Summer is here, and our movement for people and the planet is heating up.
Yesterday, Washington County organizing committee members and Hunger Mountain Coop member-owners in Montpelier joined a community delegation to support the Hunger Mountain Coop workers with UE Local 255, who are in the midst of negotiating a contract. UE Local 203 at City Market is also bargaining and looking for community support -- If you're in Burlington, swing by the Workers' Center office to sign the "Livable Wages for Coop Workers" petition and grab a solidarity button!
On Wednesday, AFSCME Local 1674 at the HowardCenter was out for a picket as they too negotiate a contract, calling on HowardCenter to abide by a recent Burlington City Council resolution calling for Howard Center management to support a livable wage for their staff. Last Saturday, Windham County OC members were in the streets of Brattleboro along with dairy farmworkers and Black Lives Matter organizers for a human rights delegation in the Strolling of the Heifers parade, pointing out that a healthy, local food system must be one that is grounded in workers' rights and racial justice.
And that's just the start. From June 18-23rd, we'll be kicking it up a notch to support nurses and health professionals, dairy farmworkers, and in defense of a livable planet. Here's a quick rundown:
Thursday, June 18th: Stand with Nurses for a Fair Contract at UVM Medical Center! Community delegation at Board of Trustees meeting. 1:50pm @ UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Meet at Mary Fletcher Meeting Room, 3rd Floor ACC East (the new entrance on the South side of the hospital), and RSVP on Facebook here. Sign and share the solidarity petition here.
Thursday, June 18th: "Who Bombed Judy Bari?" Film and Discussion. 7pm @ VWC office, 294 N. Winooski Ave. Twenty-five years ago last month, groundbreaking labor/environmental organizer Judi Bari was bombed and subsequently framed by the FBI for her work linking timber millworkers with people defending California's redwoods. Come discuss Judi's legacy and what it means for our movements today. RSVP on Facebook here.
Friday, June 19th: Honk & Wave for Safe Staffing at UVM Medical Center- Meet at 2:30pm on Colchester Ave across from the Hospital to show community support for Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals as they negotatiate a contract - Bring signs!! 2:30 - 6:30pm
Saturday, June 20th: #MilkwithDignity National Day of Action! Migrant Justice's dairy farmworker leaders are calling on Ben & Jerry's to sign a legally binding agreement to ensure human rights standards in the ice cream company's supply chain. As people across the country hold solidarity actions, join us for a march and rally to Ben & Jerry's flagship scoop shop in downtown Burlington! Meet at VWC/Migrant Justice office (294 N. Winooski Ave) in Burlington at 11:30am on Saturday. Click here for more details and to sign the #MilkwithDignity petition, and RSVP on Facebook here!
Monday, June 22nd: Rise up and Speak out! Truth-in and Vigil to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline. After two years of keeping the heat on, the Public Service Board is considering reopening the permits for the fracked gas pipeline. Join Addison County community members as we rally outside of the hearings, and hold an all night encampment and vigil starting at 7:30 pm outside the Public Service Board in Montpelier to assert our right to livable communities and a livable planet, and demand an end to the fracked gas pipeline. RSVP on Facebook here, and learn more/register here!