Policy and Policing Subgroup Meeting Tuesday, 10/6/20 @ 7p

By | October 6, 2020

The RRE Policy and Policing subgroup is meeting Tuesday evening, October 5, 2020, 7p at the following Zoom link for anyone interested in an update and review of next steps:

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RRE Subgroup on Policy & Policing Meeting 9/29/20 @ 70

By | September 29, 2020

Christine canceled this week’s meeting but the P&P group would like to gather briefly to plan ahead for a public ed meeting in support of Fair and Impartial Policing Policy, to include (so far) a 1/2 hour of presentation (Intro from RRE, Migrant Justice, Migrant Workers, Asma – we can hash out the details now that we have a date) followed by a Q & A on the evening of Thursday, Oct 22. Please join if interested and able. Connie

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Want to learn about Fair and Impartial Policing Policies?

By | September 24, 2020

Here’s a document to learn about how a Fair and Impartial Policing Policy could benefit all of the community members of Richmond, and Vermont as a whole. >> FIP – 11X17

Feel free to print it out and share!

Most businesses and libraries can print off the 11×17 version. Here’s the simplified version in letter format if you’re using a home printer.

Book Group in September/October: “me and white supremacy” by Layla F. Saad

By | August 26, 2020

The Richmond Racial Equity group will be conducting a book group discussion series in September and October, focusing on the groundbreaking 2020 book “me and white supremacy” by Layla F. Saad. (Visit the book’s own website here: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/)

Our sessions will take place on Thursday evenings at 7 via Zoom. Our first meeting will be on September 3 to discuss the structure of the group and the pace — properly studying the book includes a lot of self-examination and journaling and we want to make sure we don’t take things too quickly.

If you’re not familiar with the book, you can also read about it here: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/06/887646740/me-and-white-supremacy-helps-you-do-the-work-of-dismantling-racism.

To purchase a copy of the book from a Black-owned bookstore, visit this link: https://bookshop.org/books/me-and-white-supremacy-combat-racism-change-the-world-and-become-a-good-ancestor/9781728209807

To sign up for the book group, contact our facilitator, Madeleine Dougherty.

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 a spontaneous way and may be sharing a story with community members for the first time. Each person has three minutes to share, and the facilitators (who will also tell a story) will keep time and invite questions or brief comments after each story. On September 2, we have availability for 16 people.

Who is facilitating? Rebecca Starks (Richmond) and Jessica Handrik (Bolton) share a belief in the power of stories to strengthen relationships and build community connectedness. Let us know if you’d like to facilitate Story Circle; we’d like to expand this event and offer it every second Wednesday of each month.

How are Story Circles connected to RREA’s efforts? We envision Story Circles as a long-term effort, building trust in the community and laying a groundwork that we hope will reduce polarization and improve civic discourse and engagement, and provide more fertile ground for racial equity work. Our hope is that as people feel heard telling their own stories, they will be more open to hearing the stories of others.

Will ongoing Story Circles continue with the same 8 people? We are envisioning a mix of ongoing participants with some turnover each time, as new people sign up. We plan to offer a new sign-up each month, and if there are enough people on a waitlist to warrant it, we will look for a facilitator to offer another circle that month.

What is the story prompt/topic for September 2? Share a story about a time when you experienced a sense of connection with a fictional character. You can be any age when this occurred. It can be from any medium (book,TV/film, play, radio/podcast, etc).

How do I sign up? Email Rebecca Starks to receive the Zoom link: rstarks@gmail.com

Support Black-Owned Businesses and Organizations

By | August 17, 2020

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