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.

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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.

Rally for Love and Unity (Let's Not Let Trump's Hate Divide Our Community) 01/07/2016

Donald Trump's visit to Burlington, VT spurs this counter celebration of the new 1Love Initiative for Racial Justice & Safe Communities across the street from where candidate Trump will speak. Community leaders and members share and learn about current initiatives for more just communities and celebrate the work we need to build an independent political movement for change. This event is coordinated by Rights & Democracy VT, with participation of groups involved with the 1Love Initiative and others working for more just communities to share their work including, Peace & Justice Center, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Workers' Center, Justie For All, Champlain Area NAACP, Vermonters For Criminal Justice Reform and Justicia Migrante Migrant Justice. If you want to help email James Haslam at

Representative Peter Welch: Importance of Advance Care Directives 01/05/2016

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) unveils his bipartisan legislation offering an incentive to Medicare beneficiaries for completing advance care directives which specify preferred medical treatment should they become unable to make their own decisions. Welch is joined by Cathy Frank, former chair of the Vermont Ethics Network, Dr. Bob Macauley, Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and Asaad Trina, a third year UVM medical student. The legislation has been endorsed by a broad coalition, including the American College of Physicians, the National Right to Life Committee, the American Nurses Association, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

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Judge Ben: Why the Judiciary Matters 12/16/2015

Judge Ben Joseph speaks with Vermont attorney Vanessa Kittell, on the Vermont Judiciary.

True North Reports TV: Syrian Refugees 12/14/2015

Host Robert Maynard, editor of True North Reports speaks to this timely issue:  'The security risk is being overestimated and the potential plusses in waging the ideological side of the WOT (War On Terrorism), as well as the possibility of intelligence gathering from refugees who are admitted, is hardly even being discussed.'

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Local Access Organizations Sign Forward Thinking Agreement with Burlington Telecom

An interactive program guide, HD channels, video on demand, improving local PEG channel quality, are just a few examples of this agreement meeting community needs for the creation and distribution of locally produced media. Creatives, citizens, nonprofits, activists and local municipalities all avail themselves of community access services. The support of Burlington Telecom for the work of local community access centers shows a continued support for the citizens and residents of Burlington. 


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