2020-2021 Focus on Vermont
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
Mount Mansfield Community Television and
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, Vermont
Moderator: The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor
How far have we come as Americans in confronting racism? This is a topic that remains so intimidating and painful that we prefer not to talk about it in public for fear of what we might say or reveal, or how others might see or treat us. In this forum series, we wish to create a safe space where we can speak openly and honestly as people of good intent who seek the best for each other and our nation as we honestly face the racial divisions of our past and present with the hope of reconciliation. This year’s forum series will focus on combating racism in Vermont.
HOW TO ATTEND: For the 2020-2021 program year each forum will be a virtual gathering through Zoom Video Conferencing and distributed through Mount Mansfield Community Television.
Zoom access links will be provided via the Good Shepherd E-Bulletin. Make sure you sign up to receive it!
If you have not used Zoom before, here’s a basic how-to about Joining a Zoom Meeting.
SUNDAY, SEPT 13 ~ Stopping Stone’s Virtual Installation Ceremony
On Sunday, September 13th, Good Shepherd Jericho and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue co-sponsored the installation of two commemorative markers (Stopping Stones) acknowledging the site where Lavinia Parker and her son Francis, two enslaved members of the Ethan Allen household, lived. Pastor Arnold was the moderator for this ceremony, which was held at the Ski Rack in Burlington, site of the former Allen estate.
The September 13 Stopping Stones Dedication for Lavinia and Francis Parker was recorded. You can WATCH ONLINE.
SCHEDULE OF GUEST SPEAKERS
October 2020 thru June 2021
WEDNESDAY, OCT 7, 2020, 7 PM – Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, City of Burlington
- Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City of Burlington
- Rev. Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Justice for All
- Zoraya Hightower, Councilwoman (Ward 1)
- Max Tracy, City Council President (Ward 2)
TUESDAY, NOV 10, 2020, 7 PM ~ Future Forecast for America Following 2020 Elections
- Bor Yang, Executive Director & Legal Counsel, Vermont Human Rights Commission
- Hal Colston, Deputy Mayor, Winooski, Vermont and State Representative
- Kesha Ram, Candidate, State Senator, Vermont
- Tyeastia Green, Director of Racial Equity, Burlington, Vermont
TUESDAY, DEC 1, 2020, 7 PM ~ Growing Up Black in Rural Vermont
- African American High School Students (Mount Mansfield Union High School, Woodstock Union High School and Randolph Union High School) share their experiences.
WEDNESDAY, JAN 13, 2021, 7 PM ~ “The Meeting.”
- A virtual production of Shades of Truth Theater. The Meeting is a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
WEDNESDAY, FEB 24, 2021, 7 PM ~ Is There a Future for Black Entrepreneurs in Vermont?
- Robert Hughes, Hughes Development Properties
- Leslie McCrorey Wells, Pizzeria Verità, Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca
- Earl Ransom, Strafford Creamery
- Al Wakefield, Wakefield Global
WEDNESDAY, MAR 24, 2021, 7 PM ~ Black Female Activists in Vermont
- Ebony Kirkland, Black Lives Matter, Vermont
- Shela Linton, Organizer/Program Coordinator, The Root
- Sha’an Mouliert, Community Organizer, Educator, Artist
WEDNESDAY, APR 21, 2021, 7 PM ~ Reimagining Policing and Public Safety in Vermont
- Lieutenant Robert Lucas, Commander of the Williston State Police Barracks
- Maroni Minter, Campaign Director, Vermont ACLU
- Captain Garry Scott, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing, Vermont State Police
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2021, 7 PM ~ NAACP in Vermont
- How far have we come as Americans in confronting racism? This is a topic that remains so intimidating and painful that we prefer not to talk about it in public for fear of what we might say or reveal, or how others might see or treat us. In this forum series, we wish to create a safe space where we can speak openly and honestly as people of good intent who seek the best for each other and our nation as we honestly face the racial divisions of our past and present with the hope of reconciliation. This year’s forum series will focus on combating racism in Vermont.
Rev. Dr Isidore Thomas moderates a conversation with Steffen Gillom, President of Windham County NAACP and Mia Schultz, President of the Rutland NAACP. They will share their thoughts regarding major issues and concerns of Black Americans, including Black Vermonters.
WEDNESDAY, JUN 9, 2021, 7 PM ~ The Social Equity Caucus
- In the summer of 2019, Vermont state senators, representatives and citizens met at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, Vermont to form the Social Equity Caucus to advocate for the creation and passage of social justice legislation affecting people of color. We shall hear and discuss what progress has been made from its founding members, State Representative Kevin Christie, State Representative Brian China, and State Representative Lucy Rogers.