Students and alumni will host a panel discussion reflecting on black experiences at Vassar. Come out on February 22nd at 5pm in Rocky 300 for a riveting discussion that promises to be entertaining and educating.
Vu Le is the former Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a non-profit organization in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthens organizations led by communities of color, and fosters collaboration between diverse communities.
Blog posts written by Vu Le:
Flipping the narrative: If those who raise concerns about equity in an institution face greater hostility, if they are labeled as militant or angry for telling the racial equity truth, if they are silenced or made to feel less central to this institution, then, we should see these actions as a failure of equity leadership and the signs of a “sick” institution.
Start where we need to be: equity is neither optional nor negotiable. We should be able to say: “This is who we are as [a school] and these are the values to which we will be held accountable.”
Our best resources are equity minded individuals. When we make them the center of our institutions we are primed for equity progress.
From our Lunchtime Discussions – What are racial equity detours?
April 7th, 12 Noon: Avoiding Equity Detours
Join us for a facilitated discussion of Avoiding Equity Detours guided by work done by Equity Literacy Institute’s Paul Gorski. This discussion will be co-Facilitated by AREJ sponsor, Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Growth & Engagement, and AREJ Faculty Anchor, Eva Woods Peiró.
Poughkeepsie Healthy Black and LatinX Coalition
If you are interested in the Poughkeepsie Healthy Black and Latinx Coaction they meet every second Thursday from 9:30am-11am. You can register here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NEW PRIORITIES FOR DUTCHESS
Despite financial crisis and looming layoffs, Dutchess County plans to begin construction of a new $200 million jail–one that would hold 328 people, when we currently have 140 in the jail.
The county legislature will vote July 9 at 5:30 pm on whether to move forward with the project. Please join the community in a silent protest outside the County Office Building from 4 to 5:30PM and join 200 participants who will line up (6′ distant) on Market St. holding million-dollar signs, while others will bring signs expressing alternative budget priorities. Please bring a mask and a friend!
Lead organizers of the event are the Democratic Caucus of the Dutchess County Legislature, the Progressive Black and Latino Caucus, and End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN) of Poughkeepsie. Other co-sponsors are Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson; Race Unity Circle; Stop the Violence; Celebrating the African Spirit; Beacon Prison Action; Justice for Aleesa; Dutchess County Progressive Action
To voice your opinion before the vote:
RIGHT TO KNOW ACT
ENJAN (End the New Jim Crow Action Network!) has been working with NYCLU to support the passage of the Right to Know Act (RTKA) in the City of Poughkeepsie. This law, which can be adopted by local and municipal governments, would require police officers stopping citizens to identify themselves and explain the reason for the stop. The idea behind the RTKA is that it would promote a conversation between civilians and law enforcement. Requiring officers to identify themselves and explain their actions promotes a more consistent, respectful, and community-minded approach to enforcement activities while also potentially reducing the likelihood that a routine police stop will turn violent.
The City of Poughkeepsie Common Council held a special legislative session on June 29th to advance business and dialogue toward policing reform and racial justice and a Hearing to receive public comment on July 6th.
All recordings of Poughkeepsie City Council, Committee and Special meetings can be found here: https://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=cop
To voice your opinion: