People's Candidate Forums kick off in Montpelier!

Last night, organizers kicked off the first People's Forum on Human Rights and the Economy with a great showing at Montpelier High School!  Members of the Vermont Workers' Center joined allies with Vermont Center for Independent Living, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, and 350Vermont to ask candidates where they stood on critical issues in our communities and our larger vision for people and the planet.

Media Advisory: Vermont Workers’ Center and allies to host People’s Candidate Forums

Vermont Workers’ Center and allies to host series of People’s candidate forum

From October 7th to October 16th, the Vermont Workers’ Center and partners [1] in the labor, environmental, and disability rights movements will host a series of People’s Forums on Human Rights and the Economy in ten locations across the state. 

Dates and locations below[2]

Montpelier: Montpelier High School Cafeteria - October 7 @ 6:30

Burlington: Integrated Arts Academy - October 9 @ 6pm

Update: Justice for Laura, State House Cafeteria Worker Who Faced Retaliation

Laura TyrellThanks to all who supported Laura Tyrell in her struggle for justice! You may recall that Laura is a worker at the Vermont State House cafeteria. Laura was harassed, threatened and ultimately terminated after she exercised her right to freedom of speech and her civic duty giving testimony in support of the bill giving every worker paid sick days.

National Press: "In Spite of Corporate Lobbyists, Vermont Residents Organize to Raise the Wage" in Truthout

In Spite of Corporate Lobbyists, Vermont Residents Organize to Raise the Wage
Thursday, May 1, 2014
By Jonathan Leavitt for Truthout

Original article here

While legislators in the Vermont State House seem to more often be swayed by Koch-funded lobbyists than the concerns of their constituents, The Vermont Workers' Center and other activist groups are organizing to win livable wages in the state.

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