On Saturday, November 11, the Vermont Workers Center held its annual Membership Assembly. Fifty-five members gathered at the Old Labor Hall in Barre to attend to organizational business and plan for the year ahead.
That evening, several dozen community folks, families and allies from across the state joined us for a wonderful dinner prepared by the People’s Kitchen in order to collaborate and celebrate the victories of Migrant Justice, Justice for All, Burlington Teachers, Porter Nurses, CCV Adjunct Faculty, and the members of UE Local 234 who work at Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury. Additionally, Green Mountain Self Advocates and Vermont Center for Independent Living were recognized for their ongoing inspiration on the frontlines of the fight for the human right to health care.
Members were enlivened by and appreciative for the collective solidarity, and are prepared for the work that is necessary. Below are a few quotes from participants:
"We’re not going to change the power structure in the US without growing and sustaining. It is a marathon, not a sprint."
"The past year has helped remind me how important the slow, difficult organizing is; not reacting but planning; struggle not protest."
"VWC is about lifting each other up, and sowing the seeds to go forward."
Personally, it was my first Membership Assembly. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, learn from colleagues, and share updates from the Chittenden County Organizing Committee. I certainly look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Onward.
Educational Support Professional at Burlington High School and Chittenden County Member