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 Vermont News: VT Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced

PoliticsLobby Day February 13th

From: The Marijuana Policy Project

Yesterday, Rep. David Zuckerman (P-Burlington) and 18 co-sponsors introduced H.150. This legislation will reduce the penalty for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana from up to six months in jail to a $100 civil fine.

If you have not already done so, please contact your representative now and urge him or her to support this sensible legislation.

The Vermont Alliance for Intelligent Drug Laws (VALID), an MPP grantee, is organizing volunteers across the state to support this commonsense legislation. On Friday, February 13, VALID is hosting a lobby day at the State House in Montpelier from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. This will be an excellent opportunity to talk directly with your legislators, so please try to attend. If you might be interested in attending, please e-mail Nancy Lynch at [email protected] ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, February 05 @ 21:01:43 EST (1133 reads)
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 Vermont News: National Homeownership Month

Press ReleaseNeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Southeastern Vermont
Urges Homeowners to Call for Help during National Homeownership Month

Springfield, VT – NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Southeastern Vermont urges homeowners at risk of foreclosure to take the first step to avoid losing their biggest investment: Call for help.

“We must do all we can to ensure homeownership is not built on quick sand. The earlier financially distressed homeowners reach out for assistance, the more options they have to address their mortgage issues and potentially avoid foreclosure,” said Bruce Whitney, HomeOwnership Center Director.

Industry studies show the foreclosure rate on mortgage loans has increased by more than 50 percent since 2000. While property values steadily increased and interest rates held near historic lows the past few years, buyers rushed into homeownership, and many were tempted by inappropriate loan products that appeared to be low-cost. These loans actually had short-term benefits and while they initially got many buyers into their homes, their interest rates were variable; as they climbed, tens of thousands of homeowners have been shocked by monthly payment increases they now cannot afford. In addition to rising interest rates, many Vermont families face foreclosure as a result of certain trigger events, such as loss of a job, reduction in income, or a health emergency. While there is no one reason that can explain why homeowners are facing foreclosure at an increasing rate, the surest way out is to ask for help. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, August 23 @ 21:53:28 EDT (1752 reads)
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 Vermont News: Don’t Fall For Nuclear Fiction

OpinionFrom: Jane Newton

To the Editor,
The latest article in nuclear energy’s misinformation campaign is, once again, about the wonders of “reprocessing”, (or what is sometimes euphemistically and mistakenly called “recycling”), of radioactive waste. This strategy is aimed at quieting the fears of those who are opposed to the 20 year re-licensing of Vermont Yankee, an issue that the Vermont legislature, in the next year or so, will decide.

According to the NIRS, (Nuclear Information Research Service), “recycling” is a process in which nuclear waste can go places not licensed for radioactive materials and can then appear in everyday life, in “regular” garbage dumps, sidewalks and plastic toys.

“Reprocessing” of the 20 to 30 tons of high level nuclear waste produced every year at reactors such as Vermont Yankee, now that Yucca Mountain is sure to fail as a federal repository of all our nuclear waste, is now the newest buzz-word in the nuclear energy business’ propaganda campaign. We are to believe that old waste can be reprocessed into new fuel in a sort of revolving door cycle with ease and without becoming another source of grave danger...

Posted by Blue1moon on Thursday, March 08 @ 20:09:53 EST (1198 reads)
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 Vermont News: Cindy Sheehan Visits Vermont

The NewsBlue1Moon & FrogDaddy

Cindy Sheehan visited Springfield, Vermont on Sunday March 4th, to talk about Impeachment and Bringing the Troops Home. Cindy spoke to a packed house at the Unitarian Universalists Church. Springfield was one of many stops during her whirlwind 3-day tour of Vermont just prior to Town- Meeting Day.

She and several other speakers traveled on Jim Goodnow’s “Impeachment Bus” and arrived to songs of welcome, led by Jane Newton on the guitar, and Jim Romer, with vocals.

Dan DeWalt, organizer of the tour, talked about how Vermonters could make a difference, and the importance of citizen participation in our Town Meetings. Marine Cpl. Matt Howard spoke of his tours of duty in Iraq, including the bringing down of the statue of Saddam, and the reality of the not-so-large crowd of on-lookers (despite media portrayals). He spoke movingly of the difficulties in Iraq for our soldiers – among other things, of trying to “win the hearts and minds” of Iraqis by driving around waiting to be shot at, and then shooting back at everyone in the vicinity. Veteran Army Sgt. Adrienne Kinne, now working at the V.A., talked of dealing with the aftermath of the impact of war, and participating in highest-level sanctioned torture, on our veterans and of the emotional difficulties they face. Author John Nichols spoke of our country’s history, of the Constitution, and about some of the many reasons he feels George W. Bush should be impeached. And of course, Cindy Sheehan spoke to a very receptive crowd, of her mission, her travels, her life’s work.

Inside are several pictures taken by FrogDaddy and Al...


Listen to the speeches on SPOXTalk:
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Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, March 07 @ 20:20:41 EST (5513 reads)
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 Vermont News: March 2-4 TOUR OF VERMONT

Politics Town Meeting Democracy Tour with Vermont Veterans, Cindy Sheehan, John Nichols, and Dan Dewalt

Cindy Sheehan will speak before the Vermont Senate on March 2nd in support of impeaching Bush and Cheney. According to all the news reports, the Senate has tried but been unable to find anyone willing to speak against her*: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/19023

Join the tour! See the schedule below, and help out by contacting the media here: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/vtmedia

Vermont towns vote on impeachment on March 6, and the Vermont State Legislature is considering a similar resolution. Read the resolution and contact your state representative here: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/vt

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, March 02 @ 19:50:14 EST (1294 reads)
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 Vermont News: Cindy Sheehan Visits Vermont for Town Meeting Democracy Tour

AnnouncementsFrom: Jim Romer

Cindy Sheehan will be speaking in Springfield VT at 2:30 PM on Sunday, March 4th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church. This event is part of a ten-town, three-day "Town Meeting Democracy Tour," on which she will be joined by Iraq War veteran, Matt Howard, author, John Nichols, and Newfane VT citizen, Dan DeWalt.

The tour is designed to raise awareness of the rapidly spreading movement to pass resolutions at Vermont town meetings in favor of impeachment and supporting the troops by bringing them home now. The UU Church is on Fairground Road, above the Riverside Middle School. The event is free and open to the public.

Inside is a flyer announcing this event. Please spread the word - if possible, download FLYERS announcing events. Please don't assume others will post them. Print some out, carry them with you and if you find a good place to post, please do so. Especially important to spread the word in the KEENE area.

Cindy Sheehan will also be speaking in BRATTLEBORO VT at 6 PM on Sunday March 4th, at the Brattleboro UnionHigh School …

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, February 27 @ 10:00:00 EST (1461 reads)
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 Vermont News: Charges Against Vermont Peace Activist Dropped

Politicsby Daniel Borgström

BENNINGTON, VERMONT Rosemarie Jackowski is a 69-year-old grandmother, former schoolteacher and Air Force veteran who was arrested at a peace demonstration in March 2003. A year and a half later she was finally tried and convicted. She faced two months in jail and a $500 fine.

When the conviction was eventually overturned by the Vermont Supreme Court in the fall of 2006, it looked like she'd won. However, the prosecuting attorney announced plans to try her yet once again. That put her back to square one.

Quite undaunted, Rosemarie took up that next challenge. "I'm very willing and ready to go to trial again," Rosemarie told the Bennington Banner. "It will be much more easy for me this time. I will have experience at being a defendant in a criminal trial," she said.

"I don't believe that I am guilty of anything," she said. Her supposed "crime" was taking part in a peaceful demonstration that blocked traffic for 15 minutes in downtown Bennington, Vermont...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, February 16 @ 21:37:09 EST (1302 reads)
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 Vermont News: Sgt Liam Madden and the Appeal for Redress

From: Central Vermont Peace and Justice

We should all be proud of Vermonter Marine Sgt Liam Madden and the courage he shows as he and 1000 other active duty GIs demand an end to the war against Iraq.Check out the article (link inside) from the Army Times.

Also come hear Liam and other Iraq Veterans Against the War speak at the Montpelier Rally on Saturday January 20th. 10am gather at Montpelier City Hall and then march to the Statehouse for a Rally. A screening of Sir No Sir will follow...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, January 19 @ 16:43:06 EST (1496 reads)
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 Vermont News: Side Judge Tsouris - To the Editor,

VermontTo the Editor,
William Boardman
Windsor County Assistant Judge
Woodstock, VT

In your December 21 edition, the Assistant Judge-elect who will take office on February 1, writes a lengthy but largely inaccurate letter characterized by a tone unchanged from the vituperative campaign that presumably ended on election day.

He begins by falsely implying that all county decisions are mine alone, which would be news to Assistant Judge Ken Cooper, who has been a good and reliable collaborator on all significant county decisions during the past eight years. Further, he ignores the participation of the county clerk and courthouse staff in many if not most decisions.

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 Vermont News: CVPJ: 3000th Soldier

AnnouncementsRutland Area Residents Gather to Commemorate 3,000 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq

What: “Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” Candlelight Vigil for Peace in Iraq
When: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on the day after the 3,000th U.S. military death in Iraq is announced on www.icasualties.org/oif/
Where: In front of the UU Church of Rutland, West Street, Rutland, Vermont

“Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar” events in more than 200 communities nationwide will commemorate those lost in Iraq – both military and civilian – on the day following the sad announcement that the 3,000th U.S. serviceperson has died. Coordinated nationally by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the war memorial events will mourn the human cost of war, call for the troops to come home, and support funding an Iraqi-led reconstruction of the war-torn country...

Note: 3000 US deaths - Gather at 6pm on January 1st

The sad day is here. We have reached 3,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq. Therefore we will gather for a candlelight vigil at 6pm on Monday January 1st, in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland on West Street [Vermont]. Check links inside for more information and gatherings elsewhere.

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, December 30 @ 12:59:57 EST (1548 reads)
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 Vermont News: Dec. 10 Vermont Statewide Anti-war Meeting

Friends, below and attached is an announcement and invitation. Please spread the word and try to make the meeting.
-Joseph Gainza


The elections proved that being against the US occupation of Iraq is now a majority opinion in this country, BUT will Congress act to bring the troops home now? Not if we wait for them to act. Democratic Party leaders are already waffling on this issue. We must keep up the pressure and be in the streets....

Posted by Blue1Moon on Wednesday, November 29 @ 21:07:10 EST (1539 reads)
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 Vermont News: Hope Rises From The Ashes of My Lai

Friends, here is something hopeful in these dark times. There is still hope for the better world we seek.
-Joseph Gainza

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Putney Friends Meeting presents Mike Boehm of Madison Quakers, Inc. with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam. The event will be at the Putney Friends Meeting, north on Route 5, on Sunday December 3rd at 1:15 pm, and is free and open to the public.

Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm has been working in My Lai and elsewhere in Vietnam since 1992. Boehm has traveled to Vietnam 16 times since then to facilitate these projects. A veteran who served in Cu Chi, Vietnam working in Operations from 1968 to 1969, Boehm first returned to Vietnam in 1992 to help build a medical clinic. While there he began to come to terms with his own experiences there and to understand the tremendous capacity of people-to-people projects for building peace and reconciliation between our two societies....

Posted by Blue1Moon on Wednesday, November 29 @ 20:59:47 EST (1497 reads)
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 Vermont News: War Party And Peace Party By Rearranging Politics And Parties

Politics by Peter Moss for U.S. and VT House in 2008

American history is full of unsuccessful or failed third parties at least as far back as Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive/Bull Moose fiasco a century ago. So, I for one, propose a different idea. President George W[armonger] Pinocchio is treading water to gain time. His underlying goal is unchanged: privatize Iraqi (and later all Middle East) oil production so the nine sisters [Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP Amoco, Phillips Conoco, and Shell Oil] can skim the profits we pay for at the gas pump, and some of which finances terrorism. These profits exceed the comprehension of most people. Briefly, Iraq's oil is so coveted because it is a high-carbon, low-sulfur crude that commands a premium, it is very plentiful at 112 billion barrels proven reserves and may be close to Saudi's 260 billion eventual total, and exceptionally low cost because of shallow wells with high flow rates, costing $1 to $1.50 per barrel including 15% return on investment, but selling for up to $70 per barrel. The difference is all profit. No wonder oilmen call Iraq "an El Dorado." Assuming 250 billion barrels and 50% recovery, Iraq's oil is worth $3,125,000,000 over the next 50 years. At $1.50 production cost or $188-billion, profit is $2.937 trillion. And then there is natural gas. [see James A. Paul, Oil in Iraq, Global Policy Forum, UN Security Council, http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/oil/2002/12heart.htm. And when oil runs out by, say 2050, then there is a 275-year coal reserve under the U.S. which can be liquefied for motor fuel [see Peter Moss, Bush's dirties little secret: The coalification of the United States, Vermont Guardian, April 21, 2006, page 7].

The two-faced Demopublican donkeyphant party has dominated U.S. politics for more than a century. Walter Karp published "Indispensable Enemies: The Politics of Misrule in America" in 1973; I read it shortly after it appeared. It is an unsparing analysis of the way the Democratic and Republican parties collude to stay in power. Thus collusion, not competition, characterizes the two-faced party which has ruled the U.S. throughout the 20th (and 21st) century which Karp calls a bipartisan oligarchy. My own summary: "Winning is nothing; moneyocratic control is everything."

Posted by FrogDaddy on Friday, November 24 @ 18:10:20 EST (2717 reads)
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 Vermont News: We Need Democracy, Not Moneyocracy

By Peter Moss

Most Vermonters sincerely believe they live in a democracy. Asked to define democracy, few can respond meaningfully. Wilkipedia, the Internet encyclopedia, says it is "rule by the people," from the Greek demos, people, and kratos, rule, and is a form of government for a nation state, or for an organization in which all the citizens have an equal vote or voice in shaping policy. According to Webster's Collegiate dictionary, the word entered the English language in 1576. Webster's offers these definitions: 1a. Government by the people, especially rule of the majority, 1b. A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

President George W. Pinocchio believes democracy means "regime change" which is the violent removal of an uncooperative head of state, and his replacement by a pro-U.S. expatriate to represent U.S. Big Business interests. After invasion and occupation, "free" elections are held and the new U.S. puppet always wins. Dissent is violently suppressed and kangaroo "courts" try and do away with the uncooperative head of state usually denigrated as dictator, war lord, or thug. To me, that's bushmocracy, pronounced boo-schmuck-racee, not democracy. ("schmuck" is in Webster's)...

Posted by FrogDaddy on Tuesday, November 21 @ 17:33:46 EST (2184 reads)
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 Vermont News: Cris Ericson Independent 2006, gets less votes than in 2004 as Marijuana Party


Cris Ericson announces she is the MARIJUANA PARTY candidate for 2008! Cris Ericson, ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate and for Governor of Vermont 2006, and came in 3rd for both offices, but with fewer votes than in 2004 when she went on the ballot as the Marijuana party candidate for Vermont!

Cris Ericson officially announces she is the Marijuana party candidate for Governor of Vermont 2008 and the Marijuana Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives to Congress 2008.

In 2006 Cris Ericson ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senator of Vermont and for Governor of Vermont 2006 and came in 3rd out of six candidates for each office: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/elections/2006/VT.html

Posted by FrogDaddy on Wednesday, November 08 @ 22:16:23 EST (1741 reads)
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