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Vermont Democratic Party
2021 Curtis Hoff Awards: Harrison, Raskin, Leahy, Welch, Condos, Donovan, Gray, Balint, 2021 Winners
Vermont Democrats joined together on October 9th, 2021 for the 22nd Annual Curtis-Hoff Leadership Awards Ceremony to honor heroes in our state who are doing powerful work to improve the everyday lives of Vermonters with an amazing lineup of speakers. Featuring DNC Chair Jaime Harrison, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin, Senator Patrick Leahy, Secretary of State Jim Condos, Attorney General TJ Donovan, and our 2021 Awards Ceremony to celebrate Representative Kevin "Coach" Christie, Mary Sullivan, and Dotty Kyle, hosted by Senate Pro Tem Becca Balint, with welcome and introductions by VDP Chair Bruce Olsson and Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray. Includes a tribute to our departed Democrats and special remarks from the families of David Curtis and Governor Philip Hoff.
2021 Curtis-Hoff Unity Reception: Wendy Davis, Speaker Jill Krowinski, Claire Cummings
In 2020 state legislatures enacted 90 abortion restrictions, the highest number in history since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Here in Vermont, we have a chance to flip the story. If we pass Prop 5, The Reproductive Liberty Amendment, in 2022, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to protect reproductive freedom in its Constitution, setting the blueprint for other states. At the 2021 Unity Reception Vermont Democrats were joined by former Texas senator and reproductive rights champion Wendy Davis, in discussion with Vermont Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski, on the urgency of this moment for reproductive rights and what we can do to protect reproductive liberty for generations to come. Introduction by Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Claire Cummings.
The Impact of Vermont's LGBTQIA+ Legislative Progress with Senate Pro Tem Becca Balint
Senate Pro Tem Becca Balint speaks on her path to becoming Vermont's first openly gay Pro Tem, the impact of Vermont House and Senate Democrats' history-making legislative work for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation, and how we can continue this work in our own communities.
What’s Next for Criminal Justice Reform in VT: A Panel Discussion Hosted By Addison County Democrats
What's Next for Criminal Justice Reform in Vermont Hosted by the Addison County Democratic Committee Panelists: State Senator Kesha Ram State Representative Selene Colburn Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George VT Legal Aid Attorney Mairead O'Reilly Skyler Nash, Public Policy & Research Analyst @ City of Burlington Office of Racial Equity, Inclusiveness, and Belonging Moderator: Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman This virtual event was originally held via Zoom on Monday, April 12 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. 50% of ticket proceeds were donated to Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform (a VT-based 501c3 org) to support their important work.
Communications Training - Action Alerts and Activism
With pressing issues facing our state, Vermonters need to know what is happening so we can act. To meet this moment, the Vermont Democratic Party is implementing Action Alerts, a system to inform citizens when it's time to act. Join VDP Comms Director Asha Carroll to learn about the new system the party is implementing to keep Vermonters aware of what's happening in the legislature and governor's office.
251 in '21: Empowering Vermont's Town Democratic Committees
Democracy is under attack. A pandemic is raging. The climate crisis is worsening. What can we do? Town committees are the roots of democracy, allowing Vermonters to connect with their community, respond to local issues, hold their legislators accountable, and prepare for vital elections. As we move towards 2022, the Vermont Democratic Party is committed to supporting and empowering towns across the state. We're calling this initiative "251 in '21" for the two hundred and fifty one towns and cities across our state. Each and every town, no matter how big or small, has a role to play as we work to push VT forward. In this "251 in '21" kick-off event, town committee chairs and local leaders from across Vermont take part in a conversation led by Kevin Burgess, VDP Director of Party Affairs & Outreach. This event originally took place on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021.
Keeping Our Town Meeting Tradition Alive (During a Pandemic)
Town Meeting Day, Vermont's 259-year-old tradition of direct democracy, faces unprecedented challenges due to the ongoing pandemic. Recognizing these unique difficulties, the Vermont legislature passed legislation to ensure that this historic institution could continue. Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, chair of the VT House Gov. Operations Committee, and Addison Co. High Bailiff Dave Silberman lead a conversation with Lincoln Selectboard member Paul Forlenza and Larry Coffin, fmr. Bradford Town Moderator and local historian. This event originally took place on Friday, January 29th, 2021.
Vision for a Green & Sustainable Future in Vermont
Please join our fellow Vermont Democrats for "Our Vision For A Green & Sustainable Future," a virtual conversation about our commitment to addressing the climate crisis and building a sustainable and vibrant future, including a review of the work of the Climate Solutions Caucus and an update on the newly passed VDP environmental platform. This conversation was hosted by Rep. Mary Sullivan, who will be joined by Vermont Democratic Party Chair Bruce Olsson, Rep. Mike McCarthy and Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, our Democratic Nominee for Governor, who will share his vision for building a green jobs economy. Learn more about the Facebook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/330438041375706/ Learn more about the Vermont Democratic Party at https://vtdemocrats.org