Systemic racism continues to be at the heart our social and political processes and policies. The issue was acknowledged through the enactment of legislation that asked for advice through a panel, the Human Rights Commission and the Attorney General (H.308). We must now create the Commission that has the authority to take action necessary to mitigate systemic racism in Vermont.
S.281 is the bill being put forth to do so. I have asked the Senate Judiciary Chair to take up the bill and informed the sponsor of our desire to modify the bill with our proposed language.
Now is the time to call for the Senate Judiciary to take up this bill. Here is what you can do to make it happen:
1) Communicate this call to action to your organizational network
2) Send note to Senate Government Operations Committee requesting that they take up the bill: vermont-senate-
3) Call state house and ask your Senator and Chairman Sears to act now. Here is the number: 828.2228
Go here to see what the Coalition has drafted as proposed language for the bill.
We will be unable to truly address any of our social issues at their core, unless we address systemic racism.
Now is the time!
Racial Justice Reform Coalition