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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

JOINT CONCURRENT HOUSE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution


H.C.R. 330

House concurrent resolution commending the community outreach activities of Uncommon Alliance

Offered by:  Representatives Lorber of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington, Donovan of Burlington, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Larson of Burlington, Lippert of Hinesburg, Pearson of Burlington, Sharpe of Bristol and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, tolerance and concern for all people, regardless of race or ethnicity, is a fundamental part of Vermont’s historic legacy as the state was the first to outlaw slavery, and it was an early leader in antidiscrimination efforts in public accommodations, banking, insurance, and housing, and

Whereas, many Vermonters are concerned about racial profiling in which law enforcement officers treat persons of color with less than full respect and dignity, and identify them for arrest based on their racial makeup and not their actions, and

Whereas, local citizens, in association with the Burlington, South Burlington, University of Vermont, and Winooski police departments, the Chittenden County state’s attorney, and the Vermont state police, and others, have together established an organization called Uncommon Alliance with the stated purpose of improving the interactions between police officers and members of racial and ethnic and religious communities, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance seeks to create tangible outcomes and opportunities for building relationships of trust, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance has added a youth outreach group to work with younger members of different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, and

Whereas, the organization has formed a persons of color steering committee to review programmatic activities, including the development of written materials relating to citizens’ rights and obligations when they are interacting with law enforcement authorities, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance represents a creative initiative intended to improve relations between the police and different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, and

Whereas, this summer, Uncommon Alliance is launching a new project designed to help discourage racial profiling incidents, and

Whereas, Uncommon Alliance represents a creative measure to help improve relations between the police and different ethnic, racial, and religious communities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the general assembly commends the community outreach activities of Uncommon Alliance, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Uncommon Alliance.



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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