Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the third Tuesday of the month. Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.
Burlington's Center for Community & Neighborhoods has received 3 grant awards to infuse the community with 70 diverse AmeriCorps and VISTA organizers who will serve in government, schools and non-profit aggencies.
Richard Kemp interviews international visitors to Burlington, part of a week long study visit on Champlain Housing Trust's Community Land Trust model. The visit is a follow-up from CHT's recognition as a World Habitat Award winner, received in 2008. In addition, CHT residents speak out on their experience with the Housing Trust.
Two panel discussions on the issues surrounding the recent arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. by Cambridge, Ma. police as he entered his own home. Panel 1, moderated by Stewart Ledbetter, Panel 2 by Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling. Panelists: Robert Appel; Professor Emily Bernard; Dr. Ken Palm; Chief Trevor Whipple; Professor Rashad Shabazz; Professor Stephanie Seguino; Allen Gilbert.