Putney Equity and Inclusion Committee

Black Lives Matter mural's sentiment will not be erased

'We can see the discomfort and the anger of our neighbors and visitors through the tire marks intentionally defacing our work towards equity. We can talk openly about the real lived experiences of our friends and family that are targeted with acts of hate each day.'

We, the members of the Town of Putney Equity and Inclusion Committee, came together to create a community where all residents and visitors receive equal treatment and opportunity.

We are your fellow community members. We are Black, white, gay and straight, young and old, mothers, and fathers. We come from different backgrounds, have disparate incomes, and have different ability status. We love our community. We want everyone to feel a sense of belonging here, safety and joy.

In response to graffiti targeting black and brown community members, the Equity and Inclusion Committee supported the Black Lives Matter Road Mural proposed by the Windham County NAACP. The goal was to create a conversation, to use art as a way to come together and say clearly that none of us are free until all of us are free.

The Selectboard voted in support on Sept. 23, with a powerful resolution that named this moment, stating “this Board and its Public Officers wishes for our community to show solidarity, to honor a movement to bring justice and equality to Black and Brown members of our community and beyond who have been fighting for freedom for far too long.”...

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