Liz Blum

What is your favorite quote?
“When I liberate others, I liberate myself… Nobody is free ‘til everybody is free.” Fanny Lou Hamer (c.1964)

Wine, beer, martini or tea?
Green Earl Grey tea, River Roost IPAs

If you could erase one day in history which would it be?
The day Goodman, Cheney and Schwerner were assassinated in Mississippi, summer 1964.

What song most describes your life right now?
Ella’s Song: Sweet Honey in the Rock. “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes….”

What do you love most about living in Vermont?
The people, the seasons, the topography, and the accessibility of people here.

If you had to give away 50% of your assets today, how/where would you distribute them?
To take care of my family, and Vermont Progressive Party, Rural Vermont, Highlander Center, Center for Constitutional Rights, Healthcare for All, Migrant Justice.

What advice would you give the next generation?
Stay alert, study history to understand the present, and work for peace and freedom for all. Keep a sense of humor. Sing.

In general, do you follow, break or create the rules?
Depends on the rules.

Where in Norwich do you spend most of your time?
All over town, biking in the warm weather, or gardening in my backyard

Where would you prefer to spend most of your time?
In Vermont, but I like to travel when I can.

Describe Norwich in one word or phrase.
Norwich is a mostly white, beautiful, upper-middle class town with interesting, talented, opinionated people, a lively culture, and a fantastic public library.

To which local business are you loyal to and why?
The Hanover Co-op and Upper Valley Food Co-op. I believe in cooperative businesses, Zuzu, USPS, King Arthur, Norwich Bookstore, Dan and Whit’s.

Which superpowers would you choose and what good would you do with them?
The power to eliminate Lyme ticks and bring universal health care to the world.

Name one thing you want to add to Norwich.
More people of color