"Restore Our Communities" TV series #2, Dec., 2013
Suzi interviews TJ Donovan and Bob Bick on the War on Drugs
"Restore Our Communities" TV series #1, Nov., 2013
Suzi interviews John Gorczyk and Kathy Fox on restorative justice
The Solutions Journal, Oct. 2013
Suzi argues against private prisons
Progressive Party TV
Suzi talks with Richard Kemp about drugs and more
Town Meeting TV
Rob Reiber talks with Curt McCormick and Suzi, March 2013
MLK panel on CCTV
Why the disproportionate number of minorities in Vermont's jails?
Joey Donovan, Barbara Rachelson and me, Oct., 2012
Suzi on Facebook
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AP's Wilson Ring reports on Suzi's bill in the BFP
Under the Golden Dome
Suzi talks about her fair-compensation bill and her race-bias bill. (Click above, and scroll to 6:23.)
Under the Golden Dome
Suzi talks about her bill to increase transparency of tax credits
"Keep Space for Peace," 10/6/09, with SW, Joseph Gainza, Maggie Gunderson, Margaret Harrington [CCTV Ch. 17]
"What Just Happened?": a view from the State House (and other musings)
November 21, 2013
As most people know by now, the U.S. imprisons more people than any other country in the world. We have 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. This is a result of public policies that are also familiar to most people at this point. This is key: public policies.
Too often in Vermont we point the finger at the Vt. Dept. of Corrections, (more…)
September 3, 2013
A message from WAND (Women's Action for New Directions):
We grieve the loss of life and the unpardonable sin of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The evidence of Syrian government responsibility must be brought to the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court for multilateral actions. Those responsible should be (more…)
August 18, 2013
Equating blackness with criminality has become especially virulent in this country, as we all saw so vividly in the case of Trayvon Martin. We will never know what went on in George Zimmerman’s mind, but it seems clear to many of us that he followed Martin because Martin was black, which for many (more…)
May 15, 2013
The GE (genetically engineered) labeling bill that the House passed last week does two things. First, it requires GE foods to be labeled, and, second, it prohibits the use of the word "natural" on those foods. There are three legal issues to consider, having to do with commercial speech, the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, (more…)
January 14, 2013
Why is it that whenever certain policymakers talk about education or jobs in Vermont, the wail goes up about "keeping our young people at home"? Why in the world would we want to discourage young people from stepping out into the broader world? In case anyone hasn't noticed, Vermont is a very small place!
December 9, 2012
I was asked to second the Speaker's nomination at the Democratic Caucus gathering on Dec. 8 , which I did happily:
It is my privilege to second the nomination of Shap Smith for Speaker.
I came into the legislature the same time Shap began his tenure as Speaker. For four years I have been observing how things get done around here. Who has (more…)
November 12, 2012
Every November, thousands of people--human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, nuns, artists and others--gather at the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia, to call for the school’s closing. This infamous “school,” run by the U.S. Army until 2000, continues to train military personnel, primarily from Latin and Central America, in a military curriculum that, according to training manuals released by the Pentagon in 1996, advocates targeting civilians, extrajudicial executions, (more…)
October 22, 2012
This is the time of year when it’s important to remember what really matters, so that we’re voting our deepest values. So what are the most important issues? For me, after climate change, the most pressing issue is the increasing income gap between rich and poor—or more accurately (more…)
September 12, 2012
Aside from the fact that you can't leave, the worst thing about a women's prison is the noise. The drama. You can't get away from it. Women talk--a lot. They bitch, they complain, they argue, they seek connection with each other constantly, whether through confrontation or support. Any prison is its own world, made up (more…)
May 9, 2012
So, what about taxes?
There were no broad-based tax increases, but rather tax changes to put money in Vermonters' pockets at a time they need it most. They are designed to promote fairness and economic competitiveness and help sustain our schools and state infrastructure. Vermonters will now be able to, among other things:
• be exempt from the doubling of interest and dividend income in the property tax adjustment, if they're over 65 (more…)