As we move forward in these challenging and uncertain times, we are committed to upholding our mission of promoting and protecting the health of Vermont’s people, environment and locally-based economy.
And in fact, that mission has never been more important. Because in times of crisis and chaos, there are bad actors who will take advantage of those circumstances to erode our democracy, weaken our environmental protections, and enrich themselves at the expense of the public interest.
While the days and weeks ahead are full of uncertainty, our work will continue.
Together, we will ensure that our state makes it through this crisis stronger and more united than ever before.
To best support Vermonters, we have shifted our priorities to focus on core tenets that we’re calling the three V’s: VOTING, VIGILANCE & VALUES.
- VOTING: VPIRG believes our democracy works best when as many people as possible participate. We are working to guarantee that every eligible Vermont voter receives a ballot to vote safely by mail this year and leading a massive voter education effort to ensure that whatever changes to voting we make to deal with this crisis doesn’t impact any voter’s ability to exercise their right to vote.
- VIGILANCE: History has shown us that the worst corporate actors believe in the phrase “never let a good crisis go to waste.” And the COVID-19 crisis is no exception. We’ve already seen countless examples of everyone from the fossil fuel giants to toxic polluters to the plastic industry trying to leverage this crisis for their benefit. At a time when people are afraid, confused, and in many cases fighting for their economic and literal survival, it is unconscionable that these industries would try to take advantage of this situation to rollback critical protections and further endanger our health and well-being. That’s why VPIRG will continue to guard against these threats and make sure our elected officials do not allow the big-money special interests to use this crisis to undo the progress we’ve made.
- VALUES: We are committed to leading a recovery effort that put our shared values first – a recovery effort that benefits us all and leaves nobody behind. As we emerge from this crisis, our policymakers will face a number of key questions. What do we prioritize? Where do we direct relief funds? What new protections do we put in place to make sure we’re better prepared for the next crisis? VPIRG, our members, and our allies can ensure that this recovery puts our people, environment, and locally-based economy first.
If you agree with this vision … If you want to be part of and build the movement necessary to make this happen … If you want to ensure that the state’s largest public interest advocacy organization has the resources needed to not just weather this crisis, but be a leader in this effort … please make a gift today at www.vpirg.org/donate.
We are immensely grateful that the support of our large grassroots membership allows us to keep fighting the good fight in these trying times. And since we won’t be able to knock on your door this year, we encourage you to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.