We were grateful to host the webinar on Racial Justice Work in Vermont. Being able to highlight such a range of work related to Racial Justice was inspiring.
It is our hope that people who attended will choose at least one group to get involved with a long term commitment. Most of these groups need member, volunteers, and donors. Please give deeply of your time and resources. More people need to do more.
For folks of color looking for affinity spaces, please connect with Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington, The Root Social Justice Center, and us, the PJC. (Contact info below.)
There were expenses for the PJC to put on this free webinar. Please consider becoming a member so you can join and sustain our work. Membership starts at $15/year or through volunteering.
For those who weren’t able to attend, or for others wanted to share the event, here is a video of the webinar. It begins at minute 5:55 due to some technical complications we had.
A word on anti-militarism and it’s intersection with racism
To get more involved in the effort to cancel the unjust, environmentally and globally racist F-35 basing, and to work together towards a grounded and powerful local anti-military movement, please join this facebook group and/or contact Jennifer Decker at (802) 922-0316.
Prison and Police Abolition
For those who had questions and want more information on abolition movements, Critical Resistance is a great place to start. And for Police Abolition, check out The Marshall Project‘s curated list of resources. Groups working for decarceration and decriminalization in Vermont include the ACLU of Vermont, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, and the Women’s Justice & Freedom Initiative.
Policy Change to Address Policing in Burlington
For those with ideas for and interest in organizing for police reform through policy change in Burlington, please contact email@example.com. We would like to be part of organizing in advance of July’s Police Commission meeting to create a coordinated effort to uplift BLMGB’s demands.
Use this growing list black individuals in Vermont to support through direct financial reparations. This is a document was made by some friends of the PJC who we are incredibly grateful to.
Media by POC
In answer to some comments, here is an incomplete list of media made by POC.
If you don’t believe electoral politics matter for Racial Justice, you have to ask why the right wing works so hard to suppress Black voter rights. Please watch Suppressed: The Fight to Vote which is a 37 minute documentary about the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S.
And here is the list of participating groups from the panel:
The Windham County Branch of the NAACP
Contact: Steffen Gillom – Branch President; Sarah Wiggins – Branch Secretary
firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Windham NAACP website
Windham NAACP facebook
Black Lives Matter– Greater Burlington (BLMGB)
BLMGB Coordinated Action Form
White Caucus for Collective Liberation
Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools (VCESES)
Contact: Alyssa Chen
If you’d like to join our listserve and learn more about us please fill out this form.
Peace & Justice Center (PJC)
Contact: Kina Thorpe or Rachel Siegel
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Rise Upper Valley!; VT and NH Lawyers Guild
Police and prison abolition work
State of Vermont Representative Diana González
Please join the work of at least one of these groups through time or money! Again, we need more people doing more.
And remember, there were expenses for the PJC to put on this free webinar. Please consider becoming a member so you can join and sustain our work. Membership starts at $15/year or through volunteering.