in the United States has significantly contributed to…

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Resolution of Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

Resolved That: The Vermont Progressive Party declares itself to be in solidarity with the State, National and International Occupy Wall Street Movement and its opposition to the continuing accumulation of wealth and power in the hands of the already wealthy and powerful, and the Movement’s support of democratic methods and…

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About 800 Vermonters “occupy” streets of Burlington and Montpelier for Wall Street protests

October 16, 2011, vt Digger,Greg Guma More than 500 people rallied and marched for almost two hours in Burlington, ultimately taking the demonstration’s jobs and justice message onto the University of Vermont campus. In Montpelier, approximately 300 turned out to shout that message from the steps of City Hall and…

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