Category Archives: Education

Story Circles: September 2

By | August 26, 2020

The Richmond Racial Equity group is going to do a pilot of a story circles evening on Wednesday, September 2. What to expect? The Story Circle is made up of 8 participants in addition to a volunteer facilitator. The story prompt is shared in advance, but no preparation is needed. Participants share their stories in… Read More »

Listen, Read, Engage (Borrowed from the Richmond Library)

By | August 6, 2020

Borrowed with thanks from the Richmond Free Library, the document linked below — a 47-page handout on adult fiction, non-fiction, audio books, and DVDs suitable for Black History month, those curious about Black Lives Matter, and those who wish to broaden their horizons. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DYlGff63bSTx2EMJ87F50-k6rgxozLI_/view?usp=sharing

Upcoming primary and election

By | August 6, 2020

This is a thread to help folks decide who to vote for in the upcoming elections, comparing candidates’ platforms on racial equity. Lieutenant Governor: VPR has interviewed every candidate, and they asked every candidate for their stance on police reform. Brenda Siegel comes out the strongest in favor of defunding police, and she speaks strongly… Read More »

Podcast Recommendation: “It’s More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America’s ‘Caste’ System” from Fresh Air

By | August 4, 2020

Today on NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson explained her point of view that “racism” falls short of describing the current situation in the USA — that “caste” system would be a better term. Quoting from WHYY’s summary of the program: “Wilkerson describes caste an artificial hierarchy that helps determine standing and respect,… Read More »

30-Day Anti-Racism Challenge

By | July 17, 2020

This isn’t terribly fresh news (it came out a month and a half ago) but it’s worth sharing to make sure everyone sees it: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/essex-teen-creates-30-day-anti-racism-challenge/Content?oid=30566483

Vermont bookstores see record sales of anti-racism titles

By | July 11, 2020

From VTDigger: https://vtdigger.org/2020/07/10/vermont-bookstores-see-record-sales-of-anti-racism-titles/ As the article linked in above relates, Vermont’s 20+ independent bookstores are seeing booming sales of anti-racism titles. It’s heartening to see that there’s such interest and it’s also good, period, for the bookstores themselves. That said, the article didn’t go on to say which independent bookstores are minority-owned; if anyone knows… Read More »

A Resource for Indexing and Analyzing Incarceration vs. Community Health

By | July 8, 2020

This is a data rich resource for our discussions about priorities, public safety, community health, and the ways in which budgets serve as moral documents. The authors of this study and project explain: “If ‘money talks,’ then budgets tell a story about a community’s investment priorities. At a time of renewed interest in budget priorities,… Read More »