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Jun. 18 | Community Conversations: Race And Policing In Vermont

Join VPR and Vermont PBS on for a virtual community conversation on race and policing in Vermont.
Kyle Blair
Vermont PBS
Join VPR and Vermont PBS on Thursday, June 18 for a virtual community conversation.

Since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, calls for police reform and an end to systemic racism have echoed across the country, including Vermont. Join VPR and Vermont PBS for a virtual community conversation on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. Co-hosts Peter Hirschfeld (VPR) and Traci Griffith (St. Michael's College) will lead a discussion about issues of race, injustice and policing in Vermont.

Our guests are:

  • Xusana Davis, Vermont's executive director of racial equity
  • Jon Murad, acting chief of police for the Burlington Police Department
  • Ali Dieng, Burlington city councilor for Ward 7
  • Mia Schultz, Bennington resident, vice chair of the Bennington Town Democratic Party and a member of the Vermont Ethnic Studies Coalition
  • Mark Anderson, sheriff for Windham County and a representative of the Vermont Sheriffs' Association
  • Stephanie Seguino, professor of economics at the University of Vermont and fellow with the Gund Institute for the Environment

And we want to hear from you: what do you make of recent calls for police reform? What does reform look like to you at this moment? We encourage you to join in the discussion by sharing your thoughts and questions.

Event FAQ:

How will this virtual event work?
This event will be conducted via Zoom webinar. Start by registering here. We need your email in order to send you the link and reminder to join the event.

Will other attendees be able to see or hear me?
You and all of our attendees will only be able to see the host and the guests, unless you ask a question or make a comment using audio.

Will I have to use Zoom or any other video conferencing?
Yes, this event will happen within Zoom. You can also watch on Facebook Live.

Will this event be broadcast?
This event will not be a live broadcast. We and/or Vermont PBS may broadcast it at a later date.

What if I have another question that wasn't answered here?
Send us a message here!

Editor's note: VPR invited Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette to participate. He could not and did not respond to a request for a statement. Chief Doucette's response was mischaracterized during the live broadcast.

Anna Ste. Marie joined the organization in early 2017 in the Marketing & Engagement department. She got her start as an intern for Vermont Edition while receiving her B.A. in Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts from St. Michael’s College in 2016. Anna is a lifelong Vermonter, hailing from the Northeast Kingdom. She loves flowers, cats, TikTok, crafts and the juiciest reality TV drama.
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