Racial Justice in Essex

November 11, 2020

This is an update about the racial equity work happening in Essex. There are several ways for you to participate in improving safety, policing and racial justice in Essex:

UPDATE

  1. Please take a few minutes to answer a survey at https://forms.gle/b61jnem3fUn3tWwv7  Please invite others to answer the survey as well. We are especially interested in hearing from young people and BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) who live(d) or work(ed) in Essex. The survey will be open until Monday, November 16.
  2. We are forming a task force to review the results of the survey and the recent Community Listening Sessions and to create a plan of action to address inequities, that is informed by the voices of underrepresented residents. The task force will include students, community members, members of the police department, and municipal leaders. If you are interested in serving on this task force, please reach out to Jill Evans at the Community Justice Center (jevans@essex.org) by November 20, 2020.

Thank you for your interest as we continue this work. For more information, please contact Deputy Manager Greg Duggan at gduggan@essex.org

OTHER NEWS

  1. Thank you to the more than 50 community members who participated in one of four listening sessions recently held to discuss safety, policing and racial justice in Essex. Our final listening session was held with members of the Nepali community on November 1st.
  2. Have you heard of VIEW (Voices for Inclusion in Essex & Westford)? VIEW is a group of diverse community members who are working to create events and opportunities for Essex and Westford residents that allow for all voices to be heard and understood. VIEW wants to strengthen our community by looking at it through the various lenses of people we live and work with. If you are interested in learning more please reach out to Karen Dolan at kdolan@essex.org and/or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/947416479013737

If you want to receive occasional updates about this work, please email Deputy Manager Greg Duggan and he will add you to an email distribution list. You can reach Greg at gduggan@essex.org

Lastly, for an update about state level work around policing and racial justice, please see a webpage seeking input on several draft policies that are being worked on: https://dps.vermont.gov/modernization

Sincerely,
Evan Teich, Unified Manager, Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction
Ron Hoague, Essex Police Chief
Greg Duggan, Deputy Manager, Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction
Elaine Haney, Selectboard Chair
Vince Franco, Selectboard