Burlington could have Black Lives Matter mural if City Council adopts resolution Monday

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Burlington could mirror other cities across the country if its City Council adopts a resolution Monday to paint a Black Lives Matter mural. 

City Council members are slated to touch on the resolution during their weekly meeting.The item addresses the death of George Floyd‘, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police in May. The event led to solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as many cities, including Montpelier, painted the words in large, yellow letters. 

The resolution proposed members of the public help create the mural this Wednesday evening, “subject to the limitations and 20 social distancing guidelines established by the Governor of Vermont.” People who join are asked to meet on Main Street between St. Paul Street and South Winooski Avenue. 

Sponsors for the resolution include the following councilors:

  • Karen Paul.
  • Zoraya Hightower.
  • Franklin Paulino.
  • Joan Shannon.
  • Sarah Carpenter.
  • Chip Mason. 

The sponsors noted Mayor Miro Weinberger’s recommended budget included $1 million to support Operation Phoenix, “mostly notably support for a cultural empowerment community collective and further funding for the Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Office of the City.” 

The resolution indicated the mural would be created with paint appropriate for the outdoors and be refreshed along with other street striping work. 

More: Vermont State Police investigate damage to Black Lives Matter street artwork

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