'Economy for All' tour comes to Bennington April 14

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BENNINGTON — What are the issues that matter most to Vermonters and what can we do to address them?

That's the focus of a meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School St. Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman will be the guest speaker.

The meeting is one stop on a statewide "Economy for All Town Hall Tour of Vermont" in March and April sponsored by the Rights & Democracy Education Fund. The fund is the 501(c)(3) sister organization to Rights & Democracy.

The Bennington Town Hall is also being sponsored by the Vermont-NEA, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Vermont, Green Mountain Self-Advocates, Rights & Democracy of Bennington and Vermont Interfaith Action.

Topics will include racial justice, raising the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, universal health care, ensuring clean water, a just transition to a 100% real renewable future and more. Among the speakers will be local legislators, community leaders and community members who are working on ways to solve these issues in their community or across the state.

"Events like allow political leaders a chance to hear first-hand from their constituents," Zuckerman said in a release. "I personally look forward to this opportunity to listen to Vermonters and better understand the day to day issues they are facing and the ideas they have for our state."

"At a time when legislators are debating and discussing some of the most important issues facing out state, if not our country, we see these forums as a way to bring people together to talk about their shared experiences and facilitate a discussion about what they want see for solutions in their communities," said James Haslam, executive director of RAD.

Hundreds of people have turned out to Town Halls in Bellows Falls, Rutland, St. Albans, Hardwick, Waitsfield and Vergennes. After Bennington, there is one final Town Hall in White River Junction on April 22.

This event is free and open to the public.

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