Huddle 2

NEA (Teachers’ Union): Fran

Website: www.vtnea.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vermontnea/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • NEA represents public school teachers and paraeducators, both in Vermont and across the national.
  • They work to ensure that teachers are treated with dignity and respect
  • Public education is under attack and the system of funding education is something to improve
  • They see public education as the great equalizer  – public school educators are working to provide fair and equitable education so all students have the skills needed to be competitive
  • NEA supports mental health, STEM, the Arts, and many of the other organizations that were present – kids need their basic needs met to learn.
  • NEA is involved in watching DeVos closely  

What They Need:

  • For community members to support public education, mental health, STEM, the Arts, and track legislation that helps to provide basic needs to all our kids

 

Champlain Valley of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO): Travis

Website: www.cvoeo.org  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cvoeo/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • “CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence. We bridge gaps and build futures. That is, we provide individuals and families with the basic needs of food, fuel and housing support in times of crisis, and we help them acquire the necessary education, financial skills and assets to build a stable future in which they thrive. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1965 to carry out the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in Vermont’s Northwest Counties of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle. It is one of five Community Action Agencies in Vermont. CVOEO provides vital services to over eleven thousand households (over 25,000 individuals) every year. Our three Coordinated Statewide Housing Services (the Fair Housing Project, the Mobile Home Program, and Vermont Tenants) serve residents statewide. The agency employs a dedicated staff of approximately 145 employees and engages more than 1,100 volunteers annually, working out of approximately 18 locations in addition to Head Start classrooms throughout the Champlain Valley region.” (taken from cvoeo.org)

What They Need (3 Categories):  

  1. People with money – they need broad base of funding to provided needed items to families in Vermont, especially Now
  2. People with Influence, whether that be people with influence social media, in civic issues, in faith communities, or even ones that are willing to have house parties for CVOEO. For example, they need people who are willing to speak at town meetings and show their support and people to show up to events for them.
  3. People with Time to Volunteer – there are a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers at CVOEO (doing taxes, office filing, working to schedule Clients and coordinate). Whether you have a few hours or a few days per month, there are options for you! For example, there are still several nights at the warming shelter that don’t have volunteers to provide dinner to 35 people, so you could get people together and throw a meal.

 

Champlain Housing Trust: Michael

Website: http://www.getahome.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHTrust/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Non-profit organization that works to provide affordable housing
  • They deliver a wide-variety of housing – motels for the homeless, apartments, homes, etc – and work with people who are homeless, low-income and also people with low-moderate income.
  • They also work with CVOEO to increase education and other needed supports to create more positive futures for the people they serve
  • They want to be a great ally to Planned Parenthood – they are located right around the corner and want to support them (they can be there in an instant 🙂 )

What They Need:

  • There are a number of bills in the Vermont senate and house that need to be supported ($2 dollar fee on hotels to put money back into affordable housing). People can support them their supporting bills that promote affordable housing in Vermont
  • They need people to advocate for mental health support and awareness
  • They need people to donate and to help them raise money through fundraising
  • They need to people to attend their events, such as membership picnics and other membership meetings to get more involved in their cause

 

Black Lives Matter-Vermont: Emma

Website: http://blacklivesmattervermont.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatterVermont/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Black Lives Matter Vermont is an arm of the national movement
  • The demographics in Vermont are very different than in many places Black Lives Matter has really taken hold, which means the work here looks different.
  • The people doing the work for this causes are not just people of color, and all people should feel welcome to get involved. Black Lives Matter needs white involvement to be effective in Vermont
  • They are doing a lot of work locally to increase racial justice, and are very involved in the Burlington schools looking at high rate of suspensions and expulsions of students of color.
  • They have a coffee shop in Winooski that is owned and run by folks of color. It is one of the few safe spaces for people of color to live, work, and connect in our state

What They Need:

  • People to become members and get involved, and folks to volunteer – even if it is just 4 hours per month your time helps to free up the leaders to do community outreach
  • They also need people to support current legislation around racial justice, like the current bill that calls for more oversight on racial justice over all branches/levels of the government

 

Emerge Vermont: Brittany

Website: http://www.emergevt.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmergeVermont/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Brittany is a graduate of the Emerge Vermont Program
  • It is a 6 month training program for women thinking of running or office who identify as democrats (or more liberal),
  • Many aspects of running for office are discussed (fundraising and asking for money, canvassing, etc).
  • Women share their stories and can start to think of themselves as political and people who are capable of running for office because they start to realize they have a valuable and meaningful story to tell.
  • National wide, women hold just 25% of the elected positions.
  • U.S is 104th for gender parity in political positions and Vermont if 35th in the country.
  • Currently, only one mayor is a women (Emerge Vermont Graduate) and only one statewide official is a women (Pierce)

What they need:

  • Women to ask questions, get involved, and run for office!
  • Scholarships are available!

 

Vermont Workers’ Center: Jonathan

Website: https://www.workerscenter.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vermontworkerscenter/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Grassroots membership
  • Organization of work and low-income Vermonters
  • They’ve been fighting for low-wage wagers since 1998
  • Working for economic justice, which looks like everyone having dignified work, health care, transportation, housing, education and a healthy environment – these are human rights!
  • Achieving economic justice in Vermont does require changes on the national scale, but they believe we can achieve this in Vermont and that Vermont is a leader in the country
  • Launching universal healthcare in Vermont (state house and state senate bill fighting for universal primary care right now!)
  • Organizing is possible and important and they work to unite working folks across race, gender, region etc.
  • There are HUGE barriers for lots of folks to get the human rights they deserve
  • Currently work to support healthcare employees at UVM Medical Center in organizing a union because the board won’t recognize there (safe staffing)
  • Social change does not happen through electoral process. People who are elected are function of people who are organized, so it is very important to organize across demographics

What They Need:

  • Community members to put pressure on the UVM Medical Center board to recognize unions
  • They believe social change does not happen through the electoral process, so they need people to organize across demographics to help dismantle sexism, racism, capitalism, etc.
  • People to get involved, become members, show up, organize and create change

 

ACLU – People Power: Andrew

Website: https://www.aclu.org/affiliate/vermont

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACLU.Vermont/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • They defend and preserve people’s rights,
  • You don’t need to be a legal expert to get involved!
  • Note that you won’t agree with every one of their actions, but they are committed to preserving your rights
  • Right now, people power is focused on freedom cities will sit well with you personally, people power if focused on freedom cities and designed to prevent surveillance and deportation of immigrants, Trump’s laws often put law enforcement in tough, situations

What they need:

  • Volunteers to help discuss and promote freedom cities
  • People to come to meetings and get involved. The next meeting is at Laughing River Yoga on April 9th at 1:30 pm.  

 

Planned Parenthood: Paige – Huddle 2 was her 2nd day on the job!

Websites: https://www.istandwithpp.org/ Check this website out to join the national Planned Parenthood campaign and get mobile alerts about national actions to take.

http://www.ppvtaf.org: This will take you directly to the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund website to updates about advocacy work on the state front.

http://www.ppnne.org: This is our main page for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, where you can learn more about our services, health centers, job and volunteer opportunities.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ppnne/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Planned Parenthood Northern England provides, promotes and protects access to essential health services and believes that all people have a right to make voluntary choices about their reproductive and sexual health.
  • PPNNE has 21 health centers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and served around 42,000 last year.
  • PPNNE has 12 health centers in Vermont, which served over 18,000 patients in 2016.
  • PPNNE provides a variety of services, including birth control, cancer screenings, STI screenings and treatment, wellness exams, abortion care and transgender hormone therapy, and many other needed health care services
  • It was a small victory was the AHCA was shut down, which specifically targeted Planned Parenthood and would have it barred from staying a recipient of Medicaid funding.  Despite this victory, the attacks on Planned Parenthood’s funding continues.  Speaker Ryan has pledged to use the budget reconciliation process only requires 51 votes to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • These political attacks hurt people in communities who are struggling to get by the most – especially those with low incomes and those living in areas with no other quality health care provider.  This disproportionately impacts people who already face structural barriers to accessing caring including people of color, immigrants, young people and members of the LGBTQ community; those whose identities overlap facing multiple barriers.
  • There is currently a shortage of healthcare professionals, which makes PP even more essential to guarantee access to quality healthcare

What They Need (5 Major Things): Despite supportive state representatives and a recent history of state public policy serving to protect and even advance sexual and reproductive health care access, Vermonters can no longer be complacent and stand idle while national/political attacks threaten to attack the human right to make voluntary choices about all matters regarding their health and wellbeing. In addition, we must become ‘woke’ to the fact that reproductive health care access is an intersecting social justice issue that impacts/is impacted by many of major social justice issues affecting Vermonters across the state.

  1. Stay up on date on the news impacting health care and Planned Parenthood.
  2. Share your Story! If you are a PP patient, please share your story loud and proud.  Share it with Planned Parenthood, with people in your network, post it on social media, write a letter to editor.  You story emphasizes how essential Planned Parenthood’s services are on the individual level.
  3. Become a patient!
  4. Show up to upcoming rallies and events to show your public support (if you’re interested in joining our Rapid Responder list as well as help us organize community events and outreach opportunities, please click here.)
  5. Make a donation to either Planned Parenthood of Northern New England orPlanned Parenthood VT Action Fund.

 

March for Science – Vermont: Gretchen

Website: https://marchforsciencevt.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/marchforsciencevt/

Description of Organization and Their Work:

  • Many actions have been taken against intellectual, evidence-based policies and legislation
  • They want funding and support for science education and organizations, research, and STEM
  • The march aims to voice the support for science and STEM and scientists and their supports to come out into the public eye and into the streets
  • Much of scientific work is not in the public eye, so they want to “get out of the lab and into the streets”!
  • They aim to bring community together to say this is what we care about and if you attack science you are attacking us all
  • Gretchen is the organizer of the Burlington March, but there are several marches happening in Vermont
  • The March for Science will take place on April 22 – Earth Day.

What They Need:

  • People to show up for the March: The Burlington march will be at 4:30 and will start on the UVM green and will end at the Waterfront Park for a Rally
  • Buttons are available – suggested 1 dollar donation
  • We need volunteers for both Burlington and Montpelier. Montpelier now has a lead organizer, which is very good; they don’t plan to do a march, just a rally. Burlington really needs more volunteers to help with rally logistics like speakers and sponsors, booking musical acts, and reserving porta potties, etc. All hands on deck for both Burlington and Montpelier.
  • Buy a button or shirt. Contact march4sciencevt@gmail.com or ask for a shirt at the Peace and Justice Center (delivery date ~April 12/13.)
  • Share our facebook events: