The phrase “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on State Street in front of the Vermont State Capitol building to, in the words of a Montpelier City Councilor and former executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party, “keep the momentum going.”
Riby-Williams, a Montpelier resident, began working on the idea this week after she was approached by City Councilor Conor Casey. The two started the initiative after a protest in the capital city last Sunday, which Riby-Williams helped organize, that brought 5,000 together in Montpelier to protest against police brutality and racism. The City Council “thought we have to do this soon to keep the momentum going,” Casey said. The state Agency of Transportation signed off just before Wednesday’s City Council meeting, he said, and the council agreed to hold a special meeting to formally vote on the plan on Friday.."
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