Scott Garren

  • signed Stop Private Prisons! 2016-08-20 08:50:27 -0400

    Stop Private Prisons!

    Please join T.J. Donovan and Rights & Democracy calling for a ban on the use of private prisons by the State of Vermont.  The Department of Justice just announced that the federal government will no longer contract with private prisons. Vermont should follow their lead.

    207 signatures

    Target: The Vermont Legislature

    We believe the use of private prisons should be eliminated in Vermont. We ask the Vermont Legislature to pass a ban of their use in order to stop the practice of sending Vermonters to out-of-state, for-profit prisons.*

    Background: The US private prison industry has exploded as a multi-billion dollar industry which turns incarcerated people into Wall Street profits.  For years, Vermont has been sending overflow prisoners to out-of-state, for-profit private prisons from Kentucky to Michigan. As the ACLU writes: “The root of the problem: all for-profit prison corporations are in the very business of generating the greatest possible profits, by any means necessary. Providing safe and humane conditions of confinement to the human beings in their custody is — at best — a distant secondary goal. The private prison industry has been a key player over the past two decades in driving the explosion of mass incarceration in the US. Families, communities, and state and local government have suffered terribly from the mass incarceration binge; the only clear winner is the private prison industry and its stockholders, making billions in revenues.”

    More Resources:

    Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform:

    Rights & Democracy Vermont:

    T.J. Donovan for VT Attorney General:  

    *By signing this petition you are agreeing to receive emails from T.J. Donovan for Vermont Attorney General and The Vermont Political Revolution Fund.

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  • signed Raise Up Vermont 2016-06-21 09:07:24 -0400

    Raise Up Vermont

    2,428 signatures


    We support raising basic standards for workers in Vermont, and call on lawmakers to:

    1. Raise job standards by making the minimum wage a livable wage.

    2. Establish family and medical leave insurance for all Vermont working families.

    3. Strengthen existing law to prevent employers from misclassifying their employees as “independent contractors” and denying the protections they are entitled to under the law.


    Right now millions of people in Vermont and across the country are struggling with poverty wages, lack of paid family and medical leave to care for their families, experience wage theft or our misclassified as independent contractors, or become ill or injured at work because of dangerous working conditions.

    Rights & Democracy believes that everyone has the right to live and raise their families in dignity. In the coming years, we believe Vermont can increasingly become a national leader for raising workplace standards.

    Please join us in helping continue to raise the standards for working people and supporting this campaign!

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  • donated 2016-01-07 19:04:19 -0500

    James' Founding Fundraising Drive

    $827.55 raised
    GOAL: $1,000.00


    Friends, family and folks I have worked with over the years -- I’d like to invite you to support my new project - Rights & Democracy, doing work to help build a movement for a more just world in Vermont and New Hampshire.

    I’ve worked incredibly hard for the better of the past two decades to create social change in a world where many people think it’s futile to even try. I’ve learned through experience that the opposite is true. We really can change things in big ways, even if we start small. We can create ripples which become waves across the country, and can build upon larger waves across the world as a global movement for human rights and true democracy. Everything does and must start locally, but our actions contribute to something much, much bigger.

    Being a parent has deepened my commitment more than I would ever had imagined. Not just feeling responsible for my kids’ futures, but thinking of all the little kids everywhere, and the kids that they will all have, and really how scary the world that they will inherit one day could look if we don't get organized to make sure it is just and sustainable. What fuels me is when I think about being able to sit down with my sons some day and explain how an economic system driven by greed was killing the planet and other species, but that my friends, the people in my community, and beyond did everything that we could to turn things around. I really believe we can make the future a success story, not a tragedy. I think we have a huge responsibility to make as much change as we possibly can and I've been blown away by all of the amazing folks who have begun coming together as members of Rights & Democracy and be part of this movement.

    I would be thrilled to have you join us and make a donation (and help me meet my goal). We have gotten off to a great start, but we can make an enormous impact over the next year with wide open elections in both states. If enough of us work together we can win. Thank you for all your support!  

    In solidarity,


    PS: If you'd rather send a check, you can mail to Rights & Democracy, 70 S. Winooski Ave. #205, Burlington, VT 05401. Thanks!


    James inviting people to join the political revolution at a packed house in Burlington on Nov. 14th. 



  • signed Home 2015-08-02 17:37:02 -0400

    Together We Win!

    Across our state people are joining together to build a movement for rights and real democracy. We’re sending the message to our elected officials that we want policies that lead to happy, healthy, and just communities for all Vermonters. Join us! 

    Sign on to our Together We Win agenda and become a member of RAD.

    2,445 signatures

    I support a Vermont where:

    • Every working person earns a livable wage and has dignified working conditions.

    • Everyone has access to quality healthcare, education, affordable housing and social supports paid for with a progressive and fair tax system.

    • We have an economy that creates good jobs while taking bold action to protect the environment and address climate change.

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