Senator Bernie Sanders answered questions and discussed his work in the United States Senate with 11 Close Up Students from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont. The Close Up Foundation is a D.C.-based civics program that brings students to Washington, D.C. for one week to experience their government, participate in peer-to-peer learning, and to develop the skills needed to begin a lifetime of active citizenship.
TRIO administrators and staff from Vermont colleges, and several successful Vermont TRIO alumni, visited with Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss the central role the program is playing in helping Vermont students go to college and succeed once they get there. TRIO refers to the series of federal programs that help low-income and disadvantaged Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Vermont members of community action agencies to discuss anti-poverty initiatives, workforce development issues, transportation needs of rural Vermonters, homelessness and the need for continued emergency food and home heating assistance. Included in the meeting were Tim Searles and Peggy Treanor of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Steve Geller and Pat Burke of the Southeastern Vermont Community Action Council; Paul Denton of Northeast Kingdom Community Action; and Kevin Wiberg of the Central Vermont Community Action Council.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Vermont members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network to discuss the need for repealing the Department of Defense’s discriminatory policy, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which governs military service. Pictured from left to right are: Hyun Lee, Linda Serret, Hunter Stone-Gardner and Shelly Gardner.