Following are some ideas to consider as you prepare to present the Declaration.
We know that each town or organization is different and that the strategy for gaining adoption and implementation of the Declaration may be different.
HOW TO PRESENTDepending on the Selectboard or group, you may want to present it at one meeting and return to it at the next meeting and request a motion to adopt.
FIND AN ALLYPrior to the second meeting, you may be wise to approach a friendly member to support the Declaration of Inclusion, speak to it, and make the motion to adopt. We recommend that you be present at both meetings for support and to answer any questions.
REWORDING THE DECLARATION OF INCLUSIONThe organization/Selectboard may wish to change the wording. This is acceptable provided the basic thoughts are preserved, the designated groups are considered, and they continue to be included.
The goal is to have statewide adoption, including at the state level. Governor Scott issued a Proclamation of Inclusion in May 2021.
HAVE A CONVERSATIONSpeaking with those who may be reluctant, do not see a need for the statement, or even oppose the Declaration may be useful as well. Doing so provides an opportunity to discuss and hopefully resolve statements such as: “We don’t have those problems here” and “I am not a racist. Why do we need such a statement in our town?”