January 9, 2023
Newsletter Vol 3. No. 1 – January 2023

Happy New Year, fam! This month, we are focused on housing. The following article is by Dylan Rhymaun, who will be contributing to our newsletter moving forward.  Every year, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission releases a “scorecard” that gives insight into many aspects of the county, including demographics, employment, immigration, housing, and so on. […]

Spotlight on Justice Elijah

Pronouns: she/her/hers Current Town: Middlebury Years in VT: 2 Industry: Social and Racial Justice Advocate and Consultant Business name: Spreading Justice, LLC Business contact: Email Justice by clicking here Tell us a bit about your background before arriving in VT. I am originally from Bainbridge, GA. I graduated from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, […]

December 6, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 12

  Community leadership prioritizes the greater good for the community over our own personal objectives. Community leaders provide support and build influence to empower others to participate in the process intentionally, and to dismantle traditional toxic leadership methods. As we enter the holiday season, it is important that we remember ways to be of service […]

Spotlight on La’Keiah M. Batista Sanchez

Pronouns: She/Her Current Town: Rutland Years in VT: 7.5 Industry: Hair  Business Name: Euphoric Hair Experience, LLC Business email and/or website: Tell us a bit about your background. Born and raised in Chicago, IL. During high school worked at Galter Life Center a rehabilitation center in their nursery for the children of the patients […]

November 1, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 11

 The numbers of BIPOC races and ethnicities are increasing due to immigration and reproduction in the United States. The growing numbers of people correlate with the rising numbers of voices that are not accounted for when voting. According to Dayanna Ramirez at the RISE Center at UCLA, historically, election season has played a monumental role […]

Spotlight on Maya Crowley

Pronouns: She/Her Current Town: Essex Years in VT: probably ~25 Industry: Coffee!  Business Name: Uncommon Coffee Business email and/or website: and Tell us a bit about your background. I was born & raised in Vermont.  My mom is a native Vermonter and my dad is a Vietnamese Refugee who settled with a foster […]

October 4, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 10

Cannabis has historically been a tool used for unjust mass incarceration of BIPOC folx. However,  it is now legal in Vermont for adults twenty one and older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, as well as two mature and four immature plants for medicinal and/or recreational use. The Cannabis Control Board  has gradually issued licenses to growers, […]

Spotlight on Marlena Tucker-Fishman

Pronouns: She/Her Current Town: Waterbury Center Years in VT: 14 Industry: Cannabis Retail  Business Name: Zenbarn Farms Business email and/or website: Tell us a bit about your background. Marlena Tucker-Fishman: Marlena was born in Queens, and grew up in Piscataway NJ.  She spent her early career as an educator and youth mentor working with […]

September 6, 2022
Newsletter Vol 2 No 9

We are happy to announce the launch of our membership database with the goal of offering exclusive opportunities for BIPOC members to connect virtually automating some of the functional components of the site and ensuring that the site remains relevant to new members and keeping existing members up to date in the latest resources.  All current members […]