On Thursday, protesters in Burlington continued their call for three city police officers to be fired. The group got bigger, with dozens of University of Vermont students holding their own protest, then marching downtown.UVM held a ‘die-in’ on campus, symbolizing lives lost or changed in recent months.Students, faculty and staff say the university has made budget cuts to lecturers and staff positions, instead of making cuts to the highest paid positions. “There are lecturers at UVM with Ph. D.’s that cannot afford to put food on the table, who now earn less than a living wage in Vermont, and this is a huge problem,” says Ari Kotler, a UVM senior. “I think that there’s a crisis of priority at UVM currently. I think in a pandemic the administration should be doing everything in its power to protect the students, protect the faculty and protect the staff,” says UVM professor Helen Scott.Demonstrators also say not enough has been done on campus to address racial injustice, despite people on campus putting forward a list of demands in June. “We have had two meetings with administrators, but they haven’t accepted our demands,” says Kotler.Kotler says they want to see a Black Lives Matter flag raised outside, UVM police disarmed and their budget cut.In response to Thursday’s on campus protest, UVM released this statement: “The university recognizes the importance of members of our community being able to speak out on issues important to them, including those related to racism and injustice. At the same time, we remain committed to protecting our community from the threat posed by COVID-19. We expect students, faculty and staff to adhere to all the public health guidance, including mask-wearing, maintaining physical distance and limiting the size of gatherings per state rules.”The UVM demonstrator’s “die-in” didn’t end on campus, the group marched downtown to join the hundreds of people once again parading down church street.In front of city hall, they called for the firing of three Burlington police officers, Joseph Corrow, Jason Bellavance and Cory Campbell. All have been disciplined in the past for their use-of-force. Like the group that’s marched for 10 straight nights in downtown Burlington, the students at UVM plan to keep going.”We are not going to stop we are going to keep protesting until they accept our demands,” says Kotler.

On Thursday, protesters in Burlington continued their call for three city police officers to be fired.

The group got bigger, with dozens of University of Vermont students holding their own protest, then marching downtown.

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UVM held a ‘die-in’ on campus, symbolizing lives lost or changed in recent months.

Students, faculty and staff say the university has made budget cuts to lecturers and staff positions, instead of making cuts to the highest paid positions.

“There are lecturers at UVM with Ph. D.’s that cannot afford to put food on the table, who now earn less than a living wage in Vermont, and this is a huge problem,” says Ari Kotler, a UVM senior.

“I think that there’s a crisis of priority at UVM currently. I think in a pandemic the administration should be doing everything in its power to protect the students, protect the faculty and protect the staff,” says UVM professor Helen Scott.

Demonstrators also say not enough has been done on campus to address racial injustice, despite people on campus putting forward a list of demands in June.

“We have had two meetings with administrators, but they haven’t accepted our demands,” says Kotler.

Kotler says they want to see a Black Lives Matter flag raised outside, UVM police disarmed and their budget cut.

In response to Thursday’s on campus protest, UVM released this statement:

“The university recognizes the importance of members of our community being able to speak out on issues important to them, including those related to racism and injustice. At the same time, we remain committed to protecting our community from the threat posed by COVID-19. We expect students, faculty and staff to adhere to all the public health guidance, including mask-wearing, maintaining physical distance and limiting the size of gatherings per state rules.”

The UVM demonstrator’s “die-in” didn’t end on campus, the group marched downtown to join the hundreds of people once again parading down church street.

In front of city hall, they called for the firing of three Burlington police officers, Joseph Corrow, Jason Bellavance and Cory Campbell. All have been disciplined in the past for their use-of-force.

Like the group that’s marched for 10 straight nights in downtown Burlington, the students at UVM plan to keep going.

“We are not going to stop we are going to keep protesting until they accept our demands,” says Kotler.

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