Press Release

‘Hate-free forum’ in Randolph May 8

The United States Attorney’s Office, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and the Rutland Area NAACP will be co-hosting a Hate-Free Vermont Forum for the Orange County community in Randolph on May 8, 2023, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This forum will be the fourth held in an ongoing series that started in 2019; recent Hate-Free Vermont Forums have taken place in Franklin County (2023), Rutland, and Bennington (2022).

“The Forum aims to bring policymakers, stakeholders, and community members together for productive and difficult conversations that will work to reduce animus, discord, and misunderstandings,” said co-facilitator Etan Nasreddin-Longo. “Many community members have told us they do not feel comfortable reporting bias incidents to the police or feel that is not an effective option. What additional options for reporting and addressing harm and conflict already exist in your community, and what new or improved options would you like to see?”

Participants are welcome to share what they want their government officials to know about their experiences, and to ask questions of their government officials about bias and discrimination. The Forum will be hosted in Randolph, but everyone from the Orange County community is invited.

When:      Monday, May 8, 2023, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where:     The Forum will be hosted in person and remotely.
       *  Physical location: Randolph Union Middle/High School – Cafeteria, 
                                              15 Forest St, Randolph, VT 05060
       *  Remote registration link:
Who: All are welcome.

Registration is required for remote attendance.  

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  1. Great. I’ll wear my MAGA cap & discuss with my government officials about how Conservatives are chronically confronted with bias and discrimination.

      • But btw, you weren’t insinuating or inferring that the leftists who may be hosting this forum are liars or are spreading “disinformation” about this event being a “hate-free forum” were you? Everyone needs to be ever so careful not to imply that anyone they know is a “domestic terrorist” or anything, you know….

    • That’s a really good idea Kat. I wish I wasn’t going to be out of town.

      They’re not even talking about crime, they’re talking about reporting “bias incidents” to police. So, thoughtcrime. These are the people who call keeping men out of women’s bathrooms “trans genocide”. What do they call a “bias incident”? Failure to shout “Black Lives Matter” whenever they hear it?

  2. Let me get this straight. There are forums happening to address bias that is not being reported to the police because those who would be reporting are not comfortable. So, we don’t know the level of what is unreported, but we should all go to talk with a group of stakeholders, policy makers and anyone else of importance. Does anyone else see what is wrong with this? It feels like we are ginning up angst about something not being reported hence we don’t know what level of concern these topics are. If it’s not reported, how does one prove it’s happening to any level.
    BTW when did all this hate start to happen? I remember just a short time ago we all got along pretty fine. Jus cause you say it don’t make it true.
    I will say that if there is hate going on its probably from some folks trying to control others and the others are resisting.. hence resisting equals hate in some minds.

  3. IN LEFTIST SPEAK, THIS MEANS PROTECTING: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS & CRIMINALS. In other words…… people who are here ILLEGALLY who SHOULD be reported to the police, so that they can be deported. But, that would constitute obeyance to the rule of law.

    Therefore, this instead must be further programming of legal citizens of the USA to protect those who are here unlawfully and/or keeping criminals from being brought to justice as per the law. Got it! No thanks.

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