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Democracy Forum: “The State of Democracy in Brattleboro”
15 November, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Discussion with Kurt Daims of Brattleboro Common Sense (BCS) following his views on the recent history of democracy, free speech and the petition process in Brattleboro. BCS advances common sense and fairness in town government, making global issues local. Their current agenda addresses civil rights, environment, economic fairness, and local democratic process.
Since 2008 BCS has led or advanced:
Bush Indictment Resolution
True Pardon Resolution for plea-bargaining re Bush war crimes
EMDOVY Resolution for legislative study on forcing closure and cleanup of Vermont Yankee reactor because of economic threat
VT District Court decision ending selectboards censorship of resolutions
Clean Air Resolution, joining “Clean Air Cities” to demand application of the Clean Air Act to atmospheric carbon.
Resolution to reverse the Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision
Budget Referendum 2015, saving $2M on the Police-Fire project
Voter Suppression / Election Reform amendments March 2015 (lost Vt Supreme Court decision 2015)
Lowering the voting age for local issues. It’s only “Common Sense”: no taxation without representation. Teenagers pay taxes, too.
Conscious Community Policing.
It’s common sense: shooting accidents will not happen if police do not routinely carry fire-arms: verbal de-escalation training for police.
Brattleboro has enough studies about fuel costs and our carbon footprint in town buildings. A little common sense says to wear long underwear and turn down the thermostat.
Local Wall Street Tax.
Four new revenue streams gaining revenue from securities (stocks, etc) which are a tremendous tax shelter.
Equal representation at rep town meeting.
Reversing centralization of power in the Selectboard.