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College presents reopening plan at town selectboard meeting

Members of the Middlebury Selectboard hold their July 28 meeting.

By HENRY GANEY

July 30, 2020

College administrators and health officials met with the Middlebury Town Selectboard on July 28 to share the college’s reopening plan with the community. Residents shared their biggest concerns about the reopening of campus, including the return of students in August, Middlebury’s testing cap...

Legal, financial and language challenges leave Vermont’s migrant workers especially vulnerable during Covid-19 crisis

Migrant Justice, an organization based in Vermont whose mission is to organize for economic justice and human rights for the farmworker community, also runs the Milk with Dignity program.

By Hannah Bensen

July 14, 2020

In addition to the Covid-19-related difficulties all Vermonters face — such as finding childcare or struggling to pay rent — migrant farmworkers in the state are encountering additional challenges during the pandemic, according to Vermont Director of Racial Equity Xusana Davis. “[Migra...

Vermont’s legislature takes on police reform

By Emmanuel Tamrat

July 14, 2020

Police reform took center stage in the Vermont legislature as lawmakers voted unanimously to approve S.219 on Friday, June 26 before adjourning for six weeks. The bill, which aims to address racial bias and excessive use of force by law enforcement, was first introduced in January but gained new atten...

Burlington City Council Plans to Reduce the City’s Police Officers by 30%

By Florence Wu

July 14, 2020

On June 29, Burlington City Council voted in favor of the Racial Justice Resolution, which defunds the Burlington Police Department (BPD) and aims to increase its transparency and accountability. This resolution is a response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against systemic racism and police bru...

Democratic gubernatorial debate: Candidates call for systemic change

With the statewide primary taking place on Aug. 11,  followed by the general election on Nov. 3, candidates tried to set themselves apart while also lodging hits at incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who is running for his second term.

By Lucy Townend

June 25, 2020

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, former Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe and attorney Patrick Winburn, the three gubernatorial candidates, discussed issues including re-opening the state, police reform and climate change.

Second Black Lives Matter vigil exceeds first, draws 500 participants

Members of the Middlebury chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) handed out flyers to attendees.

By Nora Peachin

June 15, 2020

“Protests Work!” read the flyer handed out at a vigil in downtown Middlebury last Sunday night. Roughly 500 people gathered at College Park and along Cross Street to denounce police terror against Black communities and bodies.

Protesters gather in Burlington, march to police department

By Becca Amen

June 8, 2020

Protestors called for accountability in cases of Vermont police officers abusing their power and using disproportionate force against Black people.

Community gathers at vigil for George Floyd’s death

A vigil for George Floyd's life brought around 375 people to downtown Middlebury on Saturday evening. Participants lined the sidewalks on Cross Street.

By Jake Gaughan

June 2, 2020

As thousands around the world protested this weekend against the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the town of Middlebury joined in a collective vigil for Floyd’s life.  Roughly 375 people congregated — while maintaining social distance and wearing masks — on and arou...

Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd

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Vermont State Police released a statement condemning the police conduct involved in George Floyd’s death.

By Nora Peachin

May 30, 2020

As VSP expressed condolences to those touched by the death of George Floyd, it reiterated its commitment to "fair and impartial policing" and is in the process of reviewing its own training protocols regarding the use of force.

Vermonters show trust in state’s response, support extended social distancing, poll shows

Vermonters show trust in state’s response, support extended social distancing, poll shows

By BENJY RENTON

May 14, 2020

A vast majority of Vermonters show a desire to delay the reopening of the state’s economy and continue social distancing restrictions, even as 26% surveyed have been laid off or lost a job, according to new polling data from a nationwide survey.

Hope in Middlebury for derailed construction project

Work has restarted on Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project, as crews continue to install minipiles this week after being shut down by the state since March 25.

By LUCY TOWNEND

May 14, 2020

After a period of indefinite delays due to the pandemic, the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project has received approval from the state to restart on Monday, May 11. The project was first shut down on March 25, when the governor halted all nonessential construction projects across the state of Vermont as part of his “Stay...

Charter House continues a modified shelter program with state oversight

The Charter House Coalition continues to provide support to the Addison County homeless community with a modified shelter program, relying on local hotels and motels in Middlebury, including the Middlebury Marriott, to provide short-term housing.

By MICHAEL FRANK

May 7, 2020

Although disasters such as the Covid-19 pandemic are often regarded as “great equalizers,” the homeless population of the U.S. has experienced a disproportionate impact. Local infrastructures, such as shelter programs, have become crucial for these populations to survive the tremors of the pande...

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