Month: April 2017

Melt the Ice – MAY DAY Solidarity Party

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MELT THE ICE! and help get ready for MAY DAY

Come and get ready for May Day with us!! We are holding a day of training, banner painting and fundraising for Migrant Justice and their call to action for May 1st. Come learn more about the issues, make some protest art and dance the night away! Come at any time throughout the day and stay for however long. Everyone is welcome!  Come to the OLD LABOR HALL in Barre VT – just beyond the reStore Resource Center, on Granite street in downtown Barre.

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The Melt the ICE Migrant Justice Solidarity Party!




Health Care for All

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‘Health Care for All’ Town Hall: Health Care is a Human Right
Join Vermonters from around the state to share your health care story and ask questions of legislative officials and experts about how Vermont can enact a truly universal health care system. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman will be a featured guest and will speak about the importance of grassroots advocacy to affect change on major policy issues.  Join in the continuing fight to stand up for health care and ensure that Vermont provides health care for all. Montpelier High School on Thu., Apr. 20 at 5:30 PM. Event co-hosts include: Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Health Care for All, Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO, Vermont Center for Independent Living, Voices for Vermont Children, and Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund. For more info, contact James Haslam HERE:

People’s Climate March

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People’s Climate March
On Sat. Apr. 29, and the many national organizations that organized the NYC Climate March in 2014 have called for a People’s Climate March on Washington DC (info on partner March in Montpelier below), 350 Vermont has lined up buses for DC from around Vermont including the Upper Valley. If you wish to reserve a seat, click HERE. For more info on April 29, click HERE.
Vermont People’s Climate March in Montpelier will be held in solidarity with the big March in Washington D.C. Locally coordinated by the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, VNRC, VPIRG, VT Rights and Democracy, 350 VT, Interfaith Power and Light, it takes place at the Vermont State House, Montpelier on Sat., Apr. 29 at 1 PM. You’re urged to register HERE or if you want to volunteer, donate, or endorse the march (business or organization), contact Robb Kidd HERE.


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Weatherize Drop-In Days
Now’s your chance t get do-it-yourself advice from local Weatherize partner contractors, get answers to your questions about home energy efficiency costs, benefits, and rebates/financing options, and sign up for a free home visit through Weatherize Upper Valley. Sat.Apr. 15, 9 AM-Noon at Bisbee’s Hardware in Randolph. Also the following Sat., Apr. 22, 9 AM-Noon at Central Supplies in Randolph. For more info, contact Gary Dir at 802-728-9840

Food for Change

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Film: Food for Change
“Food For Change” is an 82-minute documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how cooperatives today strengthen local economies and build food security. The goal is to educate a wide audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy. Sponsored by South Royalton Market and BALE (Building A Local Economy). Free (donations welcome); light snacks to enjoy the film and short discussion that follows. The Commons @ BALE, South Royalton on Wed., Apr. 26 at 7:15 PM.

Slow Democracy

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Doing Democracy Right
Come hear stories from communities across the U.S. and beyond that are recognizing a third way to “do democracy”—creatively, inclusively, and with authentic engagement. Susan Clark, co-author of the acclaimed book, Slow Democracy,hosts the fourth program in the series, Localize the Economy: Build Resilient Communities, organized by BALE (Building A Local Economy) at the Bethany Church in Randolph this Wed., Apr. 19 starting at 6:30 PM. Slow democracy offers a hopeful, participatory alternative to over-processed partisanship, polarization, and spin. With a future increasingly focused on local food, local energy, and local economies, we’re going to need to improve our skills at local decision-making. The evening program starts with delicious light food from the Black Krim Tavern and is free and open to all (donations welcome). The series is co-sponsored by Local Futures, Sustainable Woodstock, Rural Vermont, Feast & Field Market, Alliance for Vermont Communities and Vermonters for a New Economy. Funded in part by Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Larsen Family Fund, New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Catamount Solar Community Grants. For more information, contact Chris Wood HERE.

Public Banks & Public Money: Change the Story

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Gwen Hallsmith Speaks at Part of “Localize the Economy” Series in Randolph

Gwendolyn Hallsmith, author of Creating Wealth, Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense, Local Action for Sustainable Economic Renewal, Community Currency, and The Key to Sustainable Cities speaks on Public Banks and Public Money on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 PM at Bethany Church (32 Main St.), Randolph, Vermont. Part of the “Localize the Economy: Build Resilient Communities” series organized by BALE (Building A Local
gwenhallsmithEconomy), the programs are free (donations welcome) and include a social half-hour with great food from Randolph’s Black Krim Tavern. Hallsmith asks a critical question at the dawn of the Anthropocene: Is the money system we are using capable of solving the world’s pressing problems, or do we need new forms of money to address poverty, climate change, water pollution, and social, economic, and racial justice? How is our current system failing humanity and nature, and if we look at it through the eyes of faith, what do our wisdom traditions tell us about what needs to change? History shows us that other forms of money have been used to improve infrastructure, provide basic income, and achieve other public goals. Vermont is in a good position to take steps toward a new paradigm for the economy – come and learn what you can do to help.

Co-sponsored by Local Futures, Rural Vermont, Vermonters for A New Economy, Feast & Field Market, Vital Communities, Peace & Justice Committee of Bethany Church, Alliance for Vermont Communities and Sustainable Woodstock. and supported by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Susan Z. Ritz/Larsen Family Fund and Catamount Solar Community Grants.