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Friday, February 23, 2007

Bernie Sanders
Vermonter Wins Peace Prize

Posted By on Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 6:39 PM

Second Vermonter, actually.

And that's just this year!

"With America and the world under constant assault from a Bush Administration and Republican Party, it is hard sometimes to remember that acts of justice are performed every day. Part of the overwhelming sense of helplessness unleashed by the combined incompetence and extremism of the Bush GOP is due to not being able to avert one's eyes from the wounded world that they scar even more every day.

" is now awarding a weekly 'Wings of Justice Award' to honor individuals who speak out and take action on behalf of the great American tradition of courage, Constitutional Rights, secular inclusion, truthfulness and common sense."

The following is from the latest "Wings of Justice Award":

"This past week, Vermont became the first state in the Union where both legislative houses passed resolutions calling for the forthcoming and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  It shouldn't be lost on anyone that Vermont "has lost more soldiers per capita than any other state in the nation.

"State Representative Michael Fisher (pictured at right in the Statehouse cafeteria Friday), led the effort to save Vermont men and women in uniform from being put in harm's way for an undefined mission and delusional pursuit of an un- determined victory. Fisher put the lives of his fellow Vermonters in uniformat the top of his state’s legislative agenda.

"I really do believe we can have full respect and support for our troops and at the same time speak out against the policy that ledto this war and keeps this war going," Fisher said.

"In fact, there is no higher regard for our GIs than saving them from the politically motivated mania of a rogue regime sitting in the White House.

"For his compassion and his conviction, Michael Fisher -- State Representative from Lincoln, Vermont -- is awarded our BuzzFlash Wings of Justice Award."

Recent Wings of Justice Award Honorees:

Maxine Waters - February 14, 2007
Ted Kennedy - February 7, 2007            
Molly Ivins - January 31, 2007
Bernie Sanders - January 24, 2007            
Bill Moyers - January 17, 2007

Not bad company for the member from Lincoln, eh?

Rep. Fisher, 41, is a Democrat. He was born in Philadelphia and moved to his present town in 1988. The father of two is a social worker by profession. Picked up his MSW at UVM. It's Fisher's seventh year in the building. He's vice-chair of the Human Services Committee this term.

Here's the Vermonter's official award page.

Congratulations, Michael!

Likewise, Ol' Bernardo!

Nice to see a new face at the leadership level eh?

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