We are a faith-based, grassroots community organizing group. Our issues are chosen by the people at our member congregations who seek to create a more just and compassionate world.
In light of the horrific examples of racial injustice displayed on the news across our country, many of our congregations have engaged in study and discussion about how to address the evils of white supremacy and systemic racism. VIA has formed three groups to address various aspects of racial injustice: in business, in land & housing ownership, and in public safety.
When Vermonters' housing costs are more than 30% of their income, their housing is unaffordable. We work to increase the number of housing units for low and moderate income Vermonters.
Our Central Vermont local organizing committee has worked diligently to eradicate homelessness in Washington County. All our neighbors deserve to have a safe, warm place to call home. We will continue to work toward ensuring this for our people.
We've focused on preparing inmates for release, so that they can succeed and not recidivate. More recently, we have turned our attention to pressing for a more restorative and healing culture in our facilities, especially in the women's prison.
Eleven million undocumented persons have no pathway to citizenship, even though they have contributed greatly to the country they call home -- essential workers, DREAMERs, TPS holders, and farmworkers. VIA works with our national network's campaign to win immigration reform.
Join VIA's statewide effort of organizing for social change in our criminal justice system, fighting for racial justice, and pressing to eradicate homelessness and build more affordable housing.
From January to June, 2022, our VIA Local Organizing Ministries on the above-mentioned issues will be urging legislators to support certain bills, such as H406 Cultural and Economic Empowerment Centers for POC, H422 Decriminalize Personal Possession of Certain Drugs, and S210 Rental Registry and Inspection System. Contact Debbie at email@example.com to find out more.