Bos-Lun: Work with Humanity Network is so telling about her

WESTMINSTER — I support Rep. Michelle Bos-Lun, a teacher and restorative justice practitioner, who is seeking a second term in the Vermont House of Representatives.

In spring of 2021, Michelle and I gathered a group of concerned neighbors - now known as the Humanity Network - to address issues that arise in the community through creative communication and to offer support.

Since those first Zoom gatherings, we have co-sponsored, with Rockingham and Westminster public libraries, communication training with Restorative Community Practice of Vermont, hosted Listen Up! at the Bellows Falls Opera House, and launched The Chalkboard Project, where we invite community members to ask questions and answer them on two chalkboards at local businesses in Bellows Falls.

We organized a well-attended rally for reproductive rights and a talent share of community members at the Butterfield Institute in Westminster.

The Humanity Network is not a non-profit organization - we have no board of directors or a budget. We are merely a group of about 50 concerned neighbors. You are welcome to join us. Please email me at [email protected].

The Humanity Network is a great introduction to and illustration of Michelle because it addresses so many reasons why she is a representative for all of us:

• When I approached her about my concerns in the community, she asked what ideas I had for addressing them and then offered her assistance.

• She understands the importance of including community members in solutions and the arts as a tool of communication and community engagement.

• And she is dedicated to the issues that promote equality within community: health care, voting rights, and economic and environmental justice. The Humanity Network encompasses all of these.

Michelle has been my neighbor for nearly 20 years. I have known her as a walker of the woods, a mother, a fierce advocate for the disenfranchised, and a curious reader.

I hope you will join me in supporting Michelle's return to the state Legislature by voting for her in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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