The First of Many Celebrations
On February 2nd, 2017 Justice for All hosted the Racial Justice Reform Coalition Kick-off party at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier, VT. Held on the eve of the release of the first draft of this ground-breaking piece of legislation, this party was a celebration of the forward momentum of the fight for racial justice in Vermont. In attendance were key drafters of the original bill proposal, sponsoring legislator Kevin “Coach” Christie and supporting members of the legislature, representatives from coalition member organizations, and an exuberant showing of community members eager to show their support for racial justice.
Justice for All Executive Director and co-founder Mark Hughes spoke on his excitement and passion for this piece of legislation and other racial justice efforts, Coach Christie said a few words on the importance of racial justice reform in Vermont, and additional speakers shared their thoughts on what racial justice means to them. This event also marked the launching of the “I Support Racial Justice Reform in Vermont” photo petition campaign. The first of many events, this kick-off merely marked the beginning of a series of celebrations as this legislation and this movement gain momentum and reach critical milestones in the powerful and indomitable march toward racial justice reform in Vermont and across the nation.
Here are some of the photos taken for our #racialjusticereformvt photo petition. There will be many more to come.