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MMUUSD “Difficult Conversations About Race” Seminar
Kennedy Jensen • Wolf Lane, Richmond
My name is Kennedy Jensen and I am a Junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School. I have been working with some MMU alumni to bring an anti-racism course to our high schoolers and community members.
While the courses are already underway, the facilitators and I have decided to hold a 90 minute seminar called “Difficult Conversations About Race.”
This open discussion was originally part of our 8-week course, but we have decided to open it up to the community to up our enrollment numbers. We are hopeful that a smaller commitment will lead to more participation and allow for a meaningful discussion!
I will attach the advertising poster and the sign up link below should you wish to share with any students, colleagues, or community members.
Thank you all so much and I hope to see some of you there!
Sign Up Link: https://forms.gle/
Please join Richmond Racial Equity Wednesday, September 22 (tonight) from 7:00-8:00 pm as Hunter Wasser presents the results from the “2021 Richmond Public Safety Project” he completed this summer.
Hunter was awarded a grant from Skidmore’s Summer Experience Fund and spent the summer analyzing Richmond PD activity data from several years and conducting a community survey about attitudes and perceptions regarding public health and safety in Richmond.
Here is the Zoom link to join us:
Richmond Racial Equity is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: “2021 Richmond Public Safety Project”
Time: Sep 22, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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The Richmond, Vermont Selectboard passed a resolution to fly the Black Lives Matter flag on the flagpole at Volunteers Green, starting on Juneteenth and remaining for three months thereafter. The flag was raised at 10:20 AM or so on June 19. Patty Brushett and Denise Noble of the Richmond Racial Equity group led the observations and comments and quite a few people, from the Selectboard and community as a whole, contributed their thoughtful support.
On behalf of Richmond Racial Equity, we would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of you who attended our Community Education Night on Restorative Justice which was presented by the Williston Community Justice Center (https://willistonjustice.org/). It was very heartening to have such a large turn out from our community, hear your thoughtful questions and see your enthusiastic support for bringing this restorative approach to our Police Department, Town and Schools.
If you didn’t make the session or were not able to stay until the end, it was streamed and recorded on Facebook and in the Zoom cloud. The Facebook recording is above; we’ll be posting the Zoom copy to YouTube and sharing that link via the Richmond Racial Equity website.
The terrific and informative slides that were shared during the presentation are available on the Richmond Racial Equity website here.
We took a quick poll at the end of the session to gauge participants’ interest in further community, governmental, and personal involvement with the Williston Community Justice Center and with restorative justice. Interest was high, with virtually all respondents indicating that they would like to see the town of Richmond, its government, its police, and its schools become more involved in the restorative justice process. Many participants indicated an interest in volunteering. (For more information about volunteering, visit https://willistonjustice.org/about/joining-the-board/)
Participant Derek Miodownik recommended The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation. You can buy it from an independent bookstore here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-little-book-of-race-and-restorative-justice-black-lives-healing-and-us-social-transformation/9781680993431
If you came to the session, thank you so much! If you didn’t, but are motivated to become involved, thank you as well!
During tonight’s webinar presented by the Williston Community Justice Center, the following slides will be shared. You can download them here:
Richmond Racial Equity will be hosting representatives from the Williston Community Justice Center for a webinar on Tuesday, May 18. Everyone is welcome, but registration is required.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 18, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Community Justice in Richmond
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
In short, restorative justice involves diverting legal matters out of the traditional police-oriented justice system to a community-based system which protects and respectis the rights of the victim. “Restorative justice creates opportunities for people who have experienced harm to have a voice in shaping a response, and for people who caused harm, to make amends and be accountable for their actions.” Quote from https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/national-center-on-restorative-justice But that said — there’s much more to say on the topic.
Please consider joining us Tuesday evening to learn more about restorative justice and how Richmond residents can avail themselves of the services of the Williston Community Justice Center.
How does this relate to racial equity? See below for a policy document put forward in February 2021 by the associated Vermont Community Justice Centers on how restorative justice can play a role in bringing just and equitable outcomes to areas where BIPOC citizens have often been denied justice:
If you couldn’t make it, here is the video clip we watched and discussed:
Our feedback survey will be sent out today.
Keep an eye out for future community discussions!
In the You-Tube video series, Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Emmanuel Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and “incorrect” many white Americans are afraid to ask—yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever.
A former NFL player shares his take on American race relations. Emmanuel Acho, grew up in Dallas as the son of Nigerian immigrants, addresses white viewers who have sent him questions about Black history and culture.
During our Zoom meeting, we will watch one 10 minute episode in the series of episodes, created by Acho followed by small group discussions. This episode looks at questions like: How can I have white privilege if I grew up poor? How is being an anti-racist different from not being racist? What is, “Cancel Culture”? This will be a very safe space for everyone who joins.
We will try to keep our gathering to one hour. The content/language is not appropriate for young children.
In case you missed it:
Today (Sunday, March 14, 2021) Community Voices for Immigrant Rights, Migrant Justice, and others held a drive-by honking at the ICE Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston, VT today to protest continued deportations and other police-state style policies and tactics — such as the proposed high-tech, 120-foot-tall surveillance towers proposed for the NY/VT border with Canada.
For more information on the event, visit Community Voices for Immigrant Rights on Facebook.