Burlington Free University: The Public Library in a Capitalist Society 01/28/2016

Marc Estrin hosts Burlington Fletcher Free Librarians Barbara Shatara and Emer Feeney, as well as library patron Jim Glade on perspectives on 'The Public Library in a Capitalist Society'.

Preservation Burlington: Social Media and Historic Preservation 01/28/2016

Whether you are trying to reach out to volunteers for cemetery restoration, increase attendance at a historic museum, or just raise awareness of local history and our built heritage this is the show for you.

Ron Wanamaker and Liisa Reimann welcome Kaitlin O’Shea of the web blog Preservation in Pink and formally of Vtrans where she was part of the team that monitored historic resources that might be impacted by transportation projects throughout Vermont.

Also, Erin Barnaby joins the conversation. Erin is from Shelburne Museum where she maintains and encourages blogs from the disparate departments that keep the place running and interesting. Erin also teaches about media at St. Michael’s College.

And Preservation Burlington's own Liisa Reimann, web host of Preservation Burlington's website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, shares her insights into making sure the word goes out about Preservation Burlington's work and resources.

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Treatment Not Terrorism 01/22/2016

Local activist Albert Petrarca speaks to patterns in the emerging Miro/del Pozo style of policing and its connection to the growing gentrification of Burlington.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations: Racial Profiling - A Community Response 01/18/2016

As part of Burlington's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance, The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center hosts a panel discussing Racial Profiling: A Community Response.  Panelists include Stephanie Seguino, T.J. Donovan, Bill Lippert, and Yacobre Bogre. Moderated by Robert Appel.

The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations: Keynote Speaker Ilyasah Shabazz 01/17/2016

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center hosts keynote speaker Ilyasah Shabazz, civil rights activist, author, and third daughter of Malcolm X, delivers the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day keynote address. Ms. Shabazz is known for her memoir, Growing up X, for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Literary Work.

At the event, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center honors this year’s recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award: Jan Demers, Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), for her work helping homeless and economically disadvantaged community members; and Jay Diaz, Public Advocate for the ACLU of Vermont, for his untiring work to promote stability, access, and equal opportunity to low income Vermont children.

The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.

Form - Based Codes: What, Where & Why? 01/13/2016

National and local speakers come together to answer the big questions about Form Based Codes: what are they, where are they being used, and why are they being considered in Burlington? The panel provides a range of information and perspectives on creating and using form-based development standards as part of local land use regulations.

Panelists include: Lee Einsweiler from Code Studio in Austin, TX, who’s a national expert on the creation of land development codes, speaking about the use of building form elements in zoning codes from a national perspective. Regina Mahoney, AICP, from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, shares the experiences of other Vermont towns in incorporating form-based codes into land use regulations. David White, AICP, Director of the Burlington Dept. of Planning & Zoning, provides context on why Burlington is crafting form-based regulations and how they will fit into the context of the City’s existing zoning. Andy Montroll, Planning Commissioner & Chair of the City’s Joint Form-Based Code Committee, speaks to the Joint City Council & Planning Commission process being used to develop Burlington's own code and its most important features.

For More Information:  Link to Agenda here

Democratic Caucus - Rising Prescription Drug Prices 01/12/2016

Ahead of the State of the Union, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA-34) and Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Peter Welch (D-VT) hold a press call to discuss new plans to investigate rising prescription drug prices in 2016.

Under the Dome: 2016 LCRCC Legislative Breakfast Series on the Future of Vermont and the Four Year Term 01/11/2016

The first of the 2016 Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast Series features Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) providing an update and laying out his priorities for the year. Then former Governors Howard Dean (D) and Jim Douglas (R) will join the discussion on the future of Vermont and the four year term.

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The 2016 Legislative Breakfast Series is sponsored by NEFCU. 

Senator Patrick Leahy: Effort Towards Lowering Vermont Utility Bills 01/08/2016

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Governor Peter Shumlin announce new multi-million dollar loan fund aimed at helping Vermont residents and small businesses improve their energy efficiency and lower their utility bills. USDA is making the investment through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, supported by Senator Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Leahy is a leading member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees USDA. The project will be carried out by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and this is the largest investment USDA has made through the EECLP.

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Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump Rally 01/07/2016

The front runner Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump rallies at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on his first trip to Vermont -- and the community responds.

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