Per my promise, I am going to let you know about virtual meetings that are happening this week around whiteness/racism/allyship in VT. It is time to join larger conversations so we can think more critically about work in Richmond.
Tonight (July 9th) is a virtual presentation from Mark Hughes of the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance on the push to have reparations legislation passed in the state government. From 6pm to 8pm. They are asking for a small fee to attend the event. Below is a link to the event! You must have access to Facebook to access the Zoom link to the meeting!
Here is the description:
“The Legislative Series continues. Created to provide a forum to educate community members and gain their perspectives while informing legislator’s decisions on policy, the Series was running throughout the legislative session and all forums were being conducted at the Statehouse until the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, we’re bringing it to your living room.
We’re offsetting some of our expenses with a nominal fee. EVERYBODY can attend this event. For free access send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to give more, go here after registration:
The deliberations in the US House of Representatives on legislation that would create a Commission to study and develop reparations proposals (HR.40) have reached a fever pitch. A bill has been introduced in Vermont that would establish a task force to study and consider a State apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery. Vermont law makers remain SILENT on the matter, despite the national racial unrest. We’re advancing the discussion. Is the appointment of a task force to examine an apology and reparations the appropriate solution? What are the hopes and fears of community and policy makers surrounding the prospect of such task force? There is allot to discuss and we’ll bring representatives from community, policy makers, clergy and activists together for that discussion.”
Again, if you want help making a FB page or accessing these zoom discussions, let me know!
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance is offering another Zoom panel this month:
“Hidden in Plain Sight: the Truth about Systemic Racism” on July 16th at 6pm
The Peace and Justice Center is offering some zoom discussions and panels this month as well:
“Prospective Facilitator Gathering” on July 17th on 5:30pm
“Toxic Whiteness Discussion Group” on July 22nd at 5pm
The Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington SOAR group (Students Organizing Against Racism) will be doing peaceful vigils along Dorset Street every Wednesday until mid-August from 4:00-6:00 pm. They invite the public to join. Bring signs!
Pop-Up Chicken BBQ and Back-to-School Fundraiser on Sunday July 12th
Time: 2 pm
Location: Battery Park, Burlington
“Get your family some tasty BBQ and delicious treats this Sunday, at the Holiday Inn Burlington, 1068 Williston Rd!
Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington and People’s Kitchen are hosting a Pop-up Chicken BBQ fundraiser to help our brother Otis Clemmons’ family with their school supplies.
Our volunteers will be serving BBQ Chicken in People’s Kitchen sweet-spicy-tangy marinade served with sides choices of Alabama-style baked beans, mustard greens, coleslaw, a warm roll and of course, our famous peanut sauce. Hot dogs with fixins’ also available for the kids, as are vegan BBQ options of grilled tofu, tempeh and young jackfruits.
Sliding scale $5 – $20 a plate donation suggested, cash or venmo @peopleskitchenvt. All food are not only gluten-free, Halal and tasty, but also prepared, cooked and served with lots of LOVE by our crew of kitchen ninjas. All proceeds to benefit back-to-school expenses for Otis Clemmons’ family and support People’s Kitchen and BLMGB’s mission to serve our people.”