Racial Justice Reform Coalition Activities – Week of April 10th

H.492, “An Act relating to Racial Justice Oversight Board”, will go to the House floor tomorrow. The Fair and Impartial Policing component that was decoupled from the bill will go to the House floor on Wednesday. Also, S.116 will continue testimony at 8:45 on Wednesday morning.

Please Show up at the statehouse to support each of these bills.
Bring: Download and print a copy of this #racialjusticereformvt placard to bring with you to the statehouse. By showing up with these placards we will not only be able to identify one another but this enables us to communicate our numbers.

Things you can do:
1) If you have not signed these petitions, they are still very important. They continue to notify everyone under the dome with each signature.
Petition for H.492
Petition for S.116

2) Call the Sergeant at Arms and leave a message for your legislative delegation and/or the House Judiciary expressing your support for H492 and S.116: 802-828-2228. You can also send an email: jmiller@leg.state.vt.us

3) Send a message to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing your support for S.116 – vermont-senate-judiciary@googlegroups.com

4) Mail a postcard to your representative and ask them to vote yes Tuesday for H.492. Find them here: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people

WAIT there’s more! The Racial Justice Reform Coalition and S.116 Sponsors will be hosting a film viewing of “13th”. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Date: Thursday, April 13th
Time: 5:30 AM
Place: Vermont State House – (Room 11) (See this map.)
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/287770841660894/

Trailer for 13th

Later in the evening, we’ll be off to Sweet Melissa’s because it’s time to “Move Forward” with racial justice reform in Vermont. The state is positioned for success with the first racial justice reform legislation in history! You need to be here and show your support for our state leading the nation with racial justice. We’re almost there folks. Let’s move this bill forward and let’s celebrate!

Date: Thursday, April 13th
Time: 9:30 PM
Place: Sweet Melissa’s
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/795246720643590/

As you consider where you are investing in social justice issues, remember the racial referendum that we just experienced in our national election. Consider donating to Justice For All, an organically grown, Vermont-based racial justice organization that has been here doing the work over the past couple of years.

Please help us with your membership, provide organizational support or simply provide a contribution. Help us continue this work in Vermont.

Over this past year we worked in a coalition to successfully deliver the Vermont Fair and Impartial Policing Policy for all law enforcement agencies in the state. Our work continues with numerous community outreach activities, Vermont Justice Coalition, Coalition on Racial Justice Reform, the Law Enforcement Professional Regulation Committee and much more but we need your help to continue.

#DecisionPoints is a open source data collection initiative that is underway. This open platform will provide the community access to our data and enable transparency and accountability. Help us with this effort.

Thank you for your support!

Mark Hughes
Justice For All

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