- Associated Press - Monday, January 16, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Members of the Black Lives Matter movement are organizing a protest of what they call systemic racism in Burlington’s public schools and brutality by the city’s police force.

A speak-out and rally will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday in front of Burlington High School and end at the Burlington Police Department. The event is being organized to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Black Lives Matter Vermont is calling for more people of color to serve as public school administrators and teachers and policies that work to decrease “racial bullying and harassment” of black kids. The group’s organizers also say the Burlington Police Department has failed to adequately address racial discrimination and police brutality.

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