Articles by: Michael Shank

We Need an Urgent Response to Vermont’s Armed White Supremacists

We Need an Urgent Response to Vermont’s Armed White Supremacists

September 14, 2021 at 11:51 am

BENNINGTON BANNER 09/14/21 By Michael Shank This summer, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked 10 U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked first. The state’s impressive COVID-19 response, and strong public health spending, boosted its spot. But what’s paradoxical about this […]

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‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

‘Best State’ Rankings Ignore Armed White Supremacy

September 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm

VTDIGGER 09/08/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked ten U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked […]

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A Patriot Front sticker is seen on a historic marker sign in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The Patriot Front is considered a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Facing White Supremacy

August 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/28/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/28/2021 By Michael Shank Last month, in an online report of “America’s Best Places to Live in 2021,” which ranked 10 U.S. states as “America’s most welcoming,” Vermont ranked first. The state’s impressive COVID-19 response and strong public health spending boosted its spot. But what’s […]

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Climate Change Threatens Americans’ Rights to Life, Liberty and Property

Climate Change Threatens Americans’ Rights to Life, Liberty and Property

August 25, 2021 at 2:33 pm

REUTERS 08/24/21 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Raul Grijalva Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) is chair of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Michael Shank is communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. No matter your politics, you’re seeing the harmful impacts […]

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Vermont Conversation: Is Vermont Fertile Ground for White Extremists?

Vermont Conversation: Is Vermont Fertile Ground for White Extremists?

August 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm

VT DIGGER 08/18/21 By David Goodman An extremist movement led by angry and entitled white men is spreading throughout the country, and Vermont is providing fertile ground for their violent hatred. That’s the contention of Michael Shank, a resident of Brandon, who says he is moving in order to escape […]

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Vermont Condones Bullies

Vermont Condones Bullies

August 11, 2021 at 1:19 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/11/2021 TIMES ARGUS 08/11/2021 By Michael Shank There’s a movement metastasizing across America. It’s well armed, it’s extreme, and it’s led largely by white men. They’re enraged, they’re feeling entitled, and they’re taking ground wherever it’s given. And while the movement clearly got new wind in its sails […]

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Zero Begins with Z: Generation Z’s Quest for a Clean Future

Zero Begins with Z: Generation Z’s Quest for a Clean Future

August 10, 2021 at 1:40 pm

KNOLL 08/10/21 As individuals, communities, and companies increasingly turn their focus to improving the environment, how do we prioritize our commitment to carbon reduction and align a common approach to progress? Uncover the strategies trailblazing organizations are taking to protect the planet for generations to come. Guests Michael Shank, PhD […]

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White extremism is winning in my Vermont town. I’m selling my animal sanctuary and moving.

White extremism is winning in my Vermont town. I’m selling my animal sanctuary and moving.

August 4, 2021 at 10:11 am

USA TODAY 08/04/21 By Michael Shank There’s a movement metastasizing across America. It’s well armed, it’s extreme, and it’s led largely by white men. They’re enraged, they’re feeling entitled, and they’re taking ground wherever it’s given. And while the movement clearly got new wind in its sails under the Trump […]

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Climate Refugees

Climate Refugees

August 3, 2021 at 9:16 am

RUTLAND HERALD 07/31/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/31/21 By Michael Shank When environmental solutions to the climate crisis come with socio-economic benefits, it’s a win-win. While these co-benefits are inherent to most climate solutions, they’re not always effectively communicated or efficiently coordinated. Take this problem in need of a solution. Large carbon-emitting […]

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Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

Rich Countries Need to Step Up on Climate Crisis

July 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm

VTDIGGER 07/23/21 By Michael Shank and US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke This column is by U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York and Dr. Michael Shank of Brandon. Clarke is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and co-chair of the Smart Cities Caucus. Shank is communications director for […]

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