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Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

DETAIL WORKS is far more than a job! Not all young people are fortunate to have had an appreciated experiential learning---IMHO, Detail Works sure seems like they have a good/successful handle on helping a number of them with polishing (!!!!) social & work related skills, getting on-track and/or catching up, and helping them help themselves find opportunities to move on up the ladder in a healthy, supportive & concerned environment. We all started somewhere---sincere congratulations to all who help make it work! ;-)

Posted by NY Jack on 09/26/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Tractors, Tools and Trinkets: Collectors Swarm the CRACK Show

An unfortunate acronym, perhaps.

Posted by The Oracle on 08/30/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “A UVM Migration Scholar Talks Refugee Resettlement

Understanding the complexities of resettlement, both structurally and personally, is an important part of the overall narrative. Regretfully, the national narrative is often built on fear and little appreciation of what resettlement means in communities--both challenges and opportunities. The work of professor Bose is critically important, along with the good work of so many refugee resettlement service providers, churches and teachers in Burlington and beyond. May Vermont remain a shining light in our embracing of who some call "other" and keep in mind that God hath made of one blood all peoples of the earth. Excellent article. BL, Lyndonville

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bill Laramee on 08/24/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “In Vermont, a Somali Bantu Youth Finds His Voice

A community that used to live in southern Somalia was named Somali Bantu." Throughout their history, Somali Bantus faced discrimination from the people of Somalia, so did they cope with it? This article talks about the real history of Somali Bantus, their appearance, their lifestyle, and their lives among Somalis. Before the Civil War, they led very respectable and decent lives, but the Somali Civil War changed this. The civil war of the 1990s was used as a pretext to steal their land and property; during the war, many Bantus were beaten and murdered. They were treated like animals, and their rights were violated. The women were raped and even killed if they showed any resistance. The Bantus were scared of Somalis, and thats why they didnt stand up to them. The people of Somalia had taken everything from them. They migrated to Kenya, and many of the Bantu in refugee camps applied for asylum in the United States. They were officially classified as "persecuted," and then the United States opened its doors in 2003 to settle many of the Bantu.
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Posted by thebest on 07/30/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Wasn't there an article on Spectrum doing detailing for police cars? There is a picture of an ambulance in the comic. From what I understand, working vehicles need to be in tip top shape, so there is a good client base! Do they do fire trucks too? I know fire trucks need a lot of cleaning and care. I bet the youths get to meet some great leaders and role models on the job! I also know that some teens come to fear police officers, or might be nervous of people in positions of power and authority. Getting a "thank you, you did a great job!" from a police officers builds trust and a positive relationship, and shows both parties that they can get along and contribute positively to a community they may not have always trusted.

Posted by Ms. E on 07/16/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Thanks for the comment, Buddy. The car detailing business was started precisely to do what you suggest - provide on-the-job training so that our teens can get (and keep) jobs. As you see in the first panel, we were finding that while we could get our youth jobs very easily, they needed more support in learning how to keep them. Alongside the ins and outs of the business itself, we use a proven curriculum that focuses on things like attendance, appearance, and attitude - all things youth need to get and keep a job, and the car detailing business gives them the space and coaching to practice all of these skills before moving on to jobs in the community.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sarah Woodard on 07/07/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “With Imam Leaving, Colchester Mosque at Crossroads

So Fort Ethan Allen is now owned by Muslins?
I would be very weary of giving away our history to any group that starts out all nice an peaceful then once gets big enough imposes their will .....its happening all over the world today an has been for 100s of years

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Posted by Scott Bashaw on 07/07/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Spectrum Launches a Car-Detailing Biz for Youth

Didn't several car detailing places in the area close recently? Seems to me this non profit could better spend their donations on job training for skills that will help those teens get actual jobs.

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Posted by buddy on 07/05/2017 at 7:53 PM

Re: “With Imam Leaving, Colchester Mosque at Crossroads

I am not Muslim, but I really enjoyed reading this and learning a bit about the community here in Vermont. Regardless the faith, it is a great loss when a talented teacher leaves to continue work elsewhere. I will pray that your Mosque continues to grow and thrive and that the next leader will be exactly what you need.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dress for Success Burlington on 06/22/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “South End Arts Community Loses an Unlikely Champion

I remember meeting Mick when I was photographing in the area for the Plan BTV South End planning project... he wondered what I was doing, and when he learned that I was not "inspecting" for issues or violations, invited me onto his property, told me stories, introduced me to his dogs, and described how he'd invited the graffiti artists to decorate the many trailers on the property to help dissuade them from spray painting on the buildings in the neighborhood. He gave me free rein to wander around and view the various relics scattered about, while cautioning me to stay off of the adjoining railroad property. RIP, Mick.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by pianopix on 06/15/2017 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Things to Do in Plattsburgh When You're Drunk

Sorry, no Doctorates at Plattsburgh State. You fell for that?

Posted by John Labatt on 06/09/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “How a Vermont Family Keeps Their Late Son's Spirit Alive

Posted by Octavian M. Parker on 06/08/2017 at 4:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Manufacturers Provide On-Site English Classes

It's great these employers are finding that "Diversity is our strength." However, I find differences in compensation of ESL vs non-ESL employees at these firms troubling.

Offering foreign-born employees overtime opportunities so that they can learn English but not offering similar opportunities for overtime to native employees because they already speak English is surely a discriminatory labor practice. By all indications in this article employees are selected for this program solely because they're new Americans that don't speak English; not because they possess personal attributes or intellectual qualities that warrant preferential treatment by their employer.

Perhaps there are some caveats not mentioned in this article regarding overtime opportunities, or perhaps the non-ESL employees are offered similar levels of overtime on the factory floor to provide the same monetary benefit.

However, given what was stated in this article, the English-speaking workers have every right to be "disgruntled." Offering a group of employees overtime solely because of their ethnicity could absolutely violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 06/07/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “A UVM Student Talks About Growing Up Undocumented

I hope she gets to visit the Statue of Liberty as a U.S. citizen ..

Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/26/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “In Vermont, a Somali Bantu Youth Finds His Voice

Aden, we are so proud of you! You are an amazing guy.

Posted by Lauren Berrizbeitia on 05/21/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Find a Classic Shave and Haircut at Winooski's Old Soul Barbershop

Razor and the Old Soul team rock

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Posted by John DuBrul III on 04/19/2017 at 3:03 PM

Re: “In Vermont, a Somali Bantu Youth Finds His Voice

Hoo hoo hoo-ray!

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Posted by Christopher Hayden on 04/19/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter-Vermont Rallies for Change

Once again Dan Bolles has produced a beautifully crafted and researched piece of real journalism. Thanks Dan and Seven Days!

Posted by wahrheit on 04/07/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Black Lives Matter-Vermont Rallies for Change

This BLM crap is getting out of hand..Vermont has always been a place for blacks..I have lived here all my long life..Blacks weren't treated any different then anyone else.. and don't say they were.. unless you have lived here all your life you don't know crap....Blacks were respected as well as others, we worked together, went to school together and hung out together... What racism there is is brought in from outsiders..who has moved here and brought their racism with them..This Ebony Nyoni is just trying to cause problems..during the Civil War Vt helped blacks get away through a underground railway, Vermonters hid them in their homes..till it was safe for them to travel to Canada..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/02/2017 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter-Vermont Rallies for Change

Thanks for the article; and thanks for mentioning the march that happened in Winooski after the meeting. It's the first time I've seen anything in formal news about it. This was very informative. This is hugely important. As a white person who grew up in a very racist culture here in Vermont it took me a long time to unlearn what I had been taught. Speaking from my own experience, I know how prevalent racism is here and what it can look and sound like. I'm really glad that BLM is getting some traction and having some success. A huge facet of my own identity is oppressed and I am proud to say that I feel a sense of solidarity with BLM.

7 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Gabriel Brunelle on 03/02/2017 at 2:48 AM

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