For Safety, Trust & Respect
Where Do We Go From Here?
Facing Racism in the Greater Hardwick Community
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Hardwick Memorial Building
“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.
Fifty-two adults and sixteen chilcren joined The Community Allies 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. Thank you all for your support of a safe, trustworthy, and respectful Hardwick for all - and for joining us.
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
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.
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
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
THE UNION BANK
CALDERWOOD INSURANCE AGENCY
THE GALAXY BOOKSHOP
DONA’S CAR STORE AND WILDCAT BUSING
M. STUART & ASSOCIATES
LAMOILLE VALLEY FORD
UNITED CHURCH OF HARDWICK
THE VILLAGE RESTAURANT
AND HAIR OF THE DOG