Serve and Nurture the Leadership of the Most Vulnerable Members of Our Community

 

Opioid Crisis

The high levels of opioid addiction and drug use in our community are a public health concern as well as invitation for us to consider the conditions under which people both use and sell drugs. As addiction is now being understood much more as an experience that deserves mental and physical health care instead of criminalization, we must extend a similar compassionate regard toward people trafficking narcotics--many of whom do so because institutional racism and poverty leave very few other avenues for people to get their basic needs met in the legal economy. As Brian Moran, Virginia's secretary of public safety and homeland security, said at a federal hearing in July "We cannot arrest our way out of the heroin and opioid addiction crisis".

As Mayor, Infinite will continue to fight for those struggling with addiction, as well as their families, to have access to the resources they need to stay safe and gain health. He will also advocate for the enforcement of the Vermont Statute 28 V.S.A. § 2a that reads, “It is the policy of this State that principles of restorative justice be included in shaping how the criminal justice system responds to persons charged with or convicted of criminal offenses.”

 

Fair and Impartial Policing Policy

Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP) - a part of the Racial Justice Reform agenda that came out of Act 54, The Racial Justice Reform Act - needs to be strengthened.  The version of this act approved by the Criminal Justice Training Council does not adequately protect immigrants - who are hard working, have families and are valuable members of our communities. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is criminalizing people living in Vermont, and local law enforcement is helping them do it. As Mayor, Infinite will collaborate with Justice for All, Migrant Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to strengthen the policy and monitor its enforcement.