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Community Allies

 

For Safety, Trust & Respect

upcoming event: Please join our community conversation

                 Where Do We Go From Here?  Facing Racism                      in the Greater Hardwick Community


Tuesday, May 22nd (5-8pm)  

Hardwick Memorial Building, 3rd Floor

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~James Baldwin

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, we’re still grappling with the ugly reality of racism in America.  Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is no exception. Regular acts of violence and hatred targeted at people of color, as well as smaller everyday acts of exclusion, prevent our communities from being truly equal, welcoming and inclusive.  In his last book, Dr. King asked: “Where Do We Go From Here - Chaos or Community?”  The
Community Allies: For Safety, Trust and Respect is a thoughtful, dedicated group exploring the potential of the greater Hardwick Area to cultivate safe spaces, trust, and respectful conversations which encourage positive change.  

The Community Allies invite you to join a conversation to hear voices and stories from our area speak to the painful truth of racism in 2018 - and how it affects and damages ALL members of our community.  If you are interested in a safe, trustworthy, and respectful Hardwick for all, we welcome you to join us.   

  • We’ll bring the pizza and provide childcare.
  • We ask you to bring your hopes, fears, questions, and love.
  • For more information, please contact Tara Reynolds: tara@wholeheartinc.org

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Community Allies for Safety, Trust, and Respect

is a thoughtful, dedicated group of individuals and organizations exploring the potential of the greater Hardwick area by developing models for positive social change. We strive to cultivate safe spaces, relational trust, and respectful conversations which encourage and support positive social and cultural change.  

"The Community Allies provides an effective forum for organizing around issues that affect the community while helping provide a path to personal clarity and a deeper understanding of how the issues affect other people. "

— Carol Plante, Director, Hardwick Area Community Justice Center

 
 
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How we began

Our Creation Story

In Fall 2013 there was a heart-breaking murder in Hardwick, Vermont, the result of domestic violence. The Community gathered its grief in a well-attended candlelight vigil hoping the beauty would be healing balm and the reverence an open door to resilience. Those present spoke in hushed tones: There must be something more we can do.
 

What I Love About Hardwick

A Community Project

While out riding the back roads in search of lawn sales with my partner a few days ago, I remarked that one of the things I’ve always loved about the part of the state we live in is that there’s almost always a back road shortcut to get from one town to another that’s more efficient than taking the paved route.  Our back roads are a perfect analogy for what I love most about our community and the people in it: we’re all connected.

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Events

Community Meeting in Hardwick

10 am - Noon, Second thursday of each month

3rd Floor of The Memorial Building in Hardwick

 

2018 Block Party

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 2016 and 2017 Block Parties were made possible by generous support from: 

 

THE GREENSBORO ASSOCIATION

BEN & JERRY'S COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM

JASPER HILL FARM

PETE'S GREENS

THE UNION BANK

CALDERWOOD INSURANCE AGENCY

THE GALAXY BOOKSHOP

DONA’S CAR STORE AND WILDCAT BUSING

M. STUART & ASSOCIATES

LAMOILLE VALLEY FORD

 

WHISTLE EMPORIUM

WONDERARTS

GRACE

UNITED CHURCH OF HARDWICK

POSITIVE PIE

TOPS

HARDWICK GAZETTE

THE VILLAGE RESTAURANT

AND HAIR OF THE DOG


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Links


Community Partners