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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: The heavy weight of racism in USA

Posted on May 2, 2019 |
By Joanna Colwell



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My friend Andre Henry has a boulder in the back of his car. It’s a large, heavy rock, painted white. It is covered with black writing, words like “police violence, racial profiling, white fragility, and eurocentrism.” It is also covered with hashtags. Lots and lots of hashtags, each one followed by a name. Each name is the name of a Black person killed by police.

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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: Vermont's painful history lesson

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
By Joanna Colwell



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I’m pretty sure I have been writing this column for about ten years, and over those years I have touched on many subjects. These days I mostly write about racial justice, and the intersection between general ethical behavior and standing up for what is good and right and true, in the face of so much evil in the world.

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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: Open letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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One of my husband’s favorite t-shirts bears your image, or at least an image of your wild hair, and your glasses. It also bears the number 2016, the year we hoped you would prevail in the Democratic primary, and then continue on to become our 45th president. You don’t need me to tell you that things didn’t quite work out the way we wished.

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Letter to the editor: Wygmans backed due to support for women

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



I am writing in enthusiastic support of Dennis Wygmans for Addison County State’s Attorney. As an advocate for women in our community, I deeply appreciate Dennis’s unflagging support for women who have been victimized by domestic or sexual assault. We need our justice system to care about survivors like this.

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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: Love, and listen to, your neighbor

Posted on October 18, 2018 |
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My friend posted a photo of two men holding up a sign that read, “Love Your Neighbor. Even if they don’t: Look Like You. Think Like You. Love Like You. Pray Like You. Vote Like You.” My thoughts kept coming back to this sign. Finally I had to respond, “Even if you are voting to take away my human rights, I still gotta love you?” My friend responded to my comment that he had it on good authority, based on most of the world’s spiritual traditions, that yes, I do have to love that person.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy to affect 'positive change'

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



Like a lot of Addison County residents, I’ve been filled with dread and despair since the election of 2016. As a woman raising a daughter, seeing a self confessed sexual predator rise to the highest office in the land is a bitter pill to swallow. The ray of hope is that women, minorities and LGBTQ candidates have stepped up to run for office in unprecedented numbers, and they are winning!

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Ways of seeing: Striking nurses deserve support

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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My daughter and I drove up to Burlington to join the Vermont nurses union on their picket line on the second day of their two-day strike. I love nurses for many reasons, and I wanted to support their efforts to work in hospitals with safe staffing levels and to be paid a living wage.

Here are just a few of the reasons I love nurses:

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Ways of seeing: A flag that symbolizes racial hatred

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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A pick up truck drives around Middlebury, with giant Confederate flags flapping in the wind. A house on Schoolhouse Road displays the same flag. A young person in a local parade sports one on his shirt. Belt buckles that say “100% Rebel” with stars and bars in the background, sit on the shelf at a farm supply store. Imagine for a moment that these flags display swastikas. What would go through your mind when you saw them? Would you feel anger or fear? Would you want to rip these flags to shreds, and then burn them into ashes?

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Ways of Seeing: Women's rights are human rights

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



It is almost two years since I agreed, with some trepidation, to join the WomenSafe board of directors. I was nervous about joining a board because I had never served on one before, and I wasn’t sure if I had the right skills to be useful. I pretty much suck at technology beyond answering my email, and my financial literacy might be even worse. To be honest, I was surprised they even asked me! But I have found my time helping to steer this organization, which has worked since 1980 to help countless survivors in our community, to be precious beyond measure.

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Ways of Seeing: An important freedom — from fear

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
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“Everyone Deserves to be Safe.” This is what my sign said the first time we held a vigil in Middlebury to draw awareness to police brutality in America.

Just imagine if you saw a tiny baby, crying on the ground. You wouldn’t have to think about what to do, would you? You would run to that baby, pick them up and cradle them. You would do everything in your power to keep that baby safe from harm.

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