Vermont Workers' Center Stands in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street--VIDEO!
Occupy Update November 16: Following the closure of Occupy encampments in Burlington and New York, another global call to action has been issued for November 17th. Occupy supporters in New York City plan to shut down Wall St. this Thursday while Occupy Burlington plans local solidarity actions that day to "Resist, Reclaim, and Rebuild". More information below.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Josh Pfenning, who took his own life in Burlington's occupation, last week. We will continue to fight the under-funding of mental health services, to ensure that this vital community need is met and tragedies like the death of our friend.
We are the 99% National Day of Action November 17: Join the Vermont Workers' Center's Put People First Campaign, labor and community allies, and the Occupy Wall Street movement in a day of action for democracy, economic, and social justice! Groups across the country will be holding protests and actions to highlight the nation's crumbling infrastructure and to demand good jobs now.
Join us in Burlington Thursday Nov. 17th
5:15pm Unity Rally to Save the Post Office and thousands of union jobs (Elmwood Ave) Followed by a march to the Edmunds School.
6:00pm Edmunds School Cafeteria, Teach In/Speak Out- Makin’ Trouble For the 1%: Tales of Labor Activism from the 99%
7:30pm Put People First Community Needs Forum. More dates and locations, HERE.
Join Chittenden County community members as we share our stories struggling to meet our fundamental needs: housing, healthy food, health care, jobs with dignity and a livable wage, child care, education. Community and labor will come together to build solidarity and envision a Vermont that Puts People First!
Candle Light Vigil in Brattleboro: In solidarity with Occupy Wall Street there will be a candle light vigil tomorrow.
When:Thursday 11/17 at 5:00pm
Where: Wells Fountain in Brattleboro.
Contact Kiera at 802-380-0857 for more information.
Please also "Like" the Occupy Vermont Facebook page to get updates.
The Vermont Workers’ Center and its members from every corner of this state join with you to stand in solidarity with those who have taken to the streets in New York and other cities around the country.
We stand with our brothers, with our sisters and with all people, because we all are struggling. We are homeless or losing our homes to the banks. We lack access to the healthcare that we need. We work in jobs that do not pay us enough to survive; we work in jobs that are not fulfilling or dignified, or we do not have work at all. We are drowning in student debt. We are watching the services that we depend on — our schools, our fire departments, mental health services — be cut deeper and deeper every year. We are told that there is not enough for us, while Wall Street makes record profits.
Systems of oppression keep us divided and ruled. We will confront these systems so that we will not be divided. We will not be divided by the color of our skin, by the language that our parents speak or by the gender of the person we choose to love. We will not be divided young against old or student against laborer. We will not be divided against our neighbor who is a little more or a little less poor then we are.
We see clearly that our and our neighbors’ poverty is the same — that our small differences amount to nothing compared to the obscenity of wealth accumulated by a corporate ruling class whom we must not continue to allow to make all the rules.
We will no longer fight against our neighbor over the crumbs that fall from the table upon which the corporations feast, because we recognize that it is the feast — not the crumbs — that belongs to us, and there is plenty to share, once we are all at the table.
Here in Vermont, we have learned that people joining together can overcome the politics of greed. The people of Vermont have demonstrated that healthcare is a human right, and we will demonstrate that ordinary people joining together can make a government that puts people first.
We have much to do. We must end war and the militarization of our borders. We must end the destruction of the natural environment — the environment upon which our lives depend. We must build our economy, so that useful work — not greed — becomes its foundation.
We have much to do, but we have the power of masses of people joining together with a common vision of building healthy communities, realizing democracy and winning justice. We stand here today, and we resolve that we will keep organizing so that tomorrow we will be standing with even more of our friends, neighbors and co-workers.
We are the 99%. We will no longer be divided. We will no longer be distracted. We will no longer blame ourselves for our suffering. We will not stay home, now that we understand that, by struggling together, we can achieve our vision. We will organize until we can create a society where we put people first, where our needs are met and where we, the 99%, are in charge, and not Wall Street and the wealthiest in our society.
We stand in solidarity with the brave people in New York and other cities. We stand here because we share a vision and because we understand that we have the power to make our vision become real. We stand here because we know that our futures and our children’s futures depend on us. We stand here together now because the time has come.
We are the 99%. We are too big to fail.