State Senator Kesha Ram-Hinsdale spoke with the Richmond (Vermont) Racial Equity group and the Climate Action Committee group on the evening of April 6, 2022. Senator Ram-Hinsdale briefed the attendees on the reasons for and status of two bills she is sponsoring — S.250 and S.148.
S.250 focuses on police accountability — qualified immunity, transparent data collection and reporting, transparency in police conduct issues — and S.148 focuses on environmental justice — no Vermonter bears more than their share of environmental burdens and that all Vermonters benefit from reliable renewable energy, and so on.
Vermont Interfaith Action Deputy Director Melissa Battah will present “Abolish Slavery: Educating Our Communities on Prop 2, ” developed in collaboration with the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, on Wednesday, March 2 from 7 to 8:30 pm on Zoom.
The purpose of this presentation is to explain the Vermont constitution’s current language regarding slavery and how it evolved; how this language has influenced the U.S. Constitution and many of our systems and practices; and the proposed amendment, which Vermont voters will have the chance to pass in November of 2022. Participants will also learn of opportunities to take action to ensure passage of the amendment, and to address the larger question of how to dismantle systemic racism in many forms.
Miriam Zinter (@MimZWay) writes a sobering (some might say infuriating) personal history of the abuse she suffered as a black child with very light skin — some inflicted at her directly, some spoken in her presence, but all wrong.
At our Large Group Meeting on Wednesday, Dec 1 2021, we realized we have a lot to learn about Richmond Town policies and ordinances that can affect our Town’s inclusion, diversity, and equitable opportunities relating to those who historically have not been included. We decided to collect our questions first and then ask for support in learning the answers.
I have set up a Google Doc with access to all who have the link below. Please take the time to post your own questions before our next meeting on January 5 2022. If you have questions about this, feel free to email me at RichmondCove@comcast.net. I have started this list off with a question of my own, feel free to add and to organize the list as best helps you.
Kennedy Jensen and her colleagues at MMUUSD have put together a great program on talking about racism. I read their short homework assignment this evening, a link to NPR, and am excited about being part of next Sunday’s session, Dec 5. Here’s the link to the assignment; see her previous announcement on the RRE webpage if you want to learn more.