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Black Lives Matter rally at Mount Mansfield Union High School — Saturday, July 25, 2020

By | July 25, 2020

Organized by MMU rising junior Sirena Sawyer and friends in MMU BLM, a rally was held at the school this afternoon with quite a few people in attendance — I didn’t count — but everyone practiced safe social distancing so the crowd looked a lot more “sparse” than it really was. Here are a few… Read More »

Black Lives Matter mural on Main Street in Burlington

By | July 20, 2020

Sunday afternoon (July 19) saw dozens of volunteers and hundreds of participants painting a bright orange mural reading “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on Main Street in Burlington (between South Winooski Avenue and St. Paul St). My wife Carole and I volunteered to stand in the middle of all that blacktop in near-100° conditions to keep the… Read More »

Burlington declares racism a public health emergency

By | July 16, 2020

Burlington is not Richmond and Richmond is not Burlington, but it’s interesting to note that on Thursday morning, mayor Miro Weinberger and the other groups formally declared racism a public health emergency. Quoting from the article on the event, “As part of the declaration, the group outlined three main goals. They include a commitment… Read More »

Berkeley explores move to using unarmed civilians in lieu of police

By | July 15, 2020

Berkeley, CA is exploring the concept of using unarmed civilians to conduct traffic stops, respond to mental health calls, and similar tasks. It’s a very interesting idea, especially given what we’ve been talking about here in Richmond lately. Berkeley cops may be stripped of traffic ticket duties

Meeting Tonight: 7/14/2020

By | July 14, 2020

The Racial Equity group will meet tonight via Zoom. We will hear from town planner Ravi Venkataraman regarding the new town Housing Committee, discuss any other pending business, and then will split off into breakout rooms. You may choose which group you want to join during the meeting tonight or let Christine Werneke know and… Read More »