What I am appreciating during this difficult time is the unionâ€™s willingness to stand for the workers, and to insist that they are paid well. This is a difficult thing in a small community. Yet, it is incredibly important. We must set our expectations high, and begin from a place of abundance. We can afford to pay these workers well. Itâ€™s that simple. And if, for some reason we think we canâ€™t, then we should look at where our priorities are, and have a conversation about that.
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What does a feminist look like? I have identified as a feminist for pretty much all of my adult life. It is the one ist I will claim.
This past weekend, the fifth annual Environmental Action Conference was held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The conference offered more than 20 skill-building and issue-oriented workshops to over 250 participants. It featured a video address by governor-elect Peter Shumlin and a keynote by Professor Patrick Parenteau, who among other things is a former Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Vermont.