Working to combat and dismantle systemic racism to ensure equal rights and treatment are afforded to all Vermonters.
Systemic racism permeates the United States. Vermont is no exception. To build a state free of systemic racism where justice is afforded to all, equally, Vermont must reckon with the ways in which it perpetuates racial injustice – and dismantle those policies, putting antiracist ones in their place.
VPIRG is committed to advocating for policy that advances the cause of racial equity in a wide array of policy spaces. To do so, we will support the work and leadership of the groups and individuals who are at the forefront of this fight for justice in Vermont – in particular Black and other BIPOC Vermonters.
The public interest is threatened by all forms of injustice, and the fight for justice calls for all our voices. By working alongside our allies to dismantle a system that marginalizes, discriminates and promotes violence against people based on the color of their skin, VPIRG is supports initiatives that establish equitable treatment for all, allow us to reckon with Vermont’s past – and present – perpetuation of systemic racism, and ultimately build a community free from systemic racism.
Organizations in Vermont that have been doing the work of advancing racial justice:
- ACLU of Vermont
- Association of Africans Living in Vermont (AALV)
- Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington
- Central Vermont Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Champlain Area NAACP
- Justice for All
- Migrant Justice (Justicia Migrante)
- Peace and Justice Center
- Rise Upper Valley
- The Root Social Justice Center
- Rutland Area NAACP
- Show Up for Racial Justice Middlebury
- Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
- Windham County Vermont NAACP
Recent Racial Justice News
Today, VPIRG joined the ACLU of Vermont, Justice for All, and more than a dozen other organizations in releasing a letter urging Vermont leaders to fundamentally reimagine the role of police in Vermont communities and to commit to the ten-point action plan below. Police reform is just one component of a much broader push to dismantle ...Read More
Two months ago, after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, we told you that VPIRG “stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and working to address systemic racism.” Solidarity isn’t about making a statement – it’s about taking action. In launching our Racial Justice Program, we are committed to doing more than just ...Read More
According to the EPA, environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” A goal which will be achieved “when everyone enjoys (1) the same degree of protection from environmental ...Read More
Right now, all across the country, Americans are protesting in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. VPIRG stands in solidarity with those demanding justice and working to address systemic racism. The killing that sparked the demonstrations this week happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But the systemic racism and broken criminal justice system that ...Read More