3 Dec 2016

A Vermont Resolution of Justice and Determination

Submitted by admin

WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, Vermont will remain a place of compassion, commitment to community, and fierce dedication to equal rights and justice. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this state great. This is the state of freedom and unity, and will evermore remain so.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in Vermont. We recognized civil unions in 2000 and same-sex marriage in 2009, and we are not stopping now. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and Vermont will never stop fighting for you; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray, party, harvest, or build together; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we embrace the principles of "Black Lives Matter" in predominantly white - but increasingly diverse - Vermont. And guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue reforming our police departments and rebuilding trust between police and people of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax. Period. It is a real, present, and tangible threat to the well-being of the world. It is also an opportunity to build just, healthy, and restorative systems. In this state, blessed with the Extremely Good (and momentarily Great) Lake Champlain, numerous rivers, mountains, forests, and working lands, science matters. And we will continue our work on achieving 90% renewable energy by 2050, Zero Waste, increasing access to public transportation, expanding and strengthening our networks of fresh, organic, non-GMO, local food, educating our students to be climate-literate citizens, insulating our homes, rejecting fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and everything else possible to protect future generations; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we believe that healthcare is a human right, and aspire to create a system of universal healthcare for every Vermonter. Even if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, we will continue along our current path; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are a state made stronger by our proximity to Canada and the numerous national and international visitors we welcome every day. We will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That Vermont will continue to support the development of Complete Streets, and champion biking, walking, car-pooling, van-pooling, public transportation, and other forms of green powered, non-single occupancy vehicle transportation; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That while Vermont is a small place with only 650,000 people, we are determined to promote Vermont values under all circumstances. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for federal dollars; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake. That although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in Vermont, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values. We argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within the Green Mountain State, but on these points we are 100 percent united. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are a brave little state. We are Vermont Strong. We will move forward in a spirit of liberty and we will move forward together.