We Support Flying the Black Lives Matter flag at Montpelier High School

We Support Flying the Black Lives Matter flag at Montpelier High School

During the month of February, Montpelier High School is flying a Black Lives Matter flag outside the school. Montpelier Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Ricca told Vermont Public Radio (VPR) that the school board made the decision unanimously after working for a year with the student-led Racial Justice Alliance. According to Ricca, the decision to fly the Black Lives Matter Flag is part of a larger process that includes training for administration and staff in implicit bias and cultural competency.

Rights & Democracy leader Rep. Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) and 75 other lawmakers have asked folks to join them in supporting the work of these Montpelier High School students. Sign your name today!

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February 1, 2018

Principal Michael McRaith

Montpelier High School

5 High School Drive

Montpelier, VT 05602


Dear Principal McRaith:

On behalf of the members listed below, we send our sincerest thanks and congratulations on the school and school board’s decision to fly the Black Lives Matter flag for the month of February, in honor of Black History Month.

As you know, our state is known for its leadership on issues of social justice and racial equity. The courage to lead comes from within and is most powerful when driven by the voices of our youth. To honor those voices and stand in solidarity with marginalized communities, to recognize the unique experiences of African-Americans in Vermont and the United States, and to foster courageous conversations on issues of race is inspiring and commendable. Our current political climate is fraught with division and mischaracterizations of “the other” in ways that hurt us all. We recognize and lift up your work to bridge those divides in our local, state and national communities.

We stand with you today and applaud your positive efforts.


Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Grand Isle-Chittenden</br />
Representative Amy Sheldon, Addison-1
Representative Alice Miller, Bennington-3
Representative Anne Donahue, Washington-2
Representative Barbara Rachelson, Chittenden-6-6
Representative Ben W. Joseph, Grand Isle-Chittenden
Representative Brian Cina, Chittenden-6-4
Representative Carol Ode, Chittenden-6-1
Representative Charles Conquest, Orange-Caledonia
Representative Curt McCormack, Chittenden-6-3
Representative Cynthia Weed, Franklin-7
Representative Daniel Connor, Franklin-6
Representative David Sharpe, Addison-4
Representative David Yacovone, Lamoille-Washington
Representative David Potter, Rutland-2
Representative Diana Gonzalez, Chittenden-6-7
Representative Elizabeth "Betsy" Dunn, Chittenden-8-1
Representative Emily Long, Windham-5
Representative Gabrielle Lucke, Windsor-4-2
Representative Helen Head, Chittenden-7-3
Representative James Masland, Windsor-Orange-2
Representative Janet Ancel, Washington-6
Representative Jessica Brumsted, Chittenden-5-2
Representative Jill Krowinski, Chittenden-6-3
Representative Johannah Donovan, Chittenden-6-5
Representative John Gannon, Windham-6
Representative John L. Bartholomew, Windsor-1
Representative Joseph Troiano, Caledonia-2
Representative Kathryn Webb, Chittenden-5-1
Representative Kevin "Coach" Christie, Windsor-4-2
Representative Kimberly Jessup, Washington-5
Representative Lawrence Cupoli, Rutland-5-2
Representative Maida Townsend, Chittenden-7-4
Representative Martin LaLonde, Chittenden-7-1
Representative Mary Sullivan, Chittenden-6-5
Representative Matthew Hill, Lamoille-2
Representative Matthew Trieber, Windham-3
Representative Michael Mrowicki, Windham-4
Representative Michael Yantachka, Chittenden-4-1
Representative Mollie S. Burke, Windham-2-2
Representative Peter Conlon, Addison-2
Representative Rachael Fields, Bennington-2-1
Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Rutland-Bennington
Representative Robin Scheu, Addison-1
Representative Ruqaiyah "Kiah" Morris, Bennington-2-2
Representative Sam Young, Orleans-Caledonia
Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Orange-2
Representative Selene Colburn, Chittenden-6-4
Representative Susan Buckholz, Windsor-4-1
Representative Terence Macaig, Chittenden-2
Representative Theresa Wood, Washington-Chittenden
Representative Thomas Stevens, Washington-Chittenden
Representative Timothy Briglin, Windsor-Orange-2
Representative Tristan Toleno, Windham-2-3
Representative Valerie A. Stuart, Windham-2-1
Representative Warren F. Kitzmiller, Washington-4
Representative William Botzow II, Bennington-1
Representative William J. Lippert Jr., Chittenden-4-2
President Pro Tem Timothy Ashe, Chittenden District
Senator Anthony Pollina, Washington District
Senator Becca Balint, Windham District
Senator Brian Campion, Bennington District
Senator Christopher A. Pearson, Chittenden District
Senator Christopher Bray, Addison District
Senator Claire Ayer, Addison District
Senator Clarkson, Windsor District
Senator Debbie Ingram, Chittenden District
Senator Francis Brooks, Washington District
Senator Jeannette White, Windham District
Senator Philip Baruth, Chittenden District
Senator Joseph Benning, Caledonia District
Senator Mark MacDonald, Orange District
Senator Dick McCormack, Windsor District
Senator Michael Sirotkin, Chittenden District
Senator Richard Sears, Bennington District
Senator David Soucy, Rutland District
Senator Virginia Lyons, Chittenden District

356 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Matthew LeFluer
    signed 2018-04-10 16:30:57 -0400
    All. Vermont’s. Lives. Matter.
  • John Rosenblum
    signed 2018-02-15 14:26:29 -0500
  • rebecca kodis
    signed 2018-02-13 10:53:13 -0500
  • Tim Palmer
    signed 2018-02-12 14:32:46 -0500
  • Shelley Rinaldi
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-12 14:04:28 -0500
    Sign the petition: We Support Flying the Black Lives Matter flag at Montpelier High School
  • Shelley Rinaldi
    signed 2018-02-12 14:03:54 -0500
  • Jill Evans
    signed 2018-02-12 14:03:40 -0500
  • Harper Simpson
    signed 2018-02-12 10:54:25 -0500
    Harper Simpson
  • Karen Holmes
    signed via 2018-02-12 10:06:19 -0500
  • Michelle Durney
    signed via 2018-02-12 09:40:13 -0500
    Michelle Durney
  • Simeon Crossman
    signed 2018-02-12 05:12:10 -0500
  • Noel Riby-Williams
    signed via 2018-02-11 23:07:52 -0500
  • Charlie Murphy
    signed 2018-02-11 21:59:17 -0500
  • Sean McIntyre
    signed via 2018-02-11 19:31:53 -0500
    I fully support Montpelier High School’s decision to fly the Black Lives Matter Flag, and am impressed by the level of civic engagement among the students at MPHS. Kudos to the young people who made this happen.

    When the people lead, the leaders will follow.
  • Joan Farmer
    signed 2018-02-11 16:40:46 -0500
  • Jocie Moore
    signed 2018-02-11 15:15:06 -0500
  • Elise Doner
    signed 2018-02-11 10:25:54 -0500
  • Meredith Ozier
    signed via 2018-02-11 00:03:50 -0500
  • Amy Wertenbaker
    signed 2018-02-10 20:22:44 -0500
  • Alexander Utevsky
    signed via 2018-02-10 19:33:01 -0500
    Well done to Montpelier High School for raising the BLM flag in solidarity with students/ community members of color, and especially for taking action by training staff about bias. I hope that the school will continue to fly the BLM flag after February- systemic racism and police bias and brutality against people of color will still be around after Black History Month is over…
  • Mary Brass
    signed via 2018-02-10 18:44:41 -0500
  • Betsy Bahrenburg
    signed 2018-02-10 18:24:15 -0500
  • Thomas Luce
    signed via 2018-02-10 16:46:08 -0500
    So happy to see this in 2018! Back in my day 1938 onward we never knew about this!
  • Jenna Hsiang
    signed 2018-02-10 14:28:32 -0500
  • Manny Mansbach
    signed 2018-02-10 10:53:57 -0500
    Great work folks. Thanks for your leadership!
  • Linnea Taylor
    signed 2018-02-10 09:17:22 -0500
  • Bobby Riley
    signed via 2018-02-10 09:09:45 -0500
  • Erin Rose
    signed 2018-02-10 09:03:58 -0500
  • michael meninger
    signed via 2018-02-10 01:01:44 -0500
    michael meninger
  • Andrea Mills
    signed 2018-02-09 23:25:31 -0500

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