Ohavi Zedek sponsored an action called "Let's Invest in the
Rabbi Joshua Chasan and VIA leader Lois Whitmore at Action.
'Common Wealth' of Vermont" in January 2012 to press for more long-term, innovative thinking from our legislators and the Shumlin administration with regard to the state budget. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding, state senators Tim Ashe, Sally Fox, and Anthony Pollina, and state representative Martha Heath were in attendance.
About 50 people attended a VIA workshop in December on "How to Organize to Correct the Injustice of Economic Disparity in our Society," with a presentation by a trainer from Boston's United for a Fair Economy and planning for next steps by VIA staff. Out of this event, an organizing committee has been formed to work on responsible banking and other financial sector reform in Vermont.
Panelists and moderator, state Senator Ann Cummings, at the Montpelier forum.
The Health Care working group at VIA hosted 4 forums
- in Burlington, Charlotte, Montpelier, and Waitsfield -- to explain the state's plans for a single payer system and provide q & a with state officials, who included BISHCA director Steve Kimbell and Health Care Commissioner Mark Larson. Representatives from the business community, physicians, and VIA also served on the panels.
Executive Director Debbie Ingram has recently made presentations about the impact community organizing, specifically VIA's work, can have on economic disparity for the Elder Education Enrichment program and at the Associates meeting of the Sisters of Mercy.