Racial Justice

Don’t Let Gov. Scott Sink the Environmental Justice Bill

We recently heard that Governor Phil Scott is considering vetoing the environmental justice bill, S.148, which passed with overwhelming tri-partisan support in both the Senate (28-1) and House (109-31). In this last week of the legislative session, and with reports that they will not hold a session where they could override his veto, he can enact …

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S.148 is Headed to the Governor’s Desk! 

S.148, the environmental justice bill, is headed to the governor’s desk! After initially passing out of the State Senate in late March, the Senate has now concurred with the version of the bill passed resoundingly by the House just days ago. This legislative victory puts Vermont on track to enact its first environmental justice law, …

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Community Leaders & Lawmakers Call for Passage of Environmental Justice Bill

Today, community leaders and legislators gathered in Montpelier to call for passage of the state’s first comprehensive Environmental Justice bill, S.148. Leaders discussed environmental justice issues in Vermont, and the actions being taken to remedy known inequities among impacted populations. Vermont is one of only a handful of states that lacks an environmental justice policy, …

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VT Senate advances environmental justice

The State Senate just took a major step towards environmental justice (EJ) in Vermont. S.148, which would be the state’s first environmental justice law, passed Tuesday on an overwhelming, tri-partisan 28-1 vote.   We at VPIRG have joined dozens of groups supporting this bill because we see it as an essential step to bring more communities …

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33 groups support EJ bill

VPIRG organized 32 groups — including organizations working to end poverty, promote racial and social justice, protect our environment, and make our communities more vibrant — to submit a letter to members of the Vermont State Senate supporting S.148, an act relating to environmental justice. The letter outlines some background on environmental justice work in …

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Acting on Environmental Justice

Every Vermonter deserves access to a healthy environment that can help provide for a fulfilling life – whether that\’s in the form of clean affordable energy, clean air and water, access to 21st century transportation and healthy food options, a comfortable home, or just the great outdoors. And no segment of the population should, because …

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2021 Legislative Wrap-Up

The Vermont legislature has officially wrapped up its work for the session, and once again VPIRG’s research, member engagement, and advocacy efforts paid off. We were incredibly successful in this “virtual” session, going toe-to-toe against some of the most powerful corporate lobbyists in the state. We’re pleased to announce that a number of our top …

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Statement: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty in Murder of George Floyd

A little less than a year ago, Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd. Today’s verdict, in which Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts, officially recognizes that reality and brings some measure of accountability for this killing. However, this verdict alone does not rectify the deep, systemic issues that led to George Floyd’s death, …

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Racial Justice & the VT Vaccine Rollout

Right now, all Vermonters who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who are 16 or older, are eligible to register for vaccination, along with everyone living in their household. Anyone who falls into that category can register to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine here.   Prior to this stage, Vermont set up vaccination clinics for the members of …

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