By Karl Labounty
As President of AFSCME Local 1343 and as Vice President of the Vermont AFL-CIO, I take the rights of working people seriously. Like most Vermonters, I believe our democracy is best served when workers have more (not less) opportunities to vote on the issues which directly impact their lives. I myself labor for the Burlington School District as part of their maintenance staff. My fellow union members serve as custodians, bus drivers, food service workers, as IT specialists, and in number of other critical positions. In short, we are the backbone of public services. As a union member I take pride in the fact we democratically elect the bargaining teams that negotiate our contracts, and no contract is final until it is voted on by our members and approved by elected representatives of our communities. This, in part, is what it means to have workplace democracy, and this is a right that many generations of Vermonters have benefited from.
CIA fed criminal mainstream media constantly keeps the focus on government officials to the detriment of public understanding that it is the ruling unhinged investors in WMD and war, who war promoting government officials like Bolton represent. Before both WW I and WW II too many people watched the continual build up of more and more WMD in fascination instead of fear and action. Are we just watching again now?
King Held All Americans Including Himself Responsible for US Atrocity Wars NOT His Government by jay janson
Click on the link and read and/or listen to King’s sermon that made headlines in bold print on newspapers around the world fifty years ago, and notice it is NOT addressed to the government but to all Americans. (King’s nightmarish sermon came 4 years after “I Have a Dream” at the March on Washington) King spoke to the people to the government which he dismissed as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.
I urge support for Article 13, Skatepark funding. The emotional arguments against a skatepark are reminiscent of arguments against dance halls in the 30’s, pool tables in the 40’s and bowling alleys in the 50’s. Kids are going to hang out somewhere. In my neighborhood, it was a 6′ plywood pool table in our basement; mom and dad upstairs; not exactly supervised, but ever-present. A skatepark is a relatively contained area more easily supervised than a dead-end dirt road in the woods.
I had an email tonight from the person that started the FBIbook site for Brattleboro’s representative town meeting. It was closed by this person because of fear that use of it violated state open meeting laws. Now go to every other town in Vermont, none of which have a representative town meeting. Every citizen in the town is entitled to attend the town meeting and vote. Is someone claiming that citizens of the town cannot discuss their upcoming town meeting over the internet? Can they discuss them at a coffee shop?
How many people are in prison for identity theft? Why not Facebook?
Just because the owners of Facebook are rich beyond belief, a profit they made selling our personal data, are they above the law? Why haven’t their computer servers been confiscated and seized?
Town meeting is this coming Saturday, the 24th. The big issue that has come out so far, not surprisingly, is the request for a new ladder truck for the fire department. Generally speaking, from what I saw a the informational meeting the issue is less about it than whether this happen this year or next and how should it be paid for. Of those two the issue taking up the most time was how to pay for it. I concede that I brought that up.
How About A Brand New High School Play on Gun Rights?
Alternate method to teach gun rights to children by doing a high school play! (Just a suggestion!)
(1) The scene where the Native American Indians are defeated by the European settlers with guns
and the Native American Indians are forced onto reservations, losing their homelands;
(2) the scene where the European settlers invade Africa and chain the Black African people and stack their
live bodies in the bottoms of sailing ships and take them to the new America to work as slaves;
Poverty is not a 3rd world phenomenon.
A friend who lives in Bennington writes poignantly about it:
“In Bennington there are three very distinct classes.
First, there are the ‘fancy people’. They are the ones who rule and control everything. They are on the boards — the hospital board, the library board, the select board, the school boards. They attend the formal fundraisers for the hospital and other institutions. They have the power — even the power over life and death. They, occasionally during a medical crisis in the hospital, make the decision to pull the plug or allow life to go on.
Peoples History Briefings
The British invented modern policing in the early 19th century, establishing the ‘Peelian Principles’ of policing by consent. (After Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel)
“US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark
World Sees Florida’s 17 as a Tiny Backfire! Invading Armed Americans Kill Millions of Kids by jay janson
“Laws never made men a wit more just.” –Henry David Thoreau
Insurance Liability Question –
Who Paid for the Privately Chartered Amtrak Train
that killed one person
in the truck the train hit?