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Vermonters Of Color: How Can The State, And Its People, Support You?

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It's a question that came to us from Teo Spencer, normally of Montreal, but currently weathering the pandemic in Addison County, where he grew up. Teo asked us: "How can the state, both its government and its people, support Vermonters of color?"

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Brave Little State is VPR's people-powered journalism project. We answer questions about Vermont that have been submitted and voted on by you, our audience.

"I think that in Vermont we always have this sense that everyone's welcome here," Teo says, "and what I've learned from [your show] and also from having conversations with friends in the last few years, is that not everybody feels welcome here. So I guess my question is, how do we as a people, and the government, make sure that everybody does feel welcome here?"

To answer Teo's question, we're doing what we often do: collecting your voices, stories and ideas. If you're a BIPOC Vermonter (or ex-pat, or frequent visitor, or even one-time visitor!), we'd love to hear from you. How would you answer Teo's question? Are there particular policies you want the state government (or your local government) to enact? What can other Vermonters be doing differently in their day-to-day lives? 

If you have thoughts to share, please be in touch and help us fill the episode with as many voices as possible. Just follow the instructions below, and we may include your submission in our upcoming episode. Thank you so much.

Here’s how to add your voice. Please do so by July 31:

By phone | Call us at 802-552-4880 and leave a message. Tell us a bit about yourself, and share how you would answer Teo's question. Be sure to include your name, where you live and your phone number, so we can get back in touch with you.

By smartphone | If you have a smartphone, use the voice memo feature to record yourself. (Android users, we recommend the Easy Voice Recorder app.) Sit in a quiet room with lots of soft surfaces (furniture, carpeting), or venture into your closet. Listen back to your recording to make sure it sounds OK, and then email it to us at hello@bravelittlestate.org. We'll reply to let you know we got it.

By email | Have feedback or suggestions, but don't want to record yourself? Send us a note at hello@bravelittlestate.org

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