by Paul Garver
We received this letter from seven leading activists of Labor for Bernie with connections to Vermont:
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
We are writing on behalf of Mari Cordes, a working nurse in Burlington, Vermont and past president of the 2,000-member AFT-affiliated RN union at UVM Medical Center. Click here to learn more about her.
Mari was an early supporter of Labor for Bernie. She was instrumental in securing her state federation’s support for his campaign and joined other members in lobbying the American Federation of Teachers to back Bernie’s presidential bid.
Mari is now running for office herself, as part of the surge of interest in local progressive politics generated by Bernie’s national campaign. She is running for the Vermont State House of Representatives from the Addison-4 District (the towns of Lincoln, Starksboro, Monkton, and Bristol).
She is campaigning, in part, based on her past labor-related work as a statewide leader of the Vermont Progressive Party and board member of the Vermont Workers Center. She has been one of Vermont’s leading advocates for single-payer health care, workers’ rights, and other causes, including environmental protection. (She is treasurer of the 350.org Vermont board.)
Like Bernie, in his campaign for president, Mari is relying on small individual donations. You can donate by sending a check (made out to “Mari Cordes for Vermont House”) to Donna Bailey, Campaign Treasurer, 298 Biddle Rd., Lincoln VT. 05443
Or contribute on line, via ActBlue, at: https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/43597
In our individual capacity as former or current labor organization representatives, we urge your strong support for Mari’s exciting campaign. With help from fellow Labor for Bernie activists, she can become part of the growing bloc of progressive state legislators in Vermont in January.
Mari is currently seeking organizational endorsements from some of our own unions in Vermont and others. If you can help her with this effort or assist her campaign in any other way, in addition to donating, please feel free to contact her at: in…@maricordes.org
Best wishes and thanks for your help!
Ellen David Friedman, former organizer, VT-NEA
Steve Early, former New England representative, Communications Worker of America
Don Trementozzi, president, CWA Local 1400
Traven Leyshon, president Green Mountain Central Labor Council (signing in a personal capacity)
Heather Riemer, AFT-Vermont organizer
Rand Wilson, former SEIU organizer in Vermont
Based on this endorsement from trusted colleagues in Labor for Bernie, I had already decided to contribute when I looked at Mari’s own description of her other activities while working as a skilled nurse in cardiology. This made me even more happy to support her candidacy. Mari is involved in
Music (making, and listening)
Homesteading (gardening-food and medicinal crops, laying hens)
Travel – have traveled extensively in India, Africa and many other countries. Worked for 2 months as an RN with the Vermont Global Village Project in a village in Ghana, West Africa. Coordinated 2 Buddhist Pilgrimages in India for a Tibetan Buddhist Lama.
I live in the Green Mountains with my husband in a completely off-the-grid (solar, wind) home that we built together.
Vice President – Health Care, AFT-Vermont
One, two, many Mari Cordes!