Community Forums for a Hate-Free Vermont


Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that the third Forum for a Hate-
Free Vermont will take place at Rutland High School in Rutland on July 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The Forum was organized in conjunction with the Vermont NAACP, the Vermont
Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, the chair of the Racial Disparities Panel, and others. 

The purpose of the Forum is to encourage and facilitate community conversations about bias
incidents and hate crimes in Vermont. Community members are encouraged to attend to tell their stories, learn, provide support, and share in a vision for a hate-free Vermont.

“This series of fora is intended to take the pulse of Vermonters’ experience of
discrimination,” said moderator Etan Nasreddin-Longo. “It aims to bring policymakers,
stakeholders, and community members together for productive and difficult conversations that will work to reduce animus and discord.”

Representatives of marginalized groups have been invited to attend as panelists, including
Vermont Pride Center, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, Migrant Justice, and more.
Two prior Forums have been held at Winooski High School and Hartford High School.

When: July 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rutland High School Cafeteria, 22 Stratton Rd., Rutland, Vermont
Who: All are welcome. 

Community members have expressed a preference that there are
no recording/cameras on during the event, and that participants who are willing to speak with
members of the media will designate themselves.