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Many Vermonters would be stunned to learn that some eighty years ago, our legislature passed a law enabling the sterilization of Vermonters who had been determined to be “undesirables,” people from targeted groups that included Abenakis and French Canadian immigrants. The 1931 sterilization law was designed to reduce the number of people seen as placing […]

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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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Stephen Mendelsohn Nails the Difference between Proponents and Opponents: “We” vs. “Me, Myself, and I”

The first link is to a video of Stephen Mendelsohn’s fantastic speech at the Second Thought news conference in Connecticut this week.  The second is to a transcript of the same remarks at the press conference, which he writes were substantially the same as his testimony in the legislature. Stephen Mendelsohn Nails the Difference between […]

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