Stop Out of State and Private Prison Incarceration

For a few months now, we at VPIRG have been expanding some of our research, advocacy, and organizing to include issues related to criminal justice reform and public safety. And we’ve been following the shocking reporting of mismanagement coming out of the Mississippi prison that houses more than 200 incarcerated Vermonters.   The prison is owned by CoreCivic, a private prison…

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Improving Policing in VT – Vote Needed this Week

Back in August, we joined the ACLU of Vermont, Justice for All, and over a dozen other organizations in proposing a 10-point platform for reimagining policing in Vermont. Now, Vermont has an opportunity to take an incremental but concrete step towards improving public safety with legislation governing police use of force statewide.  This use of force bill, S.119, would promote peaceful, de-escalatory resolution while also providing clarity and uniformity around how and when police are…

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VT Must Include $5M for Essential Workers Excluded from CARES Act

Se puede leer este artículo en español al final de esta página. In his recent budget proposal, Governor Scott included $2 million for the Immigrant Families Coronavirus Relief Fund which would provide relief to Vermonters who were left out of the federal CARES Act payments this spring. That the White…

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Reimagining Policing in Vermont

Today, VPIRG joined the ACLU of Vermont, Justice for All, and more than a dozen other organizations in releasing a letter urging Vermont leaders to fundamentally reimagine the role of police in Vermont communities and to commit to the ten-point action plan below. Police reform is just one component of…

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VPIRG Launches Racial Justice Program

Two months ago, after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, we told you that VPIRG “stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and working to address systemic racism.” Solidarity isn’t about making a statement – it’s about taking action. In launching our Racial Justice Program, we are…

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Let’s Talk About Environmental Justice

According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A goal which will be achieved “when everyone enjoys (1) the same…

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VPIRG stands in solidarity with those demanding justice

Right now, all across the country, Americans are protesting in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. VPIRG stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and working to address systemic racism. The killing that sparked the demonstrations this week happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But the systemic…

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