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Contact: James Haslam, vtworkers(at)gmail.com

Guthrie Legacy To Play at Rutland & Burlington Occupy VT Rallies

What: The granddaughter of the great Woody Guthrie  and daughter of Arlo , Sara Lee Guthrie and  her husband  Jonny Irion are  showing their support of Occupy Wall Street by performing at two of the Vermont solidarity  rallies in Rutland and Burlington Vermont. On Saturday there will be four rallies across the state coinciding with a global day of action supporting the Occupy movement.  Before and after the rallies the Vermont Workers’ Center and Vermont unions will be doing door to door canvassing across the state for their new Put People First Campaign.

“Sarah Lee and Johnny were already performing in Vermont this weekend to help support tropical storm Irene victims. They thought it was a good opportunity to show their support of the solidarity rallies happening in our state” said James Hathaway who is organizing their trip to Vermont “If our government was as quick to bail out Irene’s poorest victims as it is bail out banks and billionaires, maybe so many Vermonters would not still be suffering.”

When: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rallies:

With Sarah Lee and Jonny:

Burlington: 2 pm, Burlington City Hall Park

Rutland: 11am, Center Street and Merchants Row across from the Farmers Market

Also there will be rallies in:

Brattleboro: 2pm, Wells Fountain Park

Montpelier:   3pm, City Hall followed by march to Statehouse

Canvassing:  Happening in towns through the state, if you are interested in following a team contact James Haslam at vtworkers(at)gmail.com

Background: The Vermont Workers’ Center built a statewide grassroots movement with the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign which led to the passage of historic universal healthcare legislation in 2011.  The VWC and its partners launched a new campaign called Put People First: The People’s Budget Campaign and have been organizing in communities across the state, particularly in mobile home parks and other areas which were hardest by Tropical Storm Irene.

Resource Links:

http://www.workerscenter.org/occupyvermont

http://www.workerscenter.org/healthcare

http://www.workerscenter.org/peoplesbudget

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