Abolish Slavery: Educating Communities on Prop 2

By | February 22, 2022

Vermont Interfaith Action Deputy Director Melissa Battah will present “Abolish Slavery: Educating Our Communities on Prop 2, ” developed in collaboration with the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, on Wednesday, March 2 from 7 to 8:30 pm on Zoom.

The purpose of this presentation is to explain the Vermont constitution’s current language regarding slavery and how it evolved; how this language has influenced the U.S. Constitution and many of our systems and practices; and the proposed amendment, which Vermont voters will have the chance to pass in November of 2022. Participants will also learn of opportunities to take action to ensure passage of the amendment, and to address the larger question of how to dismantle systemic racism in many forms.

To attend, please use this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdOqhqjIrH9OdtQoqq1pZ1OKrbKberx_d

Richmond Racial Equity Large Group Monthly Meeting: Wed, Feb 2 @ 7p

By | January 31, 2022

Please join the RRE Large Group monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb 2 at 7p via this link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87273193709?pwd=UUxaMlJzTmRGeUJPZGU4Ry84QmZDUT09

Meeting ID: 872 7319 3709

Passcode: 504345

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Our agenda will include:

  • 7:00 – Greetings and Welcome!
    1. Focus for tonight: Andrews Forest Committee and the plan for the Policy and Policing wing of RRE
    2. Volunteer for Timekeeper?
  • 7:05 – Land Acknowledgement and Reparations update re: Andrews Community Forest Committee Meeting of Jan 31: Alexis and Scott
  • 7:30 – Policy and Policing: Goals, Objectives, Workplan – Ann and Connie
    1. Link to view document:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X_UstPCatIdFIeJiBLHWHqqzR3-kLC-AB-dhTc8leGI/edit?usp=sharing

  • 7:50 – Plan for future meetings of Large Group and its “wings”
    1. Education: Feb 9?
    2. P&P: Feb 16?
    3. Large Group: March 2 @ 7p

Hope to see you there!

Richmond Racial Equity Large Group Monthly Meeting: Wed, Jan 5 @ 7p

By | January 2, 2022

Please join the RRE Large Group monthly meeting this Wednesday, Jan 5, 2022 at 7p with the following agenda and Zoom link below:

  1. 7:00- Greetings! Tonight’s agenda will focus on our goals for community oversight group for and engagement with the RPD
  2. 7:05 Land Acknowledgement: updated from Scott Silverstein’s and Alexis Lathem’s work with the Town Andrews Community Forest
  3. 7:10 Reparations Committee: Brief update
  4. 7:20 Education Committee: Brief update on Williston Community Justice Relationship with Richmond
  5. 7:30 Policy and Policing Committee: What are our objectives in developing a community oversight role for and with the Richmond Police Department?
  6. 7:55 Closing remarks/ Comments
    1. Next meeting of Large Group: Wed, February 2, 2022
    2. Ed Committee: January 12?
    3. Policy and Policing: January 19?
    4. Other?

Richmond Racial Equity is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87273193709?pwd=UUxaMlJzTmRGeUJPZGU4Ry84QmZDUT09

Meeting ID: 872 7319 3709

Passcode: 504345

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From the Huffington Post: “I’m Black But Look White. Here Are The Horrible Things White People Feel Safe Telling Me.”

By | December 9, 2021

From the Huffington Post: “I’m Black But Look White. Here Are The Horrible Things White People Feel Safe Telling Me.”

Miriam Zinter (@MimZWay) writes a sobering (some might say infuriating) personal history of the abuse she suffered as a black child with very light skin — some inflicted at her directly, some spoken in her presence, but all wrong.

Call to post questions about RRE Member Questions about Housing, Zoning, Climate, & Impact on Racial Equity in Richmond

By | December 1, 2021

Hi RRE members and friends,

At our Large Group Meeting on Wednesday, Dec 1 2021, we realized we have a lot to learn about Richmond Town policies and ordinances that can affect our Town’s inclusion, diversity, and equitable opportunities relating to those who historically have not been included. We decided to collect our questions first and then ask for support in learning the answers.

I have set up a Google Doc with access to all who have the link below. Please take the time to post your own questions before our next meeting on January 5 2022. If you have questions about this, feel free to email me at RichmondCove@comcast.net. I have started this list off with a question of my own, feel free to add and to organize the list as best helps you.

Link: ttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1w2uiHCL4jRRU6L2274i3v0v7JNy2f3dBGRtAgAA_0LY/edit

Connie

Anti-Racism At MMUUSD – Difficult Conversations About Race Special Session

By | November 28, 2021

Kennedy Jensen and her colleagues at MMUUSD have put together a great program on talking about racism. I read their short homework assignment this evening, a link to NPR, and am excited about being part of next Sunday’s session, Dec 5. Here’s the link to the assignment; see her previous announcement on the RRE webpage if you want to learn more.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/09/873054935/want-to-have-better-conversations-about-racism-with-your-parents-heres-how

Connie

MMU Racial Equity seminar on “Difficult Conversations about Race” (December 5)

By | November 4, 2021

MMUUSD “Difficult Conversations About Race” Seminar

Kennedy Jensen • Wolf Lane, Richmond

Announcement

Hey Everyone!

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/KEaMYwZKs47L6zBCA