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April 24, 2014

Vermont Representatives Agree to Cut Food Assistance

The Liberty Union Party rebukes the Vermont delegation in Washington DC for agreeing to $8.7 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Our representatives have an ethical duty to fight for the least advantaged among us. Beneficiaries will lose $90 per month in food assistance. This is a devastating burden for unemployed and under-employed workers and their families already struggling to afford meals. It is scandalous that Congress allows systemic unemployment and poverty to continue in the first place. Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, along with Congressman Peter Welch, tell us …continue reading

We Invite Comments on Climate Change Coalition

System Change Not Climate Change Points of Unity and Demands The State Committee of Liberty Union is considering affiliating with the organization ‘System Change Not Climate Change The Ecosocialist Coalition’. We are soliciting views from the members of Liberty Union of Vermont. Points of Unity + The current ecological crisis results from the capitalist system, which values profits for a global ruling elite over people and the planet. It must therefore be confronted through an international mass movement of working people around the world. + We are for building a multi-racial, multi-ethnic left united against the ecological destruction spawned by …continue reading

Doris Lake – Letter to the Editor

Editor of the Reformer: At a recent meeting of local Liberty Union Party members, it was noted that many new voters do not realize that even before the platform that was adopted by consensus in 1978 was submitted as the official platform of Liberty Union, candidates took a strong position on the construction and operation of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power. Since 1978, the platform contains the following: “8 Nuclear power is intolerably and incurably unsafe, and we oppose the existence of or construction of nuclear power plants. It is, therefore, imperative that Yankee Nuclear at Vernon and all other nuclear …continue reading

Liberty Union Party Meeting

Tired of Democrats and Republicans promising you crumbs? Organize with us! Sunday, March 9th, 2014 1:00pm 43 Orange St. Barre, VT We’ve succeeded in organizing 15 town committees throughout Vermont to secure our major party status. Now we need to recruit candidates to stand for office and get our message out to thousands of Vermonters! Since 1970 Liberty Union has been giving voters the choice to stand firmly against war, militarism, and nuclear power, while defending our civil and political rights. Preliminary Agenda: * Report back from International Women’s Day events * CCTA Bus Driver Strike Solidarity * The Eco-Socialist …continue reading

We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell

When Cory Doctorow says it may be game over for the open web, we should listen. We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything) will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security flaws in them (because reporting a security flaw in DRM exposes you to risk of prosecution for making a circumvention …continue reading

Tackling the Myths about Taxes

by Matthew R. Andrews Although the current economic crisis is commonly discussed as beginning in 2007, workers in the United States have been experiencing stagnant wages and cuts to social spending for four decades. At the same time, the tax burden has been shifting from corporations to people, and from the rich to the middle and lower classes. The long term consequences of this policy trend are coming home to roost. Policies from the New Deal era that we thought were untouchable are now on the chopping block. Thanks to Occupy and a handful of new campaigns, a new narrative …continue reading

Judge Orders Release of Dying Lawyer Lynne Stewart

From the World Can’t Wait: January 1, 2014 Our friend and advisor Lynne Stewart was finally granted compassionate release from a federal prison where she should never have been sent to. She flew home to New York City this morning, and will live with her son, an attorney who has also defended political activists. We celebrate with Ralph Poynter, her devoted partner of decades, children and grandchildren, with her former clients, some of whom are still political prisoners. Judge Koetl promised to free her last August, but the Federal Bureau of Prisons took five months to grant what she was …continue reading

Third Global Day of Action for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People

December 18, 2013 MORE THAN EVER UNITED TO AFFIRM AND DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PEOPLE! On December 18, 1990 the U.N. General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The objective of this Convention, the result of nearly two decades of debate and compromise, was precisely to guarantee the protection of the rights of migrant workers and their families. It’s been 23 years since the approval of this convention, and unfortunately the safeguards and the rights of migrants, refugees and displaced people continues …continue reading

SAFESTOR: Not in Our Backyard

by Kurt Staudter Any reader of this column knows that I haven’t exactly been supportive of Vermont Yankee. It’s a funny thing about being a political columnist: You can write for years winning the admiration of a reader only to write a single column where they so fervently disagree with you that you’ve lost them forever. Many of my friends in the labor movement, and my own union the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, thought that I should have taken the side of the company. Their position had merit in that the nuke plant has lots of great middle class …continue reading

Ten Most Radioactive Places on Earth Mapped Out

While the 2011 earthquake and worries surrounding Fukushima have brought the threat of radioactivity back into the public consciousness, many people still don’t realize that radioactive contamination is a worldwide danger. Radionuclides are in the top six toxic threats as listed in the 2010 report by The Blacksmith Institute, an NGO dedicated to tackling pollution. You might be surprised by the locations of some of the world’s most radioactive places — and thus the number of people living in fear of the effects radiation could have on them and their children. Read the full article…