Articles by: Michael Shank

Local Writing Contest Seeks Student Solutions to Problems

Local Writing Contest Seeks Student Solutions to Problems

July 7, 2020 at 1:59 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 06/02/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — A local man who organized an environmental film contest for local students is now hosting a writing competition, also with cash prizes. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, adjunct faculty member at New York University Center for […]

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Brandon Working on Expanded Animal Ordinance

Brandon Working on Expanded Animal Ordinance

July 1, 2020 at 10:24 am

RUTLAND HERALD 06/30/20 By Keith Whitcomb, Jr.  BRANDON — Several months after more than 100 animals were removed from a property on Kimball Road, the town is working on updating and improving its animal control ordinances. Last week, the Select Board started talking about the new draft ordinance that would […]

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GMP Has App to Let Customers Support Small Biz and Nonprofits

GMP Has App to Let Customers Support Small Biz and Nonprofits

June 25, 2020 at 11:29 am

RUTLAND HERALD 06/25/20 By Patrick McArdle  Green Mountain Power kicked off a program Wednesday that will allow customers to donate solar credits to small businesses recovering from the loss of income caused by the pandemic. It joins an enhanced rebate program as ways to decrease fossil fuel use in responsible […]

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3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

3 Ways to Launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

June 17, 2020 at 9:46 pm

THE HILL 06/17/20 By Michael Shank It’s time for a global divestment campaign against the factory farming industry. It has now proved itself to be as harmful to human health as the fossil fuel industry. While air pollution is prematurely killing 7 million humans annually — for which fossil fuels, […]

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Time to Divest from Factory Farming

Time to Divest from Factory Farming

June 16, 2020 at 11:34 pm

VTDIGGER 06/16/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. It’s time for a global divestment campaign against the factory farming industry, which has now proved itself to be as harmful to human […]

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The Military Must be De-Funded Along with the Police

The Military Must be De-Funded Along with the Police

June 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

COUNTERPUNCH 06/15/20 By Daniel Kovalik As Vijay Prashad explains in his book, Red Star Over The Third World, domestic fascism in the West has reflected the West’s pre-existing colonial practices abroad. Citing Martinique communist Aimé Césaire, Prashad explains: “What had come to define fascism inside Europe through the experience of […]

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The Government Is Arming Police for War. Reform Can Start Right There

The Government Is Arming Police for War. Reform Can Start Right There

June 11, 2020 at 8:17 am

NEWSWEEK 06/11/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson America’s streets are looking increasingly like countries we dismiss as petty dictatorships and rogue states. Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and Humvees are now patrolling cities all across America. We saw it at Standing Rock. We saw it in Ferguson. We saw […]

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A Miami Police officer watches protestors from a armored vehicle during a rally in response to the recent death of George Floyd in Miami, Florida on May 31, 2020. - Thousands of National Guard troops patrolled major US cities after five consecutive nights of protests over racism and police brutality that boiled over into arson and looting, sending shock waves through the country. The death Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited this latest wave of outrage in the US over law enforcement's repeated use of lethal force against African Americans -- this one like others before captured on cellphone video. (Photo by Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP) (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

How Police Became Paramilitaries

June 4, 2020 at 9:40 am

NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS 06/03/20 By Michael Shank Military might has always paraded in America’s streets. But it wasn’t until this century that it became an often daily presence. In the 2000s, local law enforcement agencies began to adopt the type of military equipment more frequently used in a […]

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It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

It’s Time to Shut Down Industrial Animal Farming

June 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

THE HILL 06/03/20 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda While governments act aggressively to save lives, stop any further spread of COVID-19, and reopen their economies, let’s not wait to prevent the next virus. More will come. Pandemics are picking up their pace. Thankfully, prevention is entirely […]

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GMP Boosts Rebates on Energy Savers, Adding Solar Sharing in June

GMP Boosts Rebates on Energy Savers, Adding Solar Sharing in June

May 29, 2020 at 11:53 am

VERMONT BIZ 05/28/20 VTDIGGER DAILY ENERGY INSIDER New GMP Programs Include Enhanced Rebates Plus Innovative Solar Credit Sharing App to Assist Recovery for Small Businesses in Vermont Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) launched a new package of incentives and programs called Go, Save & Share Green with GMP […]

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