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Donna Canney Walters 
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Re: “Jafar Vows to Remain in Burlington Council Race Despite Sexist Tweets

When I read this news, I wept. I wept because it brought back painful memories of my own adult sons who wrote in a similar way about the young women in their lives. This language was modeled to them by their father, by the music, by the PG13-rated movies, by the culture. I wept for the shame and humiliation it brought me then, and now once again. I wept at the thought of the implications this damaging news would have on Mohameds campaign. I held up this young man as a beacon of hope for a better city - and now this crushing news - crushing my hopes and dreams for him, for us.

I thank Mohamed for owning it and not trying to wiggle his way out of it. His response is the response women in the Me Too movement want.

I believe he has had a turn-around in his life, thanks to the education he received and the gender studies class he took. This is a very poignant story about how education can make a real difference in a young mans life. He has committed to making sure other young men can learn about the hurtful effects of misogyny, patriarchy, sexism, and abuse. He has learned a valuable life lesson and will be a strong advocate for systemic change because of it.

In the midst of this darkness, I see a beacon of light - change is possible. We can harness the political potential of our love, our decency, and our compassion. That is who we are, and this is who we should be. This is what transparency looks like. Together we can create a much-needed course-correction.

I stand by Mohamed for South District, and I ask that you consider doing so, too.

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 02/12/2019 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Burlington's 13 Percent: New Americans Seek Political Representation

Join the wave...get involved! Help us elect this fresh new face with bright ideas for a more inclusive future to represent the South District on the Burlington City Council. Learn more, sign up to volunteer, connect on Facebook, host a meet & greet party, and donate to the campaign to elect Mohamed Jafar for South District here:

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 02/06/2019 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Nurses' Union to Serve UVM Medical Center With a Strike Notice

I totally support the nurses strike. Greedy? Hardly: the greed lies with the inequality and pay disparity of the top level executives. You could shave enough off their outrageous bonuses to more than satisfy the nurses meager request. The community is behind you, nurses. Hopfully patients families and volunteers will fill in the void so the unlucky vulnerable patients being used as pawns wont suffer. Maybe patients familes could be proactive and transfer their loved ones to surrounding hospitals before the strike.

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 07/02/2018 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Cambrian Falling: Trees Felled at Burlington Development Site

I can understand cutting the trees located in the footprint of the new buildings. But why clear cut every tree, especially the large, beautiful trees in front of the existing buildings where the plan calls for green space? The trees in the front of the existing building could have been worked into the landscape design. This is another example of thoughtless clearcutting without consideration for existing natural resources on the property. This kind of mndless cutting happened at the intersection of Maple and Summit Streets with the UVM alumni building renovation. Why dont we have more green architects and landscape designers in this town? The mindset here seems to be make a plan and cut down everything that doesnt fit within that plan, instead of creating a plan to work with what already exists on the landscape. Trees are not disposabe props. They are a valuable natural resource. Keep the Park Green will be working on a new Tree Preservation Ordinance so that there is a sane process to review tree removal and replacement for development and renovation projects.
To get involved, follow us on Facebook: Keep the Park Green

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 04/20/2018 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Stone Soup, Beloved Burlington Café, Turns 20

Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! I love eating at your place!

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 07/13/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

Yay! Breakfast with a view! If they have live music, I hope they put in a real dance floor so no one sprains an ankle. Dancing on the waterfront on a midsummer evening with the breeze off the lake is so delightful. It was a shame when the Splash boathouse replaced the floor on the upper deck with waterproof flooring unsuitable for wrecked it for the weekly salsa dance social.

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 02/18/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Burlington Activist to Challenge Council President Knodell

Excuse me...the "reactionary fringe"? Hello, It's WE THE PEOPLE, participating in the democratic process.

Thank you for inviting our participation in the public input part of city-wide planning projects. We have showed up in droves, attended meetings and filled out questionnaires. But quite frankly, WE THE PEOPLE are weary of participating in these sessions, only to have our interests passed over in favor of developers with big pockets. Your pace for development is too frenzied. Where the rubber meets the road, in the finalization stage of plans, we want our input to be incorporated.

Many of us were outraged when 60+ WE THE PEOPLE's show up for the public input part of a city council meeting to weigh in before the council vote to approve the Burlington College property development plan. When 75% of those WE THE PEOPLE's comments were not in favor of the plans as presented, it seems prudent that you would slow down the pace to consider and incorporate changes to address those concerns. We want councilors and a mayor who will not only listen, but advocate for what we tell them is important to us. You asked. We spoke. You listened. But you DID NOT ADVOCATE for WE THE PEOPLE. My vote goes for s(he) who advocates for me.

WE THE PEOPLE are not opposed to the downtown suburban mall nor upgrades to City Hall Park. We want our interests included in shaping the finalized version of development plans.

WE THE PEOPLE are reading the fine print and details. We are informed and actively engaged, and we will put forth a slate of candidates who not only listen, but advocate for us.

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 01/14/2017 at 2:04 PM

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