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Selene Colburn 
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Re: “Burlington Progressive Party Chair to Seek East District Council Seat

I want to clarify my quote, above. I said that Charles is a pre-school teacher who said he would hold the mayor's feet to the fire on delivering on promised early education initiatives, and that this along with other parts of his platform clearly struck a chord.

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Posted by Selene Colburn on 01/09/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Playtime: 242 Main — Farewell to the Boys' Club

I was at 242 in the beginning and it was one of the few places I really felt agency, as a young woman in the mid to late 1980s. I'm so sorry and not surprised to hear that wasn't everyone's experience. In the beginning it was a venue for all kinds of music and happenings, many of which we got to design and program ourselves. My friends' all girl band Ice 9 got their start there, mentored by scene legends Miss Bliss and by Jane Sanders and Kathy Lawrence, of the Mayor's Youth Office. I did weird performances there, taught younger girls. I debated then-Gov Dick Snelling about US aid to Nicaragua and El Salvador on the stage (wild!). I did see a lot of boys play a lot of hardcore there, and I'm sure some of those experiences reflected the sexism of the scene and the larger world. Over time, the city's support for 242 as a teen-programmed space dwindled and it became, increasingly, an all-ages hardcore rental venue. I wonder if that loss of agency for young women and girls corresponded in some part to an increase in the kinds of experiences described here. It's also likely I haven't fully remembered or dismantled the worst of my own days, or that I experienced some privilege in that setting that others didn't. When we hear experiences that are different from our own, sometimes it's good to listen rather than rush in to correct the record. The record has space for a lot of truths. I really appreciate what Peg is saying about not shutting down the author of this story and others, but really listening to learn how we can build more inclusive spaces and programs for kids in the future that truly honor the best of 242.

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Posted by Selene Colburn on 12/04/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “It's My Party: A Democratic House Primary Draws Mixed Candidates

Thanks to Seven Days for focusing on the interesting Democratic primary in Chittenden 6-4. I would have loved it if the author had shared the reasons other than political expediency for my decision to run in the Democratic primary, including my strong desire to collaborate with progressive Democrats around a shared platform and the appreciation many voters in my district have for a fusion approach. If this article left you wanting to know more about my work as a policy maker and advocate, I hope you'll check out my website at http://selenecolburn.com where you can find information about my work on reproductive rights, affordable housing, climate action, opiate recovery efforts and more.

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Posted by Selene Colburn on 07/13/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Morning Read: Single-Payer and the Vermont Progressive Party in the NYT

Interesting take. If I was going to nitpick that article, it would be for underestimating the role that grassroots organizers (including the Vt. Workers Center and Vermont's labor unions) also played in advocating for and advancing the issue, not for its failure to give credit to Democrats. But then, I'm a Progressive!

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Posted by Selene Colburn on 04/08/2014 at 12:08 PM

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