This Monday! — Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man — YouTube Series by: Emmanuel Acho

By | March 25, 2021

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.

>> Click here to Register for the Community Discussion!

Honk to Halt Deportations

By | March 14, 2021

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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.

An Evening with the Vermont Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki Tribe

By | January 25, 2021

Hosted by the Community Senior Center of Richmond – Bolton – Huntington

Wednesday: January 27 – 7pm

Google Meet link to attend: meet.google.com/ery-uyeb-jnn

More information or assistance connecting, email: martha@cscvt.org

 

Don Stevens, Chief of Vermont’s Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki, is well-versed in the difficulties, prejudices and land losses that are recorded in his people’s history as far back as 1712. He has also been instrumental in changing things for the better over the past two decades.

Join him as he discusses the history, art and traditions of the Nulhegan Abenaki of northern Vermont in a special online program on January 27 at 7:00 PM. He will also show Abenaki artifacts, and provide ample time for viewers’ questions.

Indigenous to the Northeast Kingdom, the Nulhegan Abenaki selected Don as Chief in 2010. He led the effort to secure Vermont’s official recognition for the Nulhegan as a tribe in 2011, and helped restore its territorial boundaries and permanent hunting and fishing rights.

For many years, the Nulhegan Abenaki had no land they could define as their own. Don helped change that. He secured grants to purchase 68 forested acres in the Northeast Kingdom. According to Don, “We have a place where we can go to do prayers and gather as a group. We can pick up the soil and know that our ancestors walked on that land.”

His leadership also is helping broaden awareness of Abenaki traditions and history. Don’s initiatives include Nulheganaki, a weekend-long celebration of Abenaki culture held annually since 2011; the Abenaki Cultural and Historical Exhibit in place at Burlington International Airport since 2019, and the Abenaki Land Link Program, a partnership with public organizations and private landowners to establish a seed bank to grow rare indigenous crops.

Proposed RRE agenda for Tuesday, Jan 26

By | January 24, 2021

Our last meeting, on January 12, identified many important and helpful opportunities to work on to move racial equity forward. To help facilitate a conversation about how to help all of those opportunities move forward, here is a list that we can use on Tuesday (Jan 26) to decide what belongs in a subgroup (Education, Policy/Policing, Reparations) and what should be discussed by the large group together:

  • FIPP
  • Land acknowledgement on webpage
  • School board and SRO
  • Reflections on who we are and how we work together (continued work on the Jamboard we started on Jan 12)
  • Organizational relationships and partnerships
  • Police oversight
  • Community education opportunities
  • Police/SB/Town staff training education opportunities
  • Long term picture of our work – next three years
  • Review of town policies or school policies – is there racism that should be addressed
  • Involvement in school support and activities

No priorities intended with the order in which these topics appear; this is just a list to start us off with. Please feel free to add more when we get together.

Fair and Impartial Policing Policy Resolution

By | January 18, 2021

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 19th, 7pm

Interested in attending the virtual meeting?

Zoom details are in the Meeting Agenda

 

RRE is celebrating this small victory and thanking our Selectboard Members for listening to the voices of the community.

We have a lot more work to do but this is one step in the right direction.

A safer town for our Migrant community members is a safer town for all.

 

We appreciate the Migrant Workers, Migrant Justice, ACLU Vermont, the Vermont National Lawyers Guild and all of our community members who attended/ presented at so many meetings.

Thank you marching in stride with us. Let’s keep going.

 

1/19/21 Selectboard Meeting Documents

Jamboard Reflection on Group Norms

By | January 12, 2021

RRE met on Tuesday, January 12 for its usual weekly meeting. RRE member Connie van Eeghen led us on a discussion of group norms using Jamboard. Each person was invited to share one or two thoughts about what our group norms are or should be. Once each person had provided their input, Connie led a group exercise where we grouped the norms together into core concepts. It was a fun way to explore how we all look at the group and what we see it as and want it to be.

Fair and Impartial Policing policy: update

By | January 7, 2021

Richmond Racial Equity, assisted by Migrant Justice and allied attorneys, gave a presentation to the Richmond Selectboard at their regular meeting on Monday, January 4, 2020 on the need for a modified Fair and Impartial Policing policy that would forbid Richmond police from cooperating directly with federal agencies regarding the immigration status of migrants and others. The Selectboard listened receptively and indicated that they would all be willing to vote ‘yea’ on a resolution adopting the new policy, but stopped short of agreeing to mandate it.

The Selectboard has heard from the town’s attorney as well as from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns that they do not have the legal authority to mandate such a policy; the ACLU and other attorneys that RRE members have spoken with feel otherwise. Kyle Kapitanski, the acting Chief of Police for Richmond, was at the meeting and stated that he would put the policy in place once the Selectboard passes the resolution. Asked if that was not good enough, RRE representatives expressed concern that future police chiefs might elect to go in a different direction and without the force of a town ordinance, there would be nothing legally that we could do to stop them.

All parties agreed that the best outcome would be for this to be settled at a state level, with the state giving clear permission to towns to adopt such policies and/or mandating the policy at a statewide level. Jana Brown, our incoming state representative, was at the meeting and indicated that it would be discussed during the upcoming session.

The next step is for the Selectboard to draft a resolution to adopt at the next meeting — the actual resolution may wind up being fairly short, but the “whereas”es that would lay out the reason and justification for the policy might be rather lengthy, and will need to be hashed out. Every indication is that the Selectboard will adopt the resolution supporting the revised Fair and Impartial Policing policy at its January 18 meeting and we thank them for their support and for the time and effort they’ve put into this issue.

Fair and Impartial Policing Policy at the Richmond Selectboard on January 4

By | January 2, 2021

Members of Richmond Racial Equity, assisted by representatives from Migrant Justice, will be presenting to the Selectboard and to interested citizens of Richmond on the proposed Fair and Impartial Policing policy at the January 4, 2021 meeting of the Richmond Selectboard.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom, starting at 7 pm.

The Fair and Impartial Policing presentation will take about 45 minutes and is the third item on the agenda after public comment and discussions of how Town Meeting 2021 will be conducted.

Numerous documents relating to the FIPP are available on the Selectboard documents page for this meeting — look for the words “Start FIPP Documents” and “End FIPP Documents”. Everything between there is relevant information.

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