Latest on Racial Justice Reform Bill H.492 and S.116


H.492, “An Act relating to Racial Justice Oversight Board” and H.523 (Fair and Impartial Policing) were both advanced to a third reading in the House yesterday.  They are both expected to be voted out of the House today.   S.116 has completed testimony in Senate Judiciary and mark-up of the bill will will start this morning at 10:30 AM.  Please Show up!

Date:  Thursday, April 13th

Time: 10:30 AM
Place: Vermont State House – (Senate Judiciary)  (See this map.)
Bring: Download and print a copy of this #racialjusticereformvt placard to bring with you to the statehouse to show your support!
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Here are some other things you can do:

The S.116 Petition is still extremely important!   It sends and email to everyone under the dome with each signature.
Petition for S.116  

You can still call the Sergeant at Arms and leave a message for your legislative delegation and expressing your support for H492 and S.116: 802-828-2228  You can also send an email:

Send a message to the Senate Judiciary Committee  expressing your support for S.116 –

Mail a postcard to your Senators and ask them to vote yes for S.116. Find them here:

Reminder about this evening:

The Racial Justice Reform Coalition and S.116 Sponsors will be hosting a film viewing of “13th” this evening.   Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Date:  Thursday , April 13th
Time: 5:30 AM
Place: Vermont State House – (Room 11)  (See this map.)

Later in the evening, we’ll be off to Sweet Melissa’s because it’s time to “Move Forward” with racial justice reform in Vermont. The state is positioned for success with the first racial justice reform legislation in history! You need to be here and show your support for our state leading the nation with racial justice. We’re almost there folks. Let’s move this bill forward and let’s celebrate!

Date: Thursday, April 13th
Time: 9:30 PM
Place: Sweet Melissa’s


Please help us with your membership, provide organizational support or simply provide a contribution.  Help us continue this work in Vermont.

Over this past year we worked in a coalition to successfully deliver the Vermont Fair and Impartial Policing Policy for all law enforcement agencies in the state.  Our work continues with numerous community outreach activities, Vermont Justice Coalition, Coalition on Racial Justice Reform, the Law Enforcement Professional Regulation Committee and much more but we need your help to continue.

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Thank you for your support!

Mark Hughes
Justice For All