Turn Up the Heat on Private Prisons (and Gov. Scott)!

Vermonters don’t want for-profit prisons in our state, and they have been letting Gov. Phil Scott know! There has been an outpouring of activism–from every corner of our community–aimed at keeping companies that profit off of mass incarceration out of the Green Mountain State:
But there is still more work to do. 

Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters

Governor Phil Scott gave his budget address and we were listening closely to his plans for our public schools.

Save Our Schools

Gov. Scott sent lawmakers a memo last week with items that included a $30 million cut from next year’s school budgets and proposed everything from a cap on per-pupil spending to school consolidation. In his budget address, Gov. Scott continued to call for reductions in school staff, saying the state should increase the staff to student ratio, from 4-to-1 to 5-to-1, over the next five years. Continue reading “Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters”

Phil Scott Wants to Bring For-Profit Prisons to Vermont


Call Phil Scott and tell him that the private prison industry does not belong in Vermont!

How did Governor Phil Scott honor Martin Luther King day? He announced plans for a multi-million dollar, private prison. This would be Vermont’s first ever for-profit prison and the private prison industry is chomping at the bit.

Contact Info:
Phone: 802 828-3333
TTY: 800 649-6825
Fax: 802 828-3339

Suggested Script:
My name is [your name] and I am calling from [your town and zip code]. I want Governor Scott to know that that I oppose his plan to privatize our state prisons. Private, for-profit prisons will not benefit our communities, and will only enrich those who seek to profit off of human bondage. Vermont has an opportunity to be at the forefront of the national call for prison reform, and I would like Governor Scott to seek other alternatives to reducing prison costs and the number of people incarcerated by the state. Any move toward bringing the corrupt private prison industry to our State will cost you my vote.

Lt. Gov. Zuckerman’s Guide to Political Activism

The Indivisible Guide helped spur movement across the nation, driving ordinary people to activism. And it has been a tremendous resource for helping us resist the Trump Agenda on a national level, but for those of us with Democratic Members of Congress, it often feels like we can do more. Well, thanks to Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, Vermonters now have a guide to action on a more local level. Continue reading “Lt. Gov. Zuckerman’s Guide to Political Activism”