We believe that solidarity is the keystone to winning tranformative change for our communities and the planet. Since our founding in 1998, the VWC has supported worker-led efforts to win rights and recognition in the workplace, student organizing for debt-free education, and participated in coalition efforts to stop school closures, health clinic privatizations, and the war economy.
In 2012 we co-hosted the first People’s Convention for Human Rights, which brought together hundreds of people to discuss the root causes of the injustices we face and resulted in the ratification of a Vermont Declaration of Human Rights (attached below) - drafted with the input of over 400 hundred individuals and 30 organizations that took part in community consultations across Vermont. Click here for a video of the 2012 People’s Convention.
Following the People’s Convention, the VWC joined with labor and community allies to form the Vermont Human Rights Council, which consists of Migrant Justice, 350 Vermont, Rising Tide Vermont, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, United Electrical Workers (Local 203), Vermont Interfaith Action. Since then, we’ve marched in solidarity with striking Burlington bus drivers and at the NYC People’s Climate March, fought alongside people with disabilities for a state budget that puts people first, and stood with dairy farmworkers organizing for dignity in Vermont's dairy supply chain.
We've also been deeply inspired by the growing national movement for racial justice, participating in local demonstrations and at the the statewide Black Lives Matter day of action in February 2016. Click here to read our statement of solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
On May Day weekend in 2016, the VWC joined our Human Rights Council allies alongside Grassroots Global Justice Alliance to host a second People’s Convention & Just Transition Assembly, outlining a vision and strategy to win an economy rooted in human rights and ecological justice. Click here for a video of the 2016 People’s Convention!