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Op-ed: Start putting people first, right here

[This article was originally published in Bennington Banner, VT Digger, Rutland Herald along with other VT media outlets. ]

Start putting people first, right here

In 1967 in his Christmas sermon, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I still have a dream that one day the idle industries of Appalachia will be revitalized, and the empty stomachs of Mississippi will be filled, and brotherhood will be more than a few words at the end of a prayer, but rather the first order of business on every legislative agenda."

VWC at the Fair Development Conference in Baltimore

Last month, 6 Leaders from the Vermont Workers' Center attended the Fair Development Conference in Baltimore hosted by the United Workers (www.unitedworkers.org). The VWC presented on a panel with folks from the Media Mobilizing Project in Phildelphia (mediamobilizing.org), the Poverty Initiative (www.povertyinitiative.org) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Organizing Center (www.nepaorganizingcenter.org).

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 http://www.ienearth.org/).

Article on our lessons published

In the November issue of In These Times we have a feature article on lessons from our universal healthcare struggle. The original draft was written for our Summer Leadership Retreat this summer but we also wanted to share this with our peers around the country. It has been a true honor to work with so many amazing and committed people. There were countless lessons learned in the past three years, these are five we wanted to lift up as valuable for our road ahead building a movement with our counterparts everywhere. They were earned by the tireless work of hundreds of people.

What Do We Mean by Political Education?

Our friends at Media Mobilizing Project have great insight about how to talk about Political and Popular education. Here's a snapshot of what they have to say about political education:

"By 'political education' we mean the collective process of study, research and analysis that we need to engage in together in order to do this work.

After the floods, things are really gonna get messy (From Heather Pipino)

This is not a feel good story.

I must say that it has been truly inspiring to see the out-pouring of community support and Vermonters "get er done" attitude over the past 10 days. Some people have really put in Herculean effort (and are starting to get sick from the mold/toxins as a result). Many have sweat and strained for complete strangers or spent hours and days helping friends in need.

Irene took a toll on many in our communities, the effects of which we are going to be seeing for many months to come. I fear that some families will never fully recover.

Campaign Comments on Proposed Waiver for “State Innovation” (ACA Section 1332) Rules

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS–9987–P

Comments Re:
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
31 CFR Part 33
RIN 1505–AC30
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
45 CFR Part 155
[CMS–9987–P]
RIN 0938–AQ75
Application, Review, and Reporting Process for Waivers for State Innovation

13 May 2011

Dear Madam/Sir:

Why May 1?

"May Day is International Workers Day, a time of celebration and opposition throughout the world, except in the United States where it began. May Day commemorates the May 1st, 1886 nationwide protest for the eight hour day and the following "Haymarket Affair," a pivotal event in the history of workers' and anarchist movements in which four labor organizers were hanged by the state in Chicago. May Day is also the ancient celebration of Spring and rebirth-the traditional time for planting new seeds in old ground. Celebrate Peoples' History"

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