Wednesday, January 26, 2011
What you can do: Burlington's controversial partnership with Lockheed-Martin
Burlington neighbors are concerned:
at the prospect of Lockheed engineers working with kids inside Burlington schools; at the lack of transparency and public comment with which the Kiss administration brokered this most unlikely of partnerships; at Lockheed's long reputation for fraud, discrimination, environmental degradation and war profiteering; and at how this could let Lockheed privatize existing climate change efforts.
More background can be found here: http://www.towardfreedom.com/home/americas/2245-lockheed-martin-and-burlington
What you can do:
The obvious, first easy step is to get folks to call and email Mayor Kiss.
Set up a meeting with your City Councilor to discuss your concerns over this secretive deal with the world's largest war profiteer. Ask City Councilors to pass a resolution asking for transparency and partnering the City with our award winning local climate change non-profits and companies instead of Lockheed. Contact info for all 14 Councilors can be found here: http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/citycouncil/councilors/
Organize your neighbors against the controversial Lockheed deal this Sunday January 30th 11am at Viva Espresso. We'll fan out across the city with fliers and petitions:
Make and hang art standing up for Burlington and against Lockheed. Feel free to print and display the attached art by Burlington artist Liza Cowen
Have a Letter to the Editor writing party with friends:
The more media activism the better: letters to the editor, op=eds, radio call in shows, social media, etc.
Join the Facebook group
Come Speak Out at the February 7th City Council Meeting: Public Comment starts at 7:30 p.m.
Then there is the Workers Center's Climate Change Event, Thursday, January 27 · 6:00pm 294 North Winooski: another great opportunity to build opposition to this awful contract across movements.http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152059668180042