Vermont Town Meetings

Visit to the heart of democratic Vermont organized in 2019 by the Citizens Committee of Milton Parc and From the Ground Up.

During this activity organized by À nous les quartier and the Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee, several activists and citizens went to Vermont’s “town meetings”, a practice of direct and participatory democracy held annually on the entire state.

We took the opportunity to visit several towns to learn lessons and bring some teachings back to Montreal…

Bethel resident Nancy Hughes asks a question about the maintenance of a town-owned building during the Bethel town meeting at the Whitcomb High School gymnasium in Bethel, Vt., on March 6, 2018. (Sarah Priestap photograph)

“In the New England region of the United States, towns in states such as Vermont decide local affairs through the direct democratic process of the town meeting. This is the oldest form of direct democracy in the United States, and predates the founding of the country by at least a century.”

“Direct Democracy” article, in Wikipedia.

More info:
Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How It Works by Frank M. Bryan (2004).

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