Vermont Works for Women released a report that reveals that many young women in Vermont describe themselves as ill-equipped and under-prepared for the challenges of school, work, career, economic independence, and adulthood—absolutes that await them in the not-too-distant future.
Diversity & Equity
The Nulhegan Abenaki officially took ownership of the first Nulhegan tribal forestland in 200 years on Monday. The 65-acre parcel, located off May Farm Rd. in Barton, will be an economic, educational, and cultural resource for the tribe. The tribe worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Sierra Club to secure the forestland.
Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca announced the formation of the Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying Prevention Advisory Council. The advisory council will provide a regular forum for communication and collaboration between Vermont’s Commissioner of Education and the community.
The Burlington High School coordinator of Students and Families has been named Director of Equity for the Burlington School District. In his new combined role, Henri Sparks will be focused on making sure the district administration is responding to any incidents of harassment, discrimination, or other inequities. The new position is part of a larger plan to address issues of race and bias that have cropped up in the district over the last few months.
Burlington High School math teacher David Rome is challenging a 2011 report that says students of color are not getting a fair shake in Burlington’s public schools. According to Rome, the report is misleading and wrongly suggests the Burlington High School in need of drastic change.
With its small but rapidly growing minority population, Vermont’s top law enforcement officials and lawmakers are trying to ensure the state’s minorities don’t feel the sting of discrimination. Yet discrimination appears to be finding its way into the actions of at least some members of Vermont’s law enforcement community
A study of almost 50,000 traffic stops by the Vermont State Police over a year found that minority drivers were more likely to be pulled over and ticketed and their vehicles searched than white drivers were, officials said Wednesday.
A small group of farm workers and supporters say they were pleased with their meeting last week with Gov. Peter Shumlin and his legal counsel to discuss immigration issues in Vermont and ways to modify policing policies when it comes to migrant workers.
Gov. Peter Shumlin recently signed a bill that requires insurance companies to cover midwife-assisted births in Vermont. Buried in the new law — and virtually unnoticed by many — is a historic victory for the state’s transgender population.Link to full article
After closing down more than four years ago, the GLBT-themed Out in the Mountains newspaper is relaunching as a website, including news articles, columns, reviews and its popular statewide calendar and resource directory.Link to full article
Grassroots organizers and police chiefs in Chittenden County, working together as Uncommon Alliance, put the finishing touches on a report Wednesday that tracks racial profiling in this relatively diverse corner of Vermont.Link to full article
Two Vermont Native American tribes have moved one step closer to receiving state recognition — an effort that has been decades in the making.Link to full article
The Vermont Bar Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in grants to organizations that work to provided free legal services to the poor, disabled, and elderly. The Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE), of Bennington, received $2,400 of that money. PAVE offers services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence in a number of different ways. It runs a 24-hour victim’s hotline, has advocates stationed in court and the Bennington Police Department, offers transitional and emergency housing, runs support groups, and does outreach and education.Link to full article