GoFundMe Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL)

Two years ago, an alliance of business, civic, school, faith, and community leaders came together after a series of horrifying racial and antisemitic events in our community.

That group has grown into the Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL).  REAL is the face and locus point for racial justice work in our county, pushing back against systemic injustices. Now more than ever, it is clear that we must prioritize racial equity.

Our work is gaining traction.  Over these two years, we have:
- Grown our leadership capacity with a robust steering committee and subcommittees of black leaders and white allies
- Built a formidable youth and parent coalition, prioritizing giving students a central voice, and working with and holding area schools accountable on racial equity
- Continue to hold a series of monthly educational, discussion-based conversations on topics such as definitions of racism, implicit bias, the history of policing, and more
- Our business subgroup has drafted a toolkit for building inclusive workplaces to be shared and expanded upon with fellow businesses in Vermont
- Given a platform for racial justice state leaders such as Xusanna Davis and Kiah Morris to speak to Lamoille residents
- Grown our social media presence
- Most recently, organized demonstrations across Lamoille against police brutality

Over these two years, we have been working mostly as a group of volunteer leaders stretched to capacity.  We seek your funding support to advance our mission in two meaningful ways:
- Hiring a Community Coordinator to support the work of our subgroups 
- Program funding to launch a county-wide book reading initiative

Racial justice work must be local.  To erase bias and racism, we must move the hearts of individual members of our community, one at a time, while also tackling racism embedded in systems of power, law, education, economy, and government We must approach each school, each law enforcement department, each business—and advocate for racial equity.  This takes resilience and support.

Please show your support of our community, amplifying the voices of BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) leaders, as we work together in collective solidarity.

REAL Steering Committee: Carrie Clark, Kate Donally, Rabbi David Fainsilber, Lisa Hagerty, Saudia Lamont, Hannah Miller, Maroni Minter, Rachel Moore, Hope Sullivan

REAL Vision: The Racial Equity Alliance of Lamoille (REAL) envisions a community that embodies inclusion, equity and justice as values central to our identity. We are committed to building a safe community, where all people experience dignity and respect, and all are welcome with kindness and belonging.

Donations

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  • Lyn Goldsmith 
    • $100 
    • 13 d
  • Rachel Moore 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Julie Theoret 
    • $50 
    • 21 d
  • Edward Bassin 
    • $100 
    • 25 d
  • Carol Lauber 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
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Organizer and beneficiary

David Fainsilber 
Organizer
Morrisville, VT
REAL (Racial Equity Across Lamoille) 
Beneficiary

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