Host Lauren-Glenn Davitian is joined by Rick Hubbard, Vermont Coordinator for Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening events scheduled for April of 2016, Joanna Cummings, Concerned Citizen, and Ben Clark, Middlebury College Student and Organizer, to share event information and the movement that aims to save our democracy.
On April 2, the Democracy Spring march will begin at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and march to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. More than 2,000 people have pledged to join the protest and risk arrest between April 11-18 in what is hoped to be the largest act of civil disobedience in a generation with the hope of opening the door to reforms once considered impossible and reclaim democracy. On April 16-18, Democracy Awakening will continue the event with teach-ins, sit-ins, and more.
Democracy Spring - http://www.democracyspring.org/
Democracy Awakening - http://democracyawakening.org/
A citywide celebration to honor and insure the rights of all women and girls to lead secure, creative, healthy, and free lives. Recorded by community volunteer Paul Bakeman and sponsored by Burlington College 'Institute for Civic Engagement.'
Four short skits that address current struggles of working class Americans, followed by a discussion segment which explores those concepts further. Topics include insurance coverage, corporate exploitation, neoliberalism, and unemployment.
BTV Ignite Executive Director Michael Schirling and Mayor Miro Weinberger announce the City of Burlington has been named a White House TechHire community, part of a multisector White House initiative to link area employers with Burlingtonians, growing the local tech workforce and empowering community members with the skills they would need for wellpaying jobs in innovation and technology.
The City of Burlington and BTV Ignite will partner with local educational institutions and employers to train and employ 75 tech workers in 2016 and 400 tech workers through 2020. Key employers, workforce intermediaries, and training partners include the Vermont HITEC Institute for American Apprenticeship at Burlington College, Champlain College, the University of Vermont (UVM), Vermont Technical College, Community College of Vermont, the UVM Medical Center, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Vermont Technology Alliance.
Burlington Mayor Weinberger, BTV Ignite and the Ignite Partners, VT HITEC, and a variety of employers and technical educators and trainers discuss this exciting designation and initiative.
At a mobile home housing co-op in Burlington’s North End, Rep. Welch discusses his initiative to assist low-income mobile homeowners. His bipartisan legislation, which recently passed the House, expands Section 8 federal housing assistance to cover mobile homeowners’ previously ineligible expenses, including property taxes, insurance, and utilities. He is joined at the event by Mayor Miro Weinberger and affordable housing leaders.
Charles Simpson hosts Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, President, United Academics at UVM, Lindsey McCarron, UVM Student Organizer, and Richard Aberle, Department of English, SUNY Plattsburgh and a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Gospel Fest 2016 features: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir, Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, and The New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church Children's Choir.
Gospel Fest is an annual Christian music ministry hosted by the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church. Gospel Fest's anchor choir, the Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir (BEC), is now in its 23rd year. BEC is made up of performers from different religious denominations and walks of life; their mission is the educate the community about Black History Month through music.
Graphic novelist Ted Rall discusses his latest book, Bernie, about the life that shaped presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He interviewed Bernie Sanders at length for this book and delved deep into his background to create this unique biography.
Ron Wanamaker, Liisa Reimann, and Britta Fenniman-Tonn join in a discussion on Burlington's Historic Women. Preservation Burlington will be hosting events during March which is Women's History Month.
More information on Preservation Burlington.
Britta Fenniman Tonn
Britta joined the board in 2012. She has coordinated PB's walking tour program since 2010, an activity which merges her background and interest in education, historic preservation, and local history. Britta currently works as an architectural historian for EBI Consulting, an environmental consulting firm. Britta also works with the Church Street Marketplace to prepare historical reports and plaques for downtown Burlington buildings, teaches piano lessons to young children, and serves on the Winooski Planning Commission. A native New Yorker, Britta has lived full-time in Vermont since 2005 and spends much of her free time slowly repairing her 1860s vernacular home in Winooski.
Liisa Reimann Rivera
Originally from England, Liisa has lived in Burlington since 2006. She earned her Master's in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and is a principal with Blue Brick Preservation. Liisa lives in a 1954 ranch house, whose historic wooden windows she thinks are of a genius design seldom seen since, in Burlington's New North End. Liisa's passions include historic industrial buildings, firehouses, and little-known builder-architects of the vernacular landscape.
Ron Wanamaker has been a member of the Board since 2007 and has served as Vice President and President. A passionate preservationist, he continues to serve on the Education Committee for Preservation Burlington and is also a member of Burlington’s Design Advisory Board. A contractor since 1988, he has lived and worked in Burlington since 1998 and managed Wanamaker Restoration as well as Champlain Valley Millworks.
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