Lawmakers see progress on social equity issues

by Jim Sabataso, Rutland Herald, May 28th, 2021.

Sen. Kesha Ram, D-Chittenden, also noted a willingness to engage in issues of equity and social justice. She said the murder of George Floyd last May catalyzed what she called “a year of racial reckoning” in the Legislature. “I think that we've made progress and had difficult conversations in ways that I have not personally experienced before in the Legislature,” she said.

Ram, who is co-chair of the Legislature’s social equity caucus and the first woman of color elected to the Vermont Senate, said she was encouraged by her fellow lawmakers’ commitment. “I think it's worth celebrating that we are doing the difficult work and starting to get past the symbolic measures and to the metrics of accountability for how we're going to advance equity in state government.”

Ram described “a system that's hungry for systemic change,” noting that while she’s been consistent on the issues she’s advocated for during her dozen-plus years in state government, others seem to be catching up.

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