Transforming People and Communities
On Wed, June 2nd, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and members of the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee joined VIA's Corrections Reform organizing ministry as we shared our research, listened to stories from people who have experienced the system firsthand, and responded to our requests to create a corrections system that values a Culture of Wellness for residents and staff alike.
Our four main topics were:
The event was recorded and can be viewed on VIA's YouTube channel.
Liberatory Path Book Study: "So You Want to Talk
About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
This four part study on Thursday nights in June is being offered to folks who may not have done much work already around racial justice but feel that it is time to start. There is no cost for this series on Zoom, although participants will have to obtain the book - through a local bookstore, audiobook, library, borrowing from a friend, etc. If you are unable to get a copy but still wish to participate, please let us know.
This study will be led by Rev. Marjorie MacNeill and Rev. Leigh McCaffrey, with support from VIA staff.
Thurs, June 3 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Thurs, June 10 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Thurs, June 17 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Thurs, June 24 - 7:00 to 8:30 PM
VIA's campaign at the end of the Legislative Session accomplished a great deal regarding Affordable Housing and Homelessness. Together, we:
These efforts resulted in General Fund and federal ARPA money of $134 million this year to transition Vermonters in motels to housing and to construct hundreds of more units of permanent affordable housing.
Thank you for all your help!
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