S.219 is the piece of Vermont legislation that is most likely to move forward on the subject of police reform before the legislature adjourns next Friday, June 26th. It’s currently with the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Dick Sears firstname.lastname@example.org (802) 828-2228, 343 Matteson Rd., North Bennington, VT 05257.
Please reach out to your legislators to express your support for S.219.
Here’s some suggested language:
I am writing as a constituent of your district to urge you to use your position of power and privilege to support S.219.
Vermonters across the political spectrum are bearing witness to the brutality inflicted on Black people and other people of color by the police in our state and across the country, and they are standing up to demand change. We need you to stand beside us.
Silence in the face of racism and White supremacy is deafening. You have the opportunity and responsibility to be a vocal advocate for justice in our state, and I hope you will consider supporting these efforts and engaging in discussions about racism and white supremacy in the Vermont legislature.
Sincerely, your constituent,
- Share a personal story about why this legislation matters so much to you.
- Don’t forget to include your contact information—they probably won’t reply, but this will confirm that you’re a real person. If you’re actually from their district, they’ll take even more interest in your message.
- Be polite. It’s ok to be angry and hurt. But since you’re asking these legislators to do something, they’re more likely to respond sympathetically if you’re encouraging them to do the right thing.
- Afterwards, tell friends and family what you did. Share it on social media. This will encourage others to follow your example.
- Consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper about why one or all of these bills matter so much to you.
Check back on the progress of this legislation. Keep reaching out to your legislators. The squeaky wheel gets the grease!
Contact information for Rutland County legislators is below.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RUTLAND COUNTY SENATORS – PLEASE CONTACT ALL 3:
Senator #1: Democrat Senator Cheryl Hooker
11 Royce St, Rutland City VT 05701
Senator #2: Republican Senator Brian Collamore
124 Patricia Ln, Rutland Town VT 05701
Senator #3: Republican Senator James McNeil
137 Ruth Ave, Rutland Town VT 05701
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR RUTLAND COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES – PLEASE FIND YOUR TOWN AND CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR(S) (Some towns have 2 legislators – you should contact both of them):
Add-Rut Benson, Orwell, Whiting, Shoreham
Independent Rep. Terry Norris
525 Palmer Rd, Shoreham VT 05770
Ben-Rut Danby, Dorset, Landgrove, Mount Tabor, Peru, East Dorset
Democrat-Republican Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan
932 Mcnamara Rd, Dorset VT 05251
Ben-Rut Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rupert, Wells, Tinmouth
Progressive Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
72 Sundog Ln, Middletown Springs VT 05757
Rut-1 Ira, Poultney
Republican Rep. Patricia A. McCoy
1392 High Rd, Poultney VT 05764
Rut-2 Clarendon, Proctor, West Rutland, Wallingford, East Tinmouth, North Clarendon
Legislator #1: Democrat Rep. Dave Potter
462 E Tinmouth Rd, West Rutland VT 05777
Legislator #2: Republican Rep. Thomas Burditt
1118 Clarendon Ave, West Rutland VT 05777
Rut-3 Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, West Haven
Legislator #1: Republican Rep. Bill Canfield
12 Pine St, Fair Haven VT 05743
Legislator #2: Republican Rep. Bob Helm
647 VT Route 4a E, Fair Haven VT 05743
Rut-4 Rutland Town
Republican Rep. Thomas Terenzini
34 Chasanna Dr, B, Rutland Town VT 05701
Rut-5-1 Rutland City
Republican Rep. Peter Fagan
17 Clinton Ave, Rutland City VT 05701
Rut-5-2 Rutland City
Republican Rep. Larry “Cooper” Cupoli
57 Piedmont Pond Rd, Rutland City VT 05701
Rut-5-3 Rutland City
Democrat Rep. Mary Howard
17 Griswold Dr, Rutland City VT 05701
Rut-5-4 Rutland City
Democrat Rep. William Notte
8 Orchard Dr. Rutland City VT 05701
Rut-6 Brandon, Pittsford, Sudbury
Legislator #1: Democrat Rep. Stephanie Jerome
515 Wheeler Rd, Brandon VT 05733
Legislator #2: Republican Rep. Butch Shaw
Po Box 197, Pittsford VT 05763
Rut-Wdr-1 Chittenden, Killington, Mendon, Bridgewater
Republican Rep. Jim Harrison
75 Lazy Acres Rd, No. Chittenden VT 05763
Rut-Wdr-2 Ludlow, Mount Holly, Shrewsbury
Democrat-Progressive Rep. Logan Nicoll
11 Depot St, Ludlow VT 05149
Wdr-Rut Bethel, Pittsfield, Rochester, Stockbridge
Progressive Rep. Sandy Haas
360 S Main St, Rochester VT 05767