June Events 2022
Abolish Slavery VT Campaign Launch -- free food this Friday!
There will be a whole slate of events to highlight the importance of passing Prop 2!

Campaign Launch: Community Cookout
Fri, June 17 from 11 am to 2 pm on the lawn of First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 152 Pearl St, free community BBQ. Food, music, remarks by VRJA and VIA Directors, lawn signs, stickers, and T-shirts available, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Free-will donations gratefully accepted. Register online to receive a complimentary meal (please pick up your food by 12:30 pm). If you're willing to help us by volunteering to staff this event for a one-hour shift, please fill out this form.

"Bringing the Word" Spoken Word Poetry Performance
Sat., June 18, 8 pm to 9:30 pm (note the new time), Maximum Impact Poetry by nationally renowned spoken word artists Tribal Raine and Max Parthas, Richard Kemp Center, 372 N. Winooski Ave.

Virtual Prayer Breakfast
Sun, June 19 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, Virtual Prayer Breakfast. Remarks by Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge of the Vermont Episcopal Diocese and other local clergy. Register online to join us with your own coffee, tea, and breakfast foods from the comfort of your home.

Stop by our Table
Sun, June 19 from 1 pm to 7 pm, Tabling in Battery Park. Sign up to volunteer for our campaign. Lawn signs, stickers, and T-shirts available.

Panel Discussion
Sun, June 19, 3 pm to 4 pm on the Main Stage at Battery Park, panel discussion featuring Max Parthas, Co-Director of State Operations, Abolish Slavery National Network, and abolitionists from Louisiana and California.
Live Radio Broadcast 
Sun, June 19, 7 to 8 pm, live national radio broadcast on The Black Talk Radio Network of "Abolition Today," hosted by Max Parthas and Yusuf Hassan, Richard Kemp Center, 372 N. Winooski Ave. To listen live online, use this link.

Any questions? Contact Debbie by email or at (802) 310-4625.
Don't live in Burlington? Join us in the NEK, the Upper Valley, and Brattleboro!
In Greensboro, you are invited to the following:

  • Tabling on Sat, June 18 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, before a concert featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers at 6:30 pm at the Highland Center for the Arts
  • Worship service on Sun, June 19 at 10 am at the Greensboro United Church of Christ, also featuring the East Coast Inspirational Singers, with pulpit guest Rev. Debbie Ingram, VIA Executive Director

Hartford & White River Jct are rolling out a festival and VIA is planning to table there:

  • Sunday, June 19 at Lyman Point Park (167 Maple Street, White River Jct) from 3:30-5:30 pm. Speakers and entertainment: JAG productions; Dia Draper, 15 years leading diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) events in the Upper Valley and now Tuck School DEI Ass't. Dean; VT Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale; VT Rep. and Hartford School Board Chair Kevin "Coach" Christie; and Maggi Ibrahim, Hartford Schools Equity Coordinator. Food and beverages available.

Brattleboro is dedicating a new plaque at the Civil War Monument on the Common to honor soldiers left out of the original recognition due to racial and classist views of the time (VIA hopes to hand out pledge cards at the event).

  • Sunday, June 19 at 2 pm on the Common in Brattleboro
View two half-hour shows on our Abolish Slavery campaign
Town Meeting Television (formerly Channel 17) has gone back to their pre-pandemic schedule, and both Vermont Interfaith Action and Vermont Racial Justice Alliance host regular half-hour shows. Our first shows back on the air both focused on the Abolish Slavery campaign.

Check out VIA's "Abolish Slavery" show here.
And view VRJA's "Juxtaposition" show here.