NSSA or Neighbors for a Safer Saint Albans, are St. Albans Vermont residents who are committed to making our home safer for all people.
We are moved by compassion and a commitment to equity. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and we stand in solidarity with the global movement for Black lives. We care immensely about our entire community. We believe it is the responsibility of the citizens who employ the police force to question the institution and our local government. We take this responsibility seriously.
We do not want St. Albans to continue its delusion of exceptionalism. Police violence is present here. Racism is present here. Homophobia is present here. Transphobia is present here. And we believe that St. Albans can heal from these wounds. We believe that St. Albans can be safe for everyone and we acknowledge the reality that this is not currently true. We hear from our Black and brown neighbors, our neighbors in recovery, our neighbors with disabilities, our neighbors who are unhoused, our LGBTQIA+ neighbors, and neighbors of marginalized genders, that they experience violence at the hands of the St. Albans Police Department. We believe them and we know our community can do better.
We are asking questions. We are organizing. We are starting dialogues.