City of Burlington approves Reparations Task Force

Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 1:10 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 at 10:49 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Burlington City Council Monday voted unanimously to create a reparations task force as part of the city’s racial justice reform efforts.

The resolution put forward by Progressives on the council aims to study and develop reparation proposals for Burlington’s Black community. According to the resolution, 26% of Black Chittenden County residents live in poverty compared to 10% of white residents. It also states the unemployment rate is 4% higher for Black people than whites.

The resolution seeks to redistribute $100,000 from the City Racial Justice Fund to fund the task force.

Five people will sit on the task force and will be appointed by Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Council President Max Tracy and the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance.

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