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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Our Thoughts on Gov Scott’s Veto of The Solutions Act

Update: You can find our take on Gov Scott’s veto below. As the House was preparing for its ultimately successful override vote on Thursday, however, the chair and vice chair of House Energy, Reps Tim Briglin (D-Norwich) and Laura Sibilia (I-Dover) spoke eloquently and in detail as to why, in…

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The USPS Matters to Vermonters

As President Trump and Postmaster General Louis Dejoy continue their assault on our democracy and the United States Postal Service, Vermonters stand to be particularly hurt by damages done to the USPS. Since the 18th century, the postal service has served as a vital resource for Vermonters to communicate outside…

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VPIRG 2020 Legislative Preview

The 2020 Vermont legislative session kicked off today and we’re excited. The challenges we face as a state are greater than ever: An unprecedented climate crisis that demands immediate action. Corporations that put their bottom-line ahead of consumers’ safety and well-being. Toxins in food packaging and a plastic pollution problem…

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Double Your Impact with Patagonia Action Works

Have you heard? For a short time our friends at Patagonia are matching online contributions to the Vermont Public Interest Research & Education Fund! We’re trying to raise $100,000 through Patagonia to ensure that we reach our year-end fundraising goal— and we’re halfway there. Could you help us reach our…

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VPIRG Votes helps drive historic voter turnout

Conventional wisdom suggested that 2018 would be another year of very low voter participation in Vermont. After all, we didn’t have hot races for the US Senate or House, and in the last non-presidential election year – 2014 – Vermont experienced its worst voter turnout in more than 50 years.…

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High Voter Turnout in the 2018 Vermont Primary

Voter turnout in the 2018 Vermont primary was one of the highest in Vermont’s history. Over 107,000 Vermonters voted, yielding an almost 22% voter turnout rate. Compared to a 9% voter turnout in 2014 — the last non-presidential primary year — the results of the 2018 summer election make it…

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On the 1 year anniversary of the Climate Action Commission…

It’s been one year since Gov. Phil Scott established his hand-picked Climate Action Commission. This anniversary follows on the heels of the release of the most recent Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory report two weeks ago — a sobering report detailing how Vermont climate progress is accelerating in the wrong direction, with…

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VPIRG Welcomed to Windham County

Last week, our canvass team was at it again — engaging Vermonters at their doorsteps and making change one conversation at a time. The team of over 70 canvassers, field managers, directors and administrators went truckin’ down to Windham County, where they spent the week working out of Fort Dummer…

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