This February 12th, the Vermont Workers' Center is supporting a people of color-led effort to raise awareness for racial justice through recognizing Black Lives Matter Day at the statehouse. See below for more information on the event, and click here to view the solidarity statement with Black Lives Matter, drafted and signed by the VWC and other Vermont Human Rights Council member organizations.
Black Lives Matter Day: Racial Justice Solidarity!
February 12, 2016
Join people from across the state as we gather at the Vermont State House for Black Lives Matter Day. In 2015, Governor Peter Shumlin declared February 12th as Black Lives Matter Day, stating in the proclamation, "We must continue to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities for all populations, and support efforts to increase diversity and promote racial equality in our Green Mountain State."
The reality is that racial and ethnic disparities in Vermont will not change unless we as people come together to educate ourselves, organize, and create strategies for change. Racial justice will happen when people of color and white people are able to come together to stand in solidarity and to hold our communities accountable to racial justice.
We will begin assembling at 9:15 am, Join us for a day at the statehouse! Scheduled events include, Black Lives Matter panel, the kickoff of "I am Vermont Too" project. Lunch with legislators, and People of Color Caucus meeting.
For more information contact: Shela Linton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ebony Nyoni at email@example.com