Race & Identity

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For the nearly 1,500 migrant farmworkers in Vermont, there aren't many opportunities to share their experiences with each other. A project called "El Viaje Mas Caro" hopes to change that. 

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The Himalayan country of Tibet came under Chinese control in 1959. And since then, many Tibetans have lived outside their country.

Last weekend, tens of thousands of Tibetans throughout the world voted for their prime minister and parliament for their government in exile.

Out of those votes, 88 were cast in Burlington High School and on the ballot was a Vermonter running for Parliament.

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It’s been over 10 years since migrant workers began arriving on Vermont’s dairy farms. Most of the workers have been young men who work for a few years and then return home to Mexico. But there are a number of families of farmworkers here in Vermont, and some, especially those with U.S. born children would like to stay. 

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It’s been over ten years since migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, started making the long trip north to work on Vermont’s dairy farms. While many stay only a few years to earn money and then return home, some have decided to stay and make a life here in Vermont.

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William Julius Wilson’s academic writing on race has influenced everything from "The Wire" to speeches by former president Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.

Since 1996 Wilson has worked as a sociology professor at Harvard University. This Wednesday, March 16, he’ll be speaking at St. Michael’s College at an event free and open to the public. 

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A super PAC created by a white supremacist group in southern California inundated Vermont households Wednesday evening with robocalls urging people to vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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With fewer than 12 hours to go until the Iowa caucuses, polls show an extremely tight Democratic race, with Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by a few percentage points. But polls can’t precisely predict who will actually show up to caucus, or what their final decision will be after the persuasive discussions on the caucus floor.

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Since launching his candidacy for president last May, Sen. Bernie Sanders has watched his poll numbers explode. But Hillary Clinton continues to hold a major advantage with the black and Latino voters that will be key to winning the Democratic nomination. Sanders says he’s convinced he can close that gap.

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Michele Norris is the former host of NPR's All Things Considered. She is the founder of The Race Card Project.

This is an initiative aimed at fostering dialogue about race. And the framework of the project is asking people to distill their thoughts and experiences around race into six-word mini-essays.

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A civil lawsuit against Rutland City brought by former Rutland City police officer Andrew Todd has been settled for $975,000.

Since it first opened its doors earlier this year, the Champlain Area National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has received a slew of discrimination complaints.

Many of those complaints involve discrimination when it comes to renting or buying a house.

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In the race for president, Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric has rocketed him to the top of the GOP field. He's called for Muslims to be banned from entering the country, called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug-dealers, and more. Some of this language has been condemned on both sides of the aisle as un-American, but it's clearly appealing to some in this country. We're talking about how it all fits into American history and identity.

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More than two dozen Vermonters turned out in downtown Montpelier Friday to raise awareness about transgender issues and remember trans people who have been killed because of their gender identity.

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Vermont should welcome refugees from the war in Syria, says a coalition of groups and individuals who are critical of what they call a backlash against refugees after attacks in Paris last week.  Gathering on a chilly, dark evening in Burlington, a group of about two dozen people called for solidarity with those who are seeking refuge from the war in Syria.

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Place names like Ferguson, Baltimore - and now, Columbia - have become synonymous with the public debate about race and racism in America.

But how does that conversation play out in Vermont, one of the whitest states in the country?

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After 21-year-old William Schenk was arrested Thursday on suspicion of posting Ku Klux Klan flyers on the doors of two Burlington women of color, officials told the media that they’re not aware of any other hate group activity in Burlington.

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Thursday, police arrested a man on charges of disorderly conduct after he allegedly posted Ku Klux Klan flyers on the front doors of two women of color in Burlington. The appearance of the flyers led to a community outcry in Burlington.

Even though the suspect admitted to posting the flyers, the prosecutor doesn't expect an easy case.

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Late last month in Quebec, shocking allegations of police abuse against indigenous people came to light.

Twelve First Nations people from the area, mostly women, say they were sexually assaulted by police or given money or drugs in exchange for sex acts.