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Vermont Progressive Party State Committee meeting
August 10 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Please join us for the next Vermont Progressive Party State Committee meeting! This time, we will be meeting on Saturday, August 10th, from 12:30 to 4:00 PM, at the Bethel Town Hall (RSVP here).
The first half of the legislative biennium saw many progressive achievements, from marijuana decriminalization to driver’s licenses for undocumented workers. A bill sponsored by Representative Chris Pearson, which will require out-of-state companies to provide their married same-sex employees in Vermont the same benefits they provide to heterosexual couples, passed overwhelmingly. Meanwhile, our friends in Labor also had many successes, including a “Fair Share” bill and a bill that will finally allow Vermont’s thousands of homecare workers to organize.
But despite these and many other wins, our Progressive legislators and their allies found themselves stymied time and again in their efforts to push for many other real reforms. Whether it was substantive campaign finance reform, reexamining how the State invests our tax dollars, or asking the wealthiest Vermonters to pay their fair share, too often the corporate interests still hold sway in Montpelier.
And things aren’t going to change until we elect more Progressives! That’s why on August 10th we will begin the discussion about our party’s strategy for the 2014 elections, guided by a panel of Progressive activists. For some perspective on this discussion, we will hear from Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute and our own Senator Anthony Pollina about what the budget cuts of the past several years mean for real Vermonters. We’ll also talk about our party’s response to the murder of Trayvon Martin, what our follow up to last meeting’s health care discussion should be, the status of our reorganization efforts, and we’ll hear an update from some of our Labor allies.