Senator Bernie Sanders met with Lynn Granger and seven other members of Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP), a nonprofit organization in Winooski, Vermont that supports grandparents and other relatives who are the primary caregivers for their young relatives. Pictured below, VKAP members display a “Vermont Kinship Quilt” created by children who attended their programs.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Wangari Maathai and Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureates and co-founders of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to discuss new approaches to solving the climate crisis. The two women were in Washington, D.C. to address a Friends of the Earth conference entitled “Creating a Climate of Change: Women, Nuclear Energy and Justice in a Warming World.”
Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Jody Williams, founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, was awarded the Prize in 1997 for her work in creating an international treaty to ban landmines.
A group of about 25 students from Essex High School in Vermont met with Senator Sanders on the steps of the United States Capitol to gain a better understanding of the work he does and how the issues being debated in Congress affect their lives. The students are all members of their high school’s “We the People” team, which won the Vermont state competition and were in Washington, D.C. representing Vermont at the national competition.
We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution is a program sponsored by the Center for Civic Education and whose goals are to promote civic competence and responsibility among students. The program consists of an academic class and a national competition, in which state teams test their knowledge before a panel of judges.
Senator Bernie Sanders congratulated Mary Ann Jakobowski (EMT Field Chief) and Crystalee O'Dell (EMT Bennington Rescue Squad) for receiving the 2008 Stars of Life Award, which honors emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics and other ambulance service personnel who "exemplify what is best about their field".