Call or email the House Judiciary Committee before Friday and let them know they need to vote H. 492, the racial justice reform bill, out of committee this week and to the House floor for a vote and onto the Senate to ensure passage before adjournment.
That was the takeaway from RAD's first Take Action Tuesday call with Mark Hughes of the Justice for All Coalition.
Lead Organizer Elise Greaves spoke with Hughes about the organization Justice For All, as well as the broad-based coalition that has been organizing around an historic piece of racial justice legislation, H. 492.The bill creates an unprecedented Racial Justice Oversight Board that will oversee the implementation of mitigating strategies to address implicit bias in state law and policy.
Here is the link to our full call (which we've posted to our YouTube channel), which includes an important slideshow.
The bill has been weakened with sections related to law enforcement, but Mark is hopeful that the bill can be improved and restored to its near original form in the Senate. Testimony concluded Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, and RAD members are encouraged to email the House Judiciary Committee to vote it out of committee and onto a full vote by the House floor so that it can be taken up in the Senate.
You can also call the Sgt. at Arms office at (802) 828-2228 and leave a message for Committee members or find your legislator and send them a message to support H. 492.
Justice for All has an online petition supporting this legislation, along with key background information on how to join their organization, support its work, and take action on key legislation—locally throughout Vermont and in the State House.
You can also visit this page: The Racial Justice Reform Omnibus Bill for updates and calls to action.
These Tuesday evening calls offer ways for people to take action here in Vermont. RAD knows all too well that there a lot of frustration nationally, but we have a lot of work to do here at home. These half-hour calls are designed to connect you to the organizations and issues that need your voice or time.
We’ll send out RSVP notices in our Monday call-to-action emails, and will set up a page on our website to highlight each call. You can sign up for our weekly emails on our website.
As part of a national movement to lead mass political education events, Rights & Democracy launched a new series of weekly “Take Action Tuesday” organizing calls. Around the country, our sister organizations are leading mass political education events throughout the month of April based on a study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence. We are joining in this effort by bringing attention to the needs in our state across multiple, but interconnected, issues of rights, justice, and democracy.
Here are the topics we’ll be focusing on in upcoming Take Action Tuesday calls:
- April 11, 2017 - Economic Justice
- April 18, 2017 - Climate/Environmental Justice
- April 25, 2017 - Immigrant Rights
- May 2, 2017 - Movement Politics
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