New group hopes to bring about change for the good

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018



BARTON — On the one Saturday in recent memory when it’s been warm enough to do something outdoors, a good-sized group of Northeast Kingdom people chose to spend the afternoon in a church basement planning how to bring about change for good.

Saturday was the day that a group called Northeast Kingdom Organizing (NEKO) sat down to decide which of the many possible local problems it’s going to tackle first.

After several hours of discussion and several votes, they chose to focus on families and transportation, at least for starters.

“The issues we pick don’t define our organization,” lead organizer Martha Braithwaite said. “We can take on other issues later.”

Community organizing is about harnessing the power of group action to make change happen. And after several years in the making, NEKO is now set to step up to the plate.

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