Thanksgiving 2011: Giving thanks, full plates and only 16 days until Dec 10!

Giving Thanks to all who Struggle for a Better World:
As we sit down with our friends and families to share a meal together, we should honor indigenous Native communities and who continue to fight for their land and sovereignty against colonialism and corporate greed (Check out IEN's struggle against the Keystone XL Pipeline at

This year I am so thankful to have so many amazing people in my life to share, laugh, struggle and support each other in these crazy, exciting and pivotal times. Cheers to strong families, caring communities and a healthy planet.

We got a lot of our plate!

Healthcare Listening Sessions on Healthcare: Let's work to make government officials accountable to the people of Vermont throughout this campaign, and that effort has already started. There are a number of upcoming hearings at which anyone who wants to see Vermont treat healthcare as a public good should most definitely attend. See the list here:

December 10: Human Rights Day for the 99%

Membership Assembly, 10am - 1pm, University of Vermont: The Vermont Workers’ Center and Students Stand Up invite you to participate in a membership meeting to discuss the Put People First campaign.

Human Rights Conference, 1pm - 5:30pm, University of Vermont: Join hundreds of students and working Vermonters for a conference that unites us across movements. Discuss how, with the Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movements we can unite all of our struggles. Together we can fight for the right to healthcare, education, housing, food, workers' rights, women's rights, fighting racism and other systems of oppression and the right to a healthy environment and a livable planet. A dozen workshops and panel discussions with local and national leaders are available. Let us know if you would like to help sponsor the event and table (suggested donation to help cover costs, food etc is $50-500). Email Ashley at See details and register here.

Celebration Dinner w/Bernie Sanders and Screening of new film Strength of the Storm: 6-9pm, UVM. Join us to honor the leaders of the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign and the Irene flood survivors from Mobile Home Residents for Fairness & Equality and to launch new organizing efforts for the People's Budget and Vermont Parents United campaigns. Watch the premier of the Vermont Workers’ Center's first film, Strength of the Storm (60min), and discuss how Vermont can lead the way with Sen. Bernie Sanders. We hope you can join us for this special event!

Participating in Put People First: People's Budget Campaign:

Signing People's Budget Petition: Join thousands of Vermonters who have signed this petition to move towards a People's Budget.

Organizational Endorsement: Join the dozens of Vermont organizations who have officially endorsed the People's Budget petition here:

Participate in Surveying & Canvassing: The Vermont Workers’ Center has local organizing committees around the state who have been doing door-to-door canvassing and outreach at public events with a Put People First survey and by collecting stories from Vermonters as part of our Stories Project (see: People can sign up to help at .

Put People First Community Meetings: Spread the word about local Community Meetings which are being held to bring together people from our communities to discuss the challenges we are facing and how we can come together to organize for policies that put people and the planet first. We’ll share stories of how the crisis is affecting our communities.

Newport: December 1st, Emory Hebard State Office Building, Suite 250, 6pm
Bennington: December 7th St Peter's Episcopal Church 6pm
St. Johnsbury: January 26th Catamount Arts Center, 6pm
Rutland: January 25th, 6pm, Rutland Library, Fox Room

Strength of the Storm: Sponsoring film screenings:

When Tropical Storm Irene hit our state the whole idea of putting people first took on a new meaning. As we participated in recovery efforts, we realized there were many critical stories that had to be told; we had to make a film about it, to try to capture even just a piece of what we were seeing. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the trailer for the film by going to the film's website at and tell us what you think. We can really use your help getting it out as far and wide as possible and look forward to having hundreds of film screenings all over the state.

ContributeMake a financial contribution to the film or support food, childcare or language access for Community Meetings.
(send checks to VT Workers' Center, 294 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT 05401 or go to )