As during much of 2013, Vermont’s November employment numbers released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provide a mixed message. The unemployment rate inched down to 4.4 percent, mainly because fewer Vermonters are looking for work. At the same time, employers reported 2,200 more Vermonters on the job than in October, with most of those newcomers in traditionally low-wage service sectors.
The Peace & Justice Center is proud to sponsor a talk at Burlington City Hall TONIGHT, December 10 – International Human Rights Day – at 7:00pm by well known Vermont constitutional and criminal defense attorney David Sleigh.
Sleigh, the founder of Sleigh Law in St. Johnsbury, is an avid defender of civil liberties and prisoner’s rights. He has represented inmates locally, nationally and in Guantanamo Bay. On behalf of his client there, an Afghani citizen, he filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus four years ago. The US has never filed a response.
LYNDONVILLE—The Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) and the Public Assets Institute (PAI) will face off this winter in a series of three debates on the proper role of government in education. Lyndon State College will host the opening debate Friday, December 13, 2013, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Burke Mountain Room on the fourth floor of the Samuel Read Hall Library.
Watch this short video of a group of PJC staff, interns and volunteers performing on Church Street to encourage people to learn more about Guantanamo Bay and the human rights abuses that continue to happen there.
If you are interested in joining us we may do this again on Monday (December 9th), contact Kyle for more information (email@example.com or 802-863-2345 x6). Thank you for watching!
With comprehensive immigration reform continuing its arduous path through Congress, states continue to work on their own tracks, passing reasonable, humane, and economically beneficial immigration policies. In addition to measures like tuition equity, this includes bills that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. This week, Connecticut became the latest state to pass such a bill, while California saw bipartisan support emerge for theirs -- yet more evidence of how the politics around immigration reform may be shifting:
This past week was saturated with crisis and tragedy following the events in Boston and Texas, but it also saw significant developments on two critical issues before the U.S. Senate that would likely have otherwise fully gripped the nation's attention. On guns, an already-weakened bipartisan compromise on universal background checks was blocked in the Senate by a minority of senators, ending for now the fight to pass any federal legislation in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. On immigration, the long-awaited full text of the so called "Gang of 8" immigration bill was released, drawing support from the White House, conditional praise from some advocates, and stoking opposition among anti-immigrant forces. With the ability of Congress to pass legislation on any major issue now perhaps even more in question, both issues also continued to play out on the state level this week as well: