You could not have picked a better time to rise to Senator Sanders' challenge to become involved in the political process. You have a unique opportunity, right now, to bring the political revolution back home to Vermont.
By taking part, you will bring your unique voice and perspective to your local Progressive Party. You will be able to help send delegates to decision-making caucuses at the County and State level, take part in choosing dynamic local party leaders, and help decide the direction and actions of your local Committee of the Progressive Party.
The Progressive Party is active in advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage, healthcare for all, free public college and divesting the state from fossil fuels. By becoming locally involved with the party, you can take an active role in promoting this progressive platform in your community and across the state.
In order to participate in your town caucus, you need to…
Be a registered voter in the town.
Have not attended the caucus of another party.
If you meet these qualifications, and turn up to your town caucus, you will automatically be eligible to be on the Town Committee and have voting rights within the local party.
September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brooks Memoical Library – Local History Room, 224 Main St
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States + Google Map
September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Multigenerational Center, 241 N Winooski Ave
Burlinton, VT United States + Google Map
September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mackville Pond Hardwick, VT United States + Google Map
September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Upper Valley Food Co-op Classroom, 193 N Main St
White River Junction, VT 05001 United States + Google Map
Your town may not have a chapter of the Progressive Party yet - but that's all right, you can start one!
Organizing more towns helps the Progressive Party advance their legislative agenda and grows our base of support to elect more Progressive candidates locally and statewide.
You will need to set a date, time and location for your caucus and it will need to be held before the end of September.
If you are interested in organizing a local caucus, please call the Progressive Party at (802)229-0800 or reach out to Joshua Wronski at [email protected] no later than September 22nd.
Town committee members provide the base of support for any successful Progressive campaign. They are responsible for nominating candidates for State Representative and other local town offices, and for taking public positions on local issues. By participating in your town caucuses, you will be able to elect county caucus delegates - who in turn elect state delegates, meaning your vote will have an impact on every step of the party's leadership! Serving on the County, State or Statewide Coordinating Committee provides an increasing level of responsibility and decision making power over the direction of the Party.
Town caucuses happen Sept 15th - Sept 30th. Caucus goers may be elected to the position of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and as delegates to their county caucus.
County caucuses happen Oct 21st - Oct 28th. The county delegates elect a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Assist Treasurer, and State Committee Delegates.
The State Convention will happen in mid-November. Any town, county, or state committee member is a voting delegate to the State Convention. Delegates are responsible for amending the Party bylaws, amending the platform, and electing additional State Committee Delegates if necessary. The convention is open to the public and anyone may participate, but only town and county committee members have voting rights at the convention.
State Committee delegates elect the members of the Statewide Coordinating Committee at the Convention. Coordinating Committee positions include Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Secretary, and six at-large seats.
Town Committee members are responsible for nominating/endorsing candidates for State Representative and other local positions. They also respond to and take positions on local town issues and help grow the town party.
County Committee members are responsible for nominating/endorsing candidates for State Senate. They also respond to and take positions on county wide issues and take the lead on countywide organizing and party building.
State Committee Delegates meet quarterly at state committee meetings, elect officers and members to the Statewide Coordinating Committee, help set statewide policy and direction, pass resolutions, and nominate candidates for statewide office. They are also members of various issue-based working groups.
The Coordinating Committee is responsible for setting Party Policy, taking public positions on issues, overseeing staff, and assisting with Party growth. Decisions of the Coordinating Committee are made at monthly meetings and by email.
Party Chair: Public face of the Party. Directs day to day Party activities.
Vice Chair: Assists the Chair and acts as Chair when needed.
Treasurer: Responsible for overseeing financial records and fundraising.
Assistant Treasurer: Assists the treasurer in preparing financial reports.
Secretary: Keeps minutes of Coordinating Committee and State Committee meetings.
The first step to serving on any of these committees is by showing up to the town caucuses - so please take a few hours this month to take that step, and be a part of the political revolution!