Local Analysis

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 BRATTLEBORO REFORMER 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 […]

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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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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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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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Next Vermont Senator

Next Vermont Senator

July 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

RUTLAND HERALD 07/03/21 TIMES ARGUS 07/03/21 By Michael Shank To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white man to the handful of you who might run, I urge you to make space. As […]

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It’s Long Past Time Vermont Sent a Woman to Congress

It’s Long Past Time Vermont Sent a Woman to Congress

July 1, 2021 at 1:17 pm

VTDIGGER 07/01/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. To all the older white men potentially queuing for the 2022 election for U.S. Senate to represent Vermont, please step aside. Speaking as a white […]

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Climate Repairs Now Urgent

Climate Repairs Now Urgent

June 12, 2021 at 8:28 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 06/12/21 TIMES ARGUS 06/12/21 By Michael Shank There’s been a lot of postponing on the climate front of late. Some postponing has been understandable: The annual United Nations-facilitated climate talks, for example — known as the Conference of Parties, or COPs — were postponed because of COVID travel […]

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Neighborly Talk Useless

Neighborly Talk Useless

April 28, 2021 at 11:21 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 04/21/21 TIMES ARGUS 04/21/21 By Michael Shank I want to critique an oft-repeated proposition in Brandon — and throughout Vermont — that you can deal with a grievance by simply “talking with your neighbor.” To be clear, I support sitting down with anyone and, in diplomacy work, believe […]

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Wild West Condition

Wild West Condition

March 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/27/21 By Michael Shank A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission — that Vermont was the “Wild West” when it came to rules and regs. He’s not wrong. I’ve witnessed this in the lax […]

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Rules That Protect the Majority, Rather Than Cater to the Few

Rules That Protect the Majority, Rather Than Cater to the Few

March 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm

VTDIGGER 03/26/21 MOUNTAIN TIMES 04/01/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chair […]

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