Category: Vermont

Connecting the Struggles: Regional Activists Greet New England Governors’ Conference with Protests

Connecting the Struggles: Regional Activists Greet New England Governors’ Conference with Protests

By Ben Dangl Originally published on August 2, 2012 in TowardFreedom.com Hundreds of activists from indigenous groups, environmental organizations, and labor and social movements from around New England and Quebec greeted the 36th Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday with protests, demands and direct action. The conference,…

Brewing Trouble: How to Drink Beer and Save the World

Brewing Trouble: How to Drink Beer and Save the World

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 18 March 2008 Reviewed: Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World By Christopher O’Brien, New Society Publishers (November 2006), 275 pages Beer, like so many other products, is largely in the hands of giant corporations. Therefore, drinking beer can often enrich the same systems of power we as…

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Grassroots Beer Brewers Score a Victory in Utah

Grassroots Beer Brewers Score a Victory in Utah

By Benjamin Dangl Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Just three companies control approximately 80 percent of the beer industry in the US. Brewing beer at home is one way to counter this corporate monopoly. However, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Oklahoma still outlaw the craft. Recently, a victory for homebrewers was scored in Utah,…

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Acting Locally: Progressive Party Victory in Vermont

Acting Locally: Progressive Party Victory in Vermont

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Vermont: Most Likely to Secede

Vermont: Most Likely to Secede

Interview conducted by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 20 December 2005 Thomas Naylor moved to Vermont in 1993 after almost 30 years’ teaching economics at Duke University. He helped form the Second Vermont Republic, an organization dedicated to the peaceful dissolution of the country, starting with the secession of Vermont. Benjamin Dangl: What is the Second Vermont Republic? Thomas…

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Human Rights Violations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Human Rights Violations in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 06 December 2005 Ann Fagan Ginger works at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, an organization which seeks to promote social change by increasing the recognition and use of existing human rights and peace law at the local, national, and international levels. She is also the editor of the book, “Challenging U.S.…

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Nicaragua: Sustaining Solidarity

Nicaragua: Sustaining Solidarity

Nicaragua: Sustaining Solidarity Written by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 06 December 2005 During the Reagan administration’s Contra War against Sandinista-run Nicaragua, sympathetic foreigners flooded the country with material aid, support and solidarity for the left-leaning government. Quite a few of these visitors were from Vermont, operating through Burlington’s sister city program with Puerto Cabezas, a city…

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Channel One – a corporate offer some Vermont schools refuse

Channel One – a corporate offer some Vermont schools refuse

by Benjamin Dangl 8/29/05 Vermont Guardian When U.S. public schools run into financial trouble, they can often turn to corporations for help. In exchange, the company might want its logo displayed prominently or exclusive vending rights for its soda. In the case of the news program Channel One, the schools get audio/visual equipment. All that…

Support for Cuba Growing in Vermont

Support for Cuba Growing in Vermont

By Benjamin Dangl 7/18/05 Before Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, unfair land distribution, a lack of health care and education, and virtual enslavement to the sugar and tourist industry led to a groundswell of discontentment among citizens. In 1959, Castro led a rebellion against the existing government and won. Shortly thereafter, Castro declared…

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