December 17th marks a year since our brother Mohamed Bouazizi lit himself on fire in Tunisia.
His act began the Arab Spring where ordinary people like ourselves began to stand up for democracy and justice. Nine months later on September 17th in New York City, the Occupy Movement began.
In remembrance of Mohamed Bouazizi and in celebration of three months of occupation, Occupy Burlington is holding a candlelit march and vigil to remember all those who have suffered under a system that solely supports the interests of the 1% at the detriment of the 99%.
We would like to invite other occupations to ‘Take Back The Light’. Hold a candlelit march and vigil in line with the principles of non-violence after dark on December 17th.
“If you could rape anyone who would it be?”
This egregious expression of rape culture is only the most recent example
of systemic sexism at UVM. The past year alone has witnessed rape, multiple sexual assaults, and anti-abortion chalking in public spaces. While the university administration has laid off long-time Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and supported sexist institutions like Sigma Phi Epsilon, it has refused to take concerted action to combat sexism and rape culture. We
demand that instead of diverting resources into vast salaries for its
administrators, UVM should launch an aggressive campaign against sexism and rape culture, and it should expand institutions such as Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Center at UVM. Furthermore, UVM must immediately disband Sigma Phi Epsilon. An institution that discusses who it wants to rape has no place at UVM or in the Burlington community.
Other occupations please join!
Fellow Vermonters, Join us in this Historic Effort to amend the Constitution
Learn how you can get the issue on the ballot in your community. We want every Vermont town to vote on this at Town Meeting. If you want your voice heard and balance restored in Congress please join your friends and neighbors (real people) for inspiration, information and refreshments. For more information contact Marianne firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Time: 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Democracy and Transparency in the Wake of Citizen’s United
The framers of the US Constitution intended that Constitutional rights be granted to individuals, to the people. (A democratic government of, for, and by the people) The first amendment guarantees free speech and a free press. The Supreme Court on January 21, 2010 in its Citizen United decision equated free speech with corporate spending on political campaigns. While the economy may benefit from business success, democracy benefits when individual voices are heard. Democracy is forever altered when corporate economic power can silence individual voices within the democratic process. By allowing corporations to give unlimited dollars to political ads, the Supreme Court undermines our democratic heritage. Continue reading »