As he toured the largest solar power facility in North America, Senator Bernie Sanders announced today that he will introduce legislation to encourage the installation of 10 million rooftop solar units on homes and businesses.
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Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser joined Senator Bernie Sanders at a town meeting in Burlington on food - who grows it, what it costs, where it comes from and why Vermont "which has this great long history of agriculture," as Schlosser put it "is in the avant-garde in this country of moving into a truly sustainable agricultural economy." Added Sanders, "This state is probably in the forefront of a movement to a new type of agriculture, not a corporate agriculture, not an industrial agriculture, but an agriculture that's concerned about localism, good quality food, supporting our family farmers, and making sure that the food that we eat is affordable." Several hundred people turned out at Burlington City Hall for the town meeting.
Senator Sanders met with Jessie Ebersole of Montpelier. She was the Vermont state winner of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Peace Essay Contest. This contest is designed for high school students to consider, and write about, the role of the United States in the international community.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Eli Gale of Goshen, Vermont. He is a member of the National Youth Leadership Conference; a program that brings high school students from around the country to Washington, D.C. in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the political process.
Nearly 450 people turned out to attend two Town Meetings on Veterans Issues sponsored by Senator Sanders, one in South Burlington and the other in White River Junction on Monday June 23rd. Veterans Affairs Secretary, Dr. James Peake, spent the day in Vermont at the Senator's invitation meeting with veterans, VA Medical Center and Vermont National Guard leadership. Below are some photographs of the day's events.