The Vermont Cynic

Protesters remain committed to demands despite inaction from City

Protesters gather around the amphitheater at Battery Park Sept. 11 in the 18th consecutive night of protest.

Meredith Rathburn, Cynic News Reporter

September 15, 2020

As community members marched in black attire down Battery Street on their fifteenth consecutive day of protest last week, the mayor of Burlington spoke at an emergency meeting, unable to take action on protesters’ demands. At 6 p.m. Sept. 8, Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Attorney Eileen Blackwood,...

Students stage die-in on Waterman Green in protest of UVM admin

Students march from the Davis Center to Waterman Green Sept. 3, carrying a large black coffin and wielding tombstone-shaped signs representing the death of Black Americans and potential death of UVM's reopening plan.

Anna Morrill, Cynic News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As students shuffled between classes on UVM’s Central Campus Sept. 3, a line of students dressed in black, carrying tombstones and a coffin began their somber march to the site of their “death.”  Late Thursday, the students along with other members of the UVM community including professors and...

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Two weeks, three officers, zero action.

Emma Pinezich, News Editor

September 8, 2020

For 13 consecutive days, UVM students have blocked roads, marched down streets and disrupted downtown Burlington as part of a multi-day non-stop protest calling for the firing of three Burlington Police officers. As the protests continue and stretch into the third week, UVM students have rout...

Community protests UVM’s reopening plan, criticizes off-campus parties and lack of clarity from admin

Burlington City Councilor Zoraya Hightower speaks  outside Waterman Building at a protest against UVM's reopening plan Friday, Aug. 14.

Maryann Makosiej, Cynic News Reporter

August 15, 2020

On the same day that some UVM students returned to campus in preparation for the fall semester, roughly 30 people stood outside UVM’s Waterman building to protest the school’s plans to reopen. Organized by UVM staff, alumni, students and Burlington City Councilors, many speakers expressed disma...

Hundreds protest police brutality in Burlington as part of nation-wide outcry

Protest organizer Harmony Edosomwan stands on top of a blue pick-up truck speaking to the crowd with a megaphone at the May 30 protest.

Kate Vanni, Summer Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2020

As cities across the nation protest racial injustice, hundreds gathered in Burlington to speak out against the city’s Police Department and its treatment of black people. The protesters gathered at 6 p.m. May 30 in Battery Park to support the Black Lives Matter movement in wake of the murder of Ge...

Composer performs in protest for 24 hours straight

The artist known as DBR performs at 1 a.m. Oct. 27 in front of Burlington City Hall. His performance was part of a 24-hour demonstration meant to call attention to U.S. immigration policy.

Willow Scherwinski, Staff Writer

November 3, 2019

In the middle of the night Oct. 24, young Burlingtonians hopped from bar to bar along Church Street while a lone violin song fought to be heard. Violinist, composer and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain began his 24-hour performance at noon Oct. 24 outside of Burlington’s City Hall. Roumain hoped his song “Protest Song...

Activists: to profit or punish?

Activists: to profit or punish?

Staff Editorial

October 2, 2019

UVM, where are you? Here you are, posting a “Photo of the Week” of senior Jillian Scannell, SGA president, on your Instagram. You write, “More than 500 community members gathered outside the Davis Center Sept. 20, speaking out and connecting with campus environmental organizations.” Around 600 s...

Student protestors host rally on anniversary of Waterman building takeover

Junior Riri Stuart-Thompson, president of the Womyn of Color Coalition, addresses the crowd Feb. 26 in the Waterman lobby. The rally, hosted by student activist group NoNames for Justice, commemorated the one year anniversary of the group's Waterman takeover.

Lee Hughes and Maeve Gurnis

February 26, 2019

Over 100 students participated in a rally Feb. 26 in the Waterman lobby, the one year anniversary of the 2018 Waterman takeover. NoNames for Justice, a student activist group, hosted a rally 2 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the Waterman building to protest injustices on campus and celebrate the pr...

White house firing sparks protests

A protestor listens to Ryan McLaren, a staffer from Rep. Peter Welch's office, read a statement from Welch.

Sawyer Loftus and Julianne Lesch

November 14, 2018

Hundreds of people gathered in Burlington to protest the ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as concerns over the future of the Trump-Russia investigation grow. At least 400 hundred protestors marched Nov. 8 from the Federal Building on Elmwood Avenue to nearby City Hall to make their voices ...

St. Michael’s players kneel in protest

St. Michael's players kneel in protest

Nickie Morris, Assistant Sports Editor

November 9, 2018

Protests for racial equality were present at UVM Nov. 4, but this time at Patrick Gymnasium. Seven players on the St. Michael’s College men’s basketball team kneeled during the National Anthem in support of Black Lives Matter. This is one year after they were booed for kneeling during the Nationa...

Students organize to protest gender memo

Students organize to protest gender memo

Sawyer Loftus, Assistant Breaking News Editor

November 8, 2018

Members of the UVM and Burlington transgender and non-binary communities gathered to send a clear message to President Donald Trump: “We will not be erased.” Nearly 250 students, faculty and community members organized Oct. 29 outside the third floor of the Davis Center to protest a memo obtain...

Students and faculty protest Kavanaugh

Students and faculty protest Kavanaugh

Staff Report

October 4, 2018

UVM students walked out of class to protest the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Oct. 4. Students and community members gathered for a “Cancel Kavanaugh” rally outside the Davis Center after walking out of class at noon. The rally was hosted by student leaders from UVM...

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