Peter Elwell’s decision to step down sparks a hiring challenge in a community known for diversity and debate.
“We acknowledge that people here in our community have experienced harm from the existing systems,” Town Manager Peter Elwell has told locals with complaints about police and other crisis responders.
‘Asking for support is really hard. You get criticized, stigmatized, blamed, othered, put into a box, you feel less worthy, you go through a lot of paperwork, a lot of rigmarole. We wanted to take that out.’
Brattleboro residents have voted to join Springfield, Williston and Winooski in requesting the ability to adopt local provisions already authorized by the Legislature for other communities.
Brattleboro’s Harris Hill Ski Jump, canceled this Presidents Day weekend by Covid-19, nonetheless is launching a “story project” for its 100th anniversary in 2022.
This commentary is by Alex Fischer of Brattleboro, a town meeting representative and former member of the town’s Citizen Police Communications Committee. I was hoping to write a fairly short, simple and straightforward commentary wholeheartedly supporting the Community Safety Review Committee’s report and recommendations that were shared at a Brattleboro Selectboard meeting in early January. […]
The town will consider the needs of local marginalized populations before spending more money to address law enforcement’s disproportionately high rate of stopping and searching minorities.
“You see it in the news and think, ‘Oh, that happened far away or one time, maybe two,’ but that’s my life,” Rohan Providence says. “We see ourselves as targets. We have to see ourselves as targets.”
The town selectboard, having heard complaints from local marginalized populations, is debating how to address a report calling for changes with police and other crisis responders.
How should international education work during a pandemic that largely prevents travel? In some ways, the question was a welcome one, SIT president Sophie Howlett said, ‘because we’re not going to be able to solve any of these problems by sitting in America and thinking within our borders.’
“If we’re going to admit and agree and acknowledge that racial bias and discrimination is alive and happening here, what will it take for us to be able to actually adequately address that?”
A new report calls for ‘acknowledgement’ and ‘accountability’ rather than large-scale defunding of an already understaffed department.
A more than 100-page report spurred by Black Lives Matter protests is expected to detail a local divide in views of law enforcement.
Four generations of family organizers vow this year’s Covid-19 cancellation won’t stop the future of an event known for pancakes and perseverance.