“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to work to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Ask Senate Appropriations to Fund S.281 and PASS it out of Committee ASAP
This bill which was originally intended to create a commission to mitigate systemic racism in Vermont, was passed out of Senate Government Operations as a funded AND independent body (5-0). Now it is up to Senate Appropriations to approve the funding and they need to do it quick! They will get the bill on the 13th and Appropriations cross-over is on the 16th of March! There is little if any time to delay!
This could likely be the most important bill that the Senate passes this session. Please ask Senate Appropriations to immediately fund and pass S.281 out of Committee. Please pass this call to action to EVERYONE on your mailing list.
Call the Statehouse and leave a message for Senators, Kitchel, Nitka, Sears, Starr, McCormack, Ashe, Westman and Balint with S.281 in the subject line, asking that the committee “immediately fund and pass S.281 out of Senate Appropriations Committee.”
Please send an email to this address email@example.com, requesting that they “immediately fund and pass S.281 out of Senate Appropriations Committee.” Make sure that S.281 is in the subject line.
PLEASE submit any statements and testimony NOW! Include your name, your title, your organization, the date and the bill (S.281) on your statement or testimony. You can send them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice For All's Work Continues in the Global Novel COVID-19 Pandemic
Our work is more important than ever now because the COVID-19 pandemic (as with any major crises) amplifies the the impact of systemic racism and poverty on black and brown and poor people. The good news is that the COVID-19 crises is now shining a light on the edifice of structures of oppression, giving our honest selves the fleeting opportunity to earnestly address them. We are working with impacted communities to understand the extent of their challenges and concerns, monitoring national, state and local responses to the pandemic and collaborating with the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance on public policy advocacy. Please do your part in saving lives. Unless absolutely necessary, please stay at home!