Vermont is not immune to the dangerous times we’re living in. We will always do everything we can to interrupt hate speech and extremism, and we will continue to work to make Vermont a welcoming and safe place for everyone. Hate cannot stop art.
Here are some ways that you can help support our diverse communities here in Vermont:
- Support Black people. But if you are a white person, realize that they don’t need to be taking care of us. Don’t lay your own heartache and anger on top of theirs. Here are some Vermont-based Black-led groups:
- Support the LGBTQ+ Community by attending upcoming LGBTQ+ arts events and supporting community organizations:
- Pride Center of Vermont – Social Programs, Services, & Support for LGBTQ+ Adults Statewide
- Outright Vermont – Services, Support, & Social Progams for LGBTQ+ youth age 22 and under, and their families
- Out in the Open – Out in the Open connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge and power.
- The Prism Center at UVM – serves the diverse queer and trans communities at the University of Vermont.
Pride Center of Vermont’s THRIVE Program – Group for Queer & Trans People of Color to share space and build community with one another! With a wide range of events and activities, we hope to support all QTPOC Vermonters.
- Support the local anti-racist movement
- Support the national anti-racist movement and our neighbors in Minneapolis, Louisville, Atlanta, New York, and elsewhere. Here are some groups suggested by friends:
- Read and learn about the historical causes of structural racism and white supremacy and what you can do about it. Vermont Humanities has prioritized presenting African American scholars and writers on these themes for several years. Here are books by authors that we’ve presented. (The links go to Indie Bound; please shop your local bookstore).
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- Black is the Body by UVM English professor Emily Bernard
- The Hate U Give by Angie C. Thomas, Vermont Reads 2020
- On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay McKesson
- Take action. Write letters, join a protest, send supplies to our neighbors who need them, talk with your kids or your parents, VOTE. We won’t tell you how to take action – you have to decide what’s right for you. But, please, we can all do something. Here’s a good list of possible actions, it’s geared towards white folks but it’s relevant for everyone.
Suggestions from readers
- Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher