Burlington community responds to smashed window, racist attack on office as part of a growing trend of racist hate growing alongside the 2016 Presidential Election

Burlington community responds to smashed window, racist attack on office as part of a growing trend of racist hate growing alongside the 2016 Presidential Election

Contact: Keith Brunner, Vermont Worker’s Center, 802-363-9615 / Will Lambek, Migrant Justice, 802-321-8393

When: March 24th, 2016, 6:30pm - 7pm

Where: 294 North Winooski Avenue -- Office of Vermont Workers’ Center, Migrant Justice, and United Electrical Workers union

What: Burlington community members are gathering tonight to denounce a racist attack on an Old North End community center that prominently displays a “Black Lives Matter” sign in their window.  Migrant Justice, the Vermont Workers’ Center, and the United Electrical (UE) workers’, all located at the community center at 294 North Winooski Ave, discovered the broken window when they arrived at work this morning.

Senowa Mize-Fox a member of the UE reflected, “As a person of color, union member, and a worker I am extremely disheartened to see a racially motivated act of violence against our communities.”

Kate Kanelstein of the Vermont Worker’s Center was one of the first to see the broken window and shared,  “This was a racially motivated response to the growing success and power of Black and immigrant-led movements for justice across the country.”  The Worker’s Center/Migrant Justice/UE office is an active hub for social and economic justice, and all three organizations have been strong and outspoken supporters of the national Black Lives Matter movement. Kanelstein continued, “We are calling on white people to stand in solidarity with people of color and immigrant communities to end oppression and violence."

In addition to denouncing this act of hatred and racism, sponsoring groups are planning a “Vermont Peoples Convention” April 30th - May 1st in collaboration with dozens of social justice organizations across Vermont.  The Convention will bring together hundreds of people to envision anti-racist solutions for systemic change.

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