Ice cream and justice on Church Street – March 2

I’m writing in hopes that you’ll be able to attend a rally at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop (with free ice cream!) on Church Street in Burlington at 1:00pm this Wednesday, March 2nd. The event is in support of ending qualified immunity for law enforcement officers in Vermont.

Qualified immunity is an unjust legal doctrine that effectively closes the courtroom doors to victims of police abuses of power. Advocates, VT Legislators, and Ben & Jerry’s co-founders will be on Church Street demanding that the the Vermont Legislature pass legislation that would help restore victims’ access to justice. Among the list of speakers is Duane Peterson, a former police officer who co-founded the solar company SunCommon and currently serves as a member of VPIRG’s Board of Trustees.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET  
WHERE: Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 36 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401 
Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale (Chittenden District) 
Rep. Selene Colburn (Chittenden-6-4) 
Zoraya Hightower, Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Center and Burlington City Councilor 
Mia Schultz, president of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP 
Kiah Morris, Executive Director, Rights and Democracy  
Rev. Mark Hughes, Executive Director of Vermont Racial Justice Alliance 
Duane Peterson, founder of SunCommon, former police officer, and VPIRG Board member 
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s and co-chair of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity 
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s and co-chair of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity 
I hope you’re able to make it to this important event! 

Sebbi Wu
Climate & Equity Advocate, VPIRG