Join the Race Against Racism!

The 2nd annual Race Against Racism is a youth-led community event held at Montpelier High School on September 23rd, 2018, beginning at 11:30. The event starts with a 5K run/walk through the city of Montpelier. Throughout the event, there will be local vendors vending food, including pizza from Woodbelly Pizza. After the race is completed, the performance portion of the event will begin, featuring activists, artists, musicians, and performances. Performers include Soundcheck and A2VT. If you would like to attend the rally instead of running and show your support for equality in VT, you can plan on arriving at 12: 00; the speakers will begin shortly thereafter. REGISTER FOR THE RACE AGAINST RACISM HERE!

Rise Up for Climate, Jobs, and Justice!

On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us. Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action. Why? From Sept. 12 – 14, leaders of cities, towns, states, companies, and organizations from all over the world will gather at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to highlight and make new commitments to climate action. The Saturday before the summit, climate groups all over the world are organizing marches, rallies, and more to hold leaders accountable—to demand politicians stand with their communities and deliver more than just words! We’re joining in! 350Vermont is supporting local groups all around the state in holding solidarity actions targeted at our own elected officials to let them know […]

Looking for Teachers to Participate in a PLC on Civics and Sustainability

We are looking for a group of educators interested in participating in “No Citizen Left Behind” – a professional learning community (PLC) that will explore new and existing ways in which key elements of Act 77, notably proficiency-based learning (PBL) and flexible pathways, empower teachers interested in integrating civics and sustainability education throughout the curriculum.   Over the course of five meetings throughout the Spring of 2018, teachers will share and discuss ways in which they are incorporating civics and sustainability into their curriculum.  Rubrics for content-based learning expectations as well as transferable skills will be shared and analyzed.  Various models that incorporate community-based learning, service learning, and project-based learning will be considered in addition to new tools such as “micro-credentialing,” which may open the door to more “extended learning opportunities.” Although content topics may be quite diverse, at least some attention will be given to the pressing issues of climate […]

Youth Lobby Updates

Updates from the Youth Lobby (03/02/18)   1) Don’t forget to organize a field trip to the Youth Rally on Thursday, April 12th! Has you school organized a field trip to the 3rd Annual Rally for the Planet?  The youth rally will take place from 8:30am – 1:30pm on Thursday, April 12th.  Drop-off will be at Montpelier High School and the march to the Statehouse begins at 10am.  Registration is not required, but it is helpful for planning REGISTER NOW! http://www.youthlobby.org/rallyfortheplanet/   2) Join us at the next planning meeting on March 11th! Join us in the Montpelier High School library from 3pm-6pm for our 3rd Planning Coalition Meeting.  There is still a ton of work to get done, and many important decisions to be made.  One of the most important decisions we need to make is who will be invited to speak and perform this year.  We have a […]

The Youth Lobby Honors Young Racial Justice Activists at MHS and BHS

The Vermont Youth Lobby strongly supports the students at Montpelier and Burlington High Schools who lobbied so hard for the ability to fly the Black Lives Matter flag over their schools as part of a concentrated and growing effort to raise awareness of implicit bias, privilege, and the need to build greater equity in our schools and broader communities. We appreciate the clear rejection of any anti-police sentiment or purported violence associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Congratulations to the young racial justice activists at Montpelier and Burlington High Schools for raising awareness and promoting honest, candid, and civil discourse on the issue of racial justice in Vermont and beyond. Read more here – Mic.com Article

Great Opportunity for Grassroots Organizer Training!

~ The Vermont Climate Union and the VT Poor People’s Campaign Present ~ Grassroots Organizer Training @ The UU Church ~ 130 Main St, Montpelier Tuesday and Thursday Nights from 7-9 Starting January 16th.   Organizers, Activists, and Volunteers, ages 16-100+, are invited to a series of workshops to develop core organizing skills and increase our capacity to work for Justice in Vermont. All are welcome to come to one or many classes. These workshops offer instruction in a variety of needed skills and services common to grassroots organizing and social change efforts, and our coordinating team will work with participants to apply the skills learned in collaborative organizing environments. We will offer classes on Tuesday and Thursday Nights from 6-8 at The UU, Starting Tuesday January 16th.  Please review our Calendar  as there are number of events at other times and locations. View the CALENDAR Here and take a […]

Race Against Racism!

A Statewide Race and Community Event for Equality DATE – September 17th, 2017 TIME – 11:30 PLACE – Montpelier High School The Race Against Racism is a youth-led, inclusive community running event that brings together social justice and athletics. Runners will run a 5k scenic loop around Montpelier High School, encompassing the track and nearby bike path. Running is optional! There will be other highlights – including refreshments and speakers from various groups around Vermont. Any funds raised will be contributed to various organizations statewide that advocate for racial justice. Racism, a concept so pervasive, is still alive and well in modern America, including Vermont. People of color often struggle to feel represented and supported. It is clear that this is a time when we all need to stand together and fight for inclusion and equity. We’re asking for schools and organizations to support by helping publicize this event, mobilize […]