Racial Justice in Essex

October 26, 2020

Here is the latest update on the ongoing racial justice work in Essex:

UPDATE
Two brief but important updates on Essex's racial justice work, including the release of a survey to gather more input:
    1. The survey is available at https://forms.gle/ghCeMD3PoFjpd2bn6 The survey will be open until November 13. We would love your input, and please share with anyone and everyone who might like to give their feedback.
    2. The third community listening sessions happened on October 21. A fourth listening session is being organized for the Nepali community in early November.

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

COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS 

We are gathering community feedback about public safety and policing through virtual listening sessions and an online survey.

The first listening session took place on October 7, 2020. Sixteen people of various racial and ethnic identities who live and/or work in Essex participated. Participants included teens to older adults, people who have lived here for decades, as well as those who are newer to our community. The session was informative and promoted connections among people who did not previously know one another, an unexpected and welcome gift that stems from community dialogue. We encourage people to attend future sessions on October 14 and 21 and hope that similar connections can be made. Please consider participating and help to spread the word. Students are especially welcome. To RSVP, click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyxg2oqv1WbXmWONsVx4Qi3Jk8CJ6kKPPWYVmebHCY2640Gg/viewform

Upcoming sessions are taking place

  • Wednesday, October 14 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Virtual session open to all people who live(d) or work(ed) in Essex
  • Wednesday, October 21 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Virtual session to all people who live(d) or work(ed) in Essex

 In order to make these listening sessions accessible to all community members, we are offering several supports to participants:

  1. STIPENDS - We acknowledge that people from underrepresented groups have expertise to share that is uniquely important. We value your perspective. We are offering stipends of $50 to up to 20 participants. These are available on a first come, first served basis. These stipends can be used to cover the cost of child care, transportation, replace earnings if you need to miss work to participate, or simply to pay you for your time.
  2. INTERNET ACCESS - We are also working with our Essex Libraries to offer spaces for people who need internet access in order to participate in our virtual sessions. If you would like to use the library’s internet to participate, please let us know when you RSVP. 
  3. CLOSED CAPTIONING for virtual meetings (please let us know if you would like this when you RSVP).

To RSVP, please click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyxg2oqv1WbXmWONsVx4Qi3Jk8CJ6kKPPWYVmebHCY2640Gg/viewform. For more information, please check out these FAQs. You can also email Deputy Manager Greg Duggan at gduggan@essex.org if you have questions.

OTHER NEWS

 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

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