Now is the time to show up with your perspective. This is where we tell the elected and appointed folks what we expect them to do to ensure that black and brown folks are not just welcome but thrive and prosper in the Greater Burlington area.
The State Racial Equity Director has been seated; the Mayor has committed to an Equity Officer, reporting to him, and; the City Council is considering a Resolution, creating a Standing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. This is an opportunity to tell them what equity looks like in Burlington.
Please show up and pass this along. The Mayor and City Council are planning to advance proposals later, in July. Let’s not let them move forward without us.
Mayor Weinberger. Confirmed
Chief Del Pozo. Confirmed
Superintendent Obeng. Invited What Equity Looks Like kin Burlington: As Goes Burlington…
Tuesday, July 9th 6:30 till 8:30
First Congregational Church
38 S. Winooski Ave, Burlington
There is lots of talk from elected officials about the necessity for Vermont to grow its economy. It can only do so with a dramatic change of the racial demographics of the State. We all know that this will not be sustainable until we address factors contributing to the systemic nature of racism in the State. The population and race demographics of Burlington scream the fact that “as goes Burlington, so goes Vermont. This is a community conversation about that.
Who are we, as City?
Who do we hope to become?
How will we get there?
These are some of the questions that many are asking. This strategic session will give us an opportunity to wrestle with some of these questions and discuss some solutions.
This will be a forum to hear from the community on matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. This is your opportunity to be heard. Bring your voices.
We’ll see you there!
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On Sunday, July 14th, at 3:00 pm we will be viewing “Slavery by Another Name.” Slavery By Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.
For most Americans this is entirely new history. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. There will be a brief overview of PR.2, the current proposal addressing slavery in the Vermont constitution. JFA provides community film viewings monthly on the 2nd Sunday.
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