The City of Montpelier is fast-tracking a $10,000 budget item for a vaguely-worded 'social justice' program.
"During the council’s Wednesday regular meeting, members of the Social and Economic Justice Advisory Committee came before the councilors to request money for a “social and economic justice assessment project.” The project, only generally described at the meeting, aims to assess social equity, diversity and justice issues in city government.
Shaina Kasper, a member of the advisory committee, began her presentation by reminding councilors that the committee was established “with an important, ambitious, and far-reaching charge of tackling systemic oppression and working towards greater equity and justice for all residents.”
She explained that the group wanted to take a proactive role in gathering and evaluating information on the “perceptions, experiences, and recommendations of a wide-range of Montpelier residents in regard to the impact of the city government’s policies and practices on economic, social, and racial justice.”"
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