Thank you!

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Thank you so much to Chittenden 6-4 voters for sending me back to Montpelier to represent you for another two years! And to everyone who supported my campaign. Even with a bare bones, unopposed campaign, there is so much to do and the amount of people who pitched in is humbling. This was the only photo I managed to take all day, because the polls were so busy, which was exhilarating. I’m so excited that we have an even stronger collective voice in the VT House to move issues like raising the wage and enacting paid family leave, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with so many of you. The day after I was re-elected, someone called me to talk to me about a decade-old criminal justice system interaction that is preventing them from employment and housing opportunities. Later that night I met with a group of students who are working to end campus sexual assaults. There is so much to do to bend that arc toward justice and I’m so grateful and honored to be in a position to work for change. THANK YOU!

Re-elect Selene Colburn & Brian Cina

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I’m asking for your support for my re-election to the Vermont House of Representatives, for Burlington’s Chittenden 6-4 District, with my district mate Brian Cina.

Together we’ve worked for a strong public education system, livable wages and working conditions, criminal justice reform, healthcare access, an end to systematic racism, and compassionate relief for the opioid and mental health crises.

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent my neighbors, first on Burlington’s city council and now in the Vermont state legislature. I’m continually impressed by the thoughtfulness, compassion, and advocacy of my constituents. I promise to work for you and all Vermonters, to create a state where all are truly welcome and able to thrive.

 

February News and Updates

It’s been an amazing experience representing my constituents as a city councilor and state representative at a time when progressive policies and values are more needed than ever. I am so grateful for all the support, encouragement and challenges that keep me doing this work. Thank you!

Burlington City Council

  • Along with councilors, police commissioners and advocates, I continue to work for more community engagement in discussions about oversight of our police department. Last month, the mayoral administration and majority of councilors opposed a resolution I co-sponsored that would have created a task force for input from representatives of marginalized communities. Rather than give up, the council’s Public Safety committee (under the leadership of Sara Moore Giannoni) is working collaboratively to build common ground with the administration and ensure a community input process that works for all.
  • Don’t forget to vote on Town Meeting Day, March 7th! We’ll have an opportunity to weigh in on a school budget and capital improvement bond, a state $15 per hour minimum wage, councilor pay, district representation and a number of small charter changes. For more on the election, see https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CT/Elections.
Selene meets with Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) and her co-councilor, Max Tracy, at UVM Medical Center to learn about their efforts to organize for livable wages and safer working conditions.

Vermont Statehouse

Scenes from the Judiciary committee.

Events and Action

  • Opioid Town Hall Meeting, March 16th, Contois Auditorium @ Burlington City Hall, 6 p.m. Come learn about the principles guiding Burlington’s response to the opioid crisis and share your concerns and solutions.
  • Join me with the Vermont Sierra Club at a short film screening and discussion on how to protect bees from dangerous pesticides. March 15th, 6:30 p.m. Taplin Auditorium-Second Floor-CHRIST CHURCH | Episcopal, 64 State Street, Montpelier. Email robb.kidd@sierraclub.org for more information.
  • Celebrate International Women’s Day, Saturday March 18th from 1-3 p.m. at the King Street Youth Center (87 King St.) in Burlington.
  • Every Friday, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman holds a coffee with constituents from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the statehouse. All are welcome. Learn more about ways to get involved at http://ltgov.vermont.gov/.

 

Take Action! Week of 2/4/2017

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Sunday, 2/5/2017

  • Take the Fair Housing survey to help the City of Burlington, the Burlington Housing Authority, and the Winooski Housing Authority understand more about housing and neighborhood issues.
  • Join the Ceremony of Solidarity and Protection at Geprags Park in Hinesburg from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Week of Action VT to protest the final construction of the Vermont Gas Pipeline. No new fossil fuel infrastructure!

Monday, 2/6/2017

  • Come to Burlington City Council at 7 p.m. at Contois Auditorium. Share your feedback on continued negotiations for the Burlington Town Center development project.
  • You can also speak out in a support of a resolution I’ve co-sponsored with Progressive colleagues, thanks to the leadership of Councilor Giannoni. The resolution would form a task force on community oversight of police with representatives from the “ACLU, LGBTQ, communities of color, mental health community, Police Commission, Police Department,survivors of domestic and sexual violence, youth, homeless community, and refugee and immigrant communities.” I’m hearing the administration prefers to bring forward a set of recommendations without the engagement this resolution calls for and will likely oppose it, so please come speak up for COMMUNITY INPUT ON COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT OF POLICING if that’s important to you.

Tuesday, 2/7/2017

Wednesday, 2/8/2017

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Thursday, 2/9/2017

Friday, 2/10/2017

Saturday, 2/11/2017

  • Demand that TD Bank divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline, as part of the Week of Action VT.  The group’s Facebook page says that protestors will gather at the Burlington Waterfront at 8:30 a.m. for an action at 10:30am at TD Bank at 111 Main St, Burlington.
  • Many of us are concerned about Governor Scott’s proposals to level fund local school spending and interfere with collective bargaining.  Join legislators and the Burlington School District for a Community Discussion on Education Funding in VT, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., at the Edmunds Middle School cafeteria.

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January News

It’s hard to know where to start, given the outrageous and unforgivable acts served up by our new presidential administration over the last week. From cutting off access to reproductive healthcare worldwide to banning refugees from entering the country, they have shown no mercy or respect for basic human rights. The work that we are doing together in state and local government feels more important than ever. I am committed to working hard for progressive policy that benefits Vermonters, while raising my voice against hateful and hurtful national mandates.

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City Council

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Vermont Statehouse

Governor Scott’s budget address shocked Vermonters this past week, as he suggested level-funding local school budgets via a special election on May 23rd, while requiring teachers to pay more for healthcare benefits. This would result in an estimated 3 million dollars of staffing cuts to Burlington’s carefully planned FY 2018 budget and $10,000 worth of special election costs. More details of the proposal can be found here. If you’re concerned about Governor Scott’s proposal to eliminate local control of school budgets and what it means for Burlington, please speak up and contact him.

• Last week I introduced my first bill. It’s a bold proposal to combat opiate addiction by adding safer consumption sites to Vermont’s harm reduction toolkit. While the idea is understandably unsettling, it’s been proven to reduce deaths, get more people into treatment and cut down on discarded needles and public drug use, without increasing crime. We owe it to the many Vermonters and their loved ones affected by opiate addiction to strongly commit to results-based approaches that save lives.

• I’m proud to be a co-signer on paid family leave and $15 an hour minimum wage bills this session. In Burlington, city council approved a town meeting day question that will let voters weigh in via an advisory question to the legislature on a $15 an hour minimum wage. Let your voice be heard in support of working Vermonters!

• I was elected as Clerk of the Climate Solutions Caucus, a group of representatives, senators and advocates who meet every Tuesday at noon in Room 10 of the statehouse. Please join us if you’re interested in learning more, and follow VT Climate Caucus on Facebook for updates.

Take action!

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Continue speaking out against discriminatory immigration and refugee policies:

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Many white Vermonters, including myself, need to recognize the bias and hatred that’s already present and directed at people of color in our communities. Let’s do the hard work of acknowledging privilege and dismantling racism in our own lives, and get involved in one or more of the numerous organizations working for racial justice in Vermont:

Thank you

Standing up with so many of you over the last week and a half has given me a lot of hope. Injustice didn’t start with Trump, but I hope we are waking up to our collective power. Keep loving, keep fighting. Together we win!

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