The raw data cited in the WCAX article can be found here: https://vsp.vermont.gov/communityaffairs/trafficstops (2019 numbers updated as of August 18, 2020)
Links to the other two hearings were posted earlier – click here.
Would you like to make a difference in supporting racial equity in Vermont? One easy way to do this is by shopping at Black-owned businesses and financially supporting Black-owned organizations. Richmond Racial Equity will periodically be posting Black-owned Vermont businesses to shop at, as well as Black-owned organizations and fundraisers, in Front Porch Forum.
This month, consider:
The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, which is “working towards a collective vision of advancing land and food sovereignty in the northeast region through permanent and secure land tenure for POC farmers and land stewards”. Donate here: https://nefoclandtrust.org/reciprocity
A fundraiser to create the BIPOC Urban Farm and Wholeness Center in Winooski. The plans for this center include: a botánica, a workshop space for BIPOC-centered classes and appointments, an urban farm, and more. https://www.gofundme.com/f/conscious-homestead-bipoc-farm-amp-center
Clemmons Family Farm, one of only 17 Black-owned farms in Vermont, that is also a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting African-American and African diaspora arts and culture. http://www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/
The SUSU Healing Collective’s BIPOC Land and Food Sovereignty Fund. This fundraiser has surpassed its initial goal to provide CSAs for BIPOC Vermonters, and funds are now being allocated towards the purchase of land for BIPOC farmers in our state. To read more about the SUSU Healing Collective click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bipoc-healing-foods-fund
The Vermont House Government Operations and House Judiciary Committees will be co-hosting virtual meetings on August 16 to obtain input from community members on proposed changes to law enforcement in Vermont.
They allot 2 minutes for each person to speak.
Here are the first 2 of 3 public hearings:
Upcoming policy-related events!
2/11-VOTE- In case you still haven’t voted, the Black Perspective of VT has officially endorsed a few candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor:
For Governor: Rebecca Holcombe, and David Zuckerman
For Lt. Governor: Tim Ashe, Brenda Siegel
This group will be moving toward aggregating and sharing more candidate information (around their stance on racial justice) for the Nov. election. For information about their endorsements: https://www.facebook.com/theblackperspectivevt/
2/12 + 2/16 at 6 pm- The Racial Justice Alliance of Vermont is asking the public to speak out in virtual meetings on police reform on the state level.
VPR’s “Brave Little State” podcast asked the question “How can a state that is 94% white do better in supporting its citizens of color?” Vermonter persons of color weighed in with their answers.
Richmond Racial Equity team member Rebecca Starks will be leading a four-week online discussion on the subject of The 1619 Project, an ongoing effort by the New York Times to reframe American political, social, and economic history and place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative-and discuss the public and critical responses to it. The discussion sessions will take place on Wednesdays in September — September 9, 16, 23, and 30 — from 4 pm to 5:30 pm.
Registration is required; you can read more about the sessions and register here.
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.