We hope that you are having an amazing summer. Here are some updates on some events that will be happening in the very near future.
H.308 (Act 54, 2017) Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel Discussion
Monday, August 28th at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Wednesday, August 30th the Unitarian Church in Burlington
H.308 (Act 54, 2017) created the Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel. This legislation was put forward and strongly supported by Justice For All, the Racial Justice Reform Coalition (30 Vermont organizations) and the entire community. Come out and learn more about the law and provide input and recommendations on implementation and next steps. Because of you, the law exists. It will take your continued involvement to ensure that it is implemented effectively.
We will announce other dates as they are finalized.
* Note: Don’t miss the first Racial Disparities Advisory Panel meeting on the 29th of August at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be in room 10 at the State House.
Kickoff Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel Meeting
When: Tuesday, 29 August at 2:00 PM
Where: Statehouse, Room 10
H.308 (Act 54, 2017) created the Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel. This legislation was put forward and strongly supported by Justice For All, the Racial Justice Reform Coalition (30 Vermont organizations) and the entire community. Come out and show your support. The power of the people is derived from the transparency and accountability of our government. Your involvement is needed more than ever.
The New Poor People’s Campaign: A National Moral Revival – The Gathering: A Time for Reflection, Revival and Resistance
When: Sunday September 3rd From 5:30 till 8:00 PM
Where: Unitarian Church in Montpelier
This is the fourth installment of “The Gathering” series, by Repairers of The Breach. The Poor People’s Campaign tour is underway and we are growing a movement. Come and prepare for action with us!
Live from Raleigh, North Carolina, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove co-host this monthly program to equip communities with resources for faithful reflection and public action on moral issues. The Gathering includes an introduction to a moral issue, immersion in freedom songs that inform how we engage the issue, an interview with folks directly impacted by the issue, and a theological engagement with the issue that names a specific call to moral action. September’s issue is LIVING WAGE in partnership with Fight For $15 on Sunday, Sept. 3.
You can learn more about the New Poor People’s Campaign and this nation al call for a moral revival here:
Bring the kids and the snacks and beverages you like.
Don’t forget our monthly general meeting (every third Thursday) at the Unitarian Church, in Montpelier.
As you consider where you are investing in social justice issues, remember the racial referendum that we just experienced in our national election. Consider donating to Justice For All, an organically grown, Vermont-based racial justice organization that has been here doing the work over the past couple of years.
Over this past year we worked in a coalition to successfully deliver the Vermont Fair and Impartial Policing Policy, Law Enforcement Professional Regulation and the Racial Disparities Panel . Our work continues with numerous community outreach activities, Vermont Justice Coalition, Coalition on Racial Justice Reform and much more but we need your help to continue.
#DecisionPoints is a open source data collection initiative that is underway. This open platform will provide the community access to our data and enable transparency and accountability. Help us with this effort.
Sign These Petitions
Say no to The War on Drugs” that is being waged by Jeff Sessions
Implement Oversight of All Law Enforcement Agencies in Vermont
Racial Justice Reform and a Constitutional Amendment
Establish a Racial Oversight Board in Vermont H.492
Establish a Racial Justice Oversight Board S.116
Thank you for your support!