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NO. R-15. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory and celebration of the life of Aundrie Robinson.

(J.R.H. 9)

Offered by: Representatives Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Hube of Londonderry, Jordan of Middlesex, Milkey of Brattleboro, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax and Webster of Brattleboro.

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson was the founder, and first executive director, of the Round Table of Unity, Inc. (RTU), a nonprofit organization she established in 1997 to promote harmony and understanding between people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in southern Vermont, and

Whereas, in her role as RTU’s executive director, she pioneered programs to provide Vermonters with a special opportunity to learn about, and better appreciate, the culture and customs of their neighbors, created the "Clothes Closet" as a part of the Dress To Express Project to provide professional attire for women returning to the workplace, and helped to organize special events, including the annual "Run for Racial Harmony", and

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson was also the founder, and first executive director, of Diversity Works of New England, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing youth leadership, and

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson was a founding member of the Brattleboro Peace and Justice Coalition and a board member of the Family Peace Project in southern Vermont, and

Whereas, she founded two children’s poetry and writing groups, Pint Size Poets and Rainbow Posse Spoken Word Artists, and

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson was a former member of the Coalition for Unlearning/Uprooting Racism through Education, and

Whereas, she was dedicated to grassroots organizations whose initiatives have awakened the residents of southern Vermont to the diverse racial and ethnic composition of their region, and

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson worked in collaboration with the community and organizations to develop special programs to combat racism, including "Diversity Training: Mandatory in the Public Schools and Workplace," "Racism and Education: The Derailment of Democracy," and a "Healing of Racism Dialogue" series cosponsored with Landmark College and the School for International Training, and

Whereas, she coordinated research for a curriculum on the Underground Railroad Project that will be made available to the public schools, and

Whereas, Aundrie Robinson provided dynamic and innovative leadership and vision on behalf of each organization with which she was associated, and

Whereas, most importantly, she continuously and vigorously endeavored to enlighten everyone concerning the paramount societal importance of racial and ethnic cooperation, and

Whereas, in celebration of the life of America’s most famous advocate for racial harmony, RTU will proudly host its third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Breakfast, in co-sponsorship with the Unitarian Universalist Church, and with the support of AmeriCorps, on Monday, January 15, at the West Village Meeting House in West Brattleboro, and

Whereas, this very special breakfast will honor the cherished memory of RTU’s revered founder, Aundrie Robinson, whose untimely passing has left us all, and especially southern Vermont, far poorer and deprived of her wonderful and inspirational leadership, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is profoundly saddened by the passing of Aundrie Robinson, and extends its sincere sympathy to her family and many friends, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the staff of RTU in Brattleboro.