Tackling Inequality in Washington County - Upcoming Events

Economic inequality has reached dramatic levels not seen since the Great Depression — yet with climate change, we face potentially insurmountable environmental challenges in the decades ahead too. Many of us deal with these systemic problems every day — either directly or indirectly — and our struggles are often pitted against each other. An old adage says that in times like these, we must not mourn, but get organized. Join us for these upcoming events — come talk to your neighbors about the impacts of wealth inequality on families and communities.

VWC responds to KKK incident in Burlington

Last Thursday evening, two young women of color in Burlington were targeted by a person or people affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, who delivered fliers to their doors. These fliers are only the latest incident in an ongoing escalation of racist acts aimed at people of color in our community, and part of a national rise in state and vigilante violence towards communities of color.

Exercise your Rights with the VWC!

Run or walk a 5K Halloween Race to “Exercise Your Rights” with the new Co-Directors of the Vermont Workers’ Center on Saturday, October 31st at 9AM in downtown Montpelier. Kate Kanelstein, Matt McGrath, and Megan Sheehan have signed up to run together to raise money for the Vermont Workers' Center — and have tons of fun along the way… expect some wild costumes!

"Reclaiming Labor Day" speech by VWC President Ellen Schwartz

Yesterday, VWC President Ellen Schwartz gave this speech at the 2015 Burlington Labor Day celebration:

Photo of EllenTwelve years before President Grover Cleveland established the Labor Day holiday, Matthew Maguire -- a machinists’ union leader and socialist from Paterson NJ and one of the organizers of the Central Labor Union of NY -- proposed a “Mammoth Festival, Parade, and Pic-Nic.”

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