Training Programs Help Police Reduce Racial Profiling

BRATTLEBORO – The Rutland Police Department is a good example of a law enforcement agency that is making all of the right moves on how to stop racial profiling, said Curtiss Reed, Jr., the executive director of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, which offers bias-free policing training at law enforcement agencies around the state.

“The police department has taken on a leadership role,” said Reed. It’s done so by cultivating relationships with other agencies and is redefining its law enforcement narrative by returning to community policing.

“They’ve reconfigured the map of the city in terms of quadrants and assigned one sergeant to each quadrant,” he said.

Recently, Reed was in Rutland, conducting training with Rutland police officers and some members of the Vermont State Police. Part of the training is to help officers understand their own social identity and how that drives their own perceptions on the job.

“How do you compensate for that in your police work?”

5 lessons on coming out as transgender at work

When Symantec engineer Cass Averill transitioned to male six years ago, most companies weren’t sure how to adapt when a transgender employee comes out.

Today, more than 400 U.S. corporations, including Nike and Intel, already offer transgender-inclusive healthcare policies, and nearly 300 have gender-transition guidelines in place, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

But the thousands of companies that haven’t must adapt soon, experts say, or risk discrimination lawsuits.

What should a company do if an employee announces they want to medically transition to a new gender? Symantec’s experience offers important lessons.

Create a “transition” team.

This should include the how to come out as trans at work person, their boss, a member of upper management, a human resources representative and possibly a lawyer or a union representative.

Introducing Our Love Is Love Mug, Benefiting the Human Rights Campaign

Our newest mug design has a lot of heart! Allow us to introduce the Love Is Love Mug, a set of two festively designed mugs that are perfect for sharing coffee, tea or cocoa with a loved one. Designed and available exclusively through us, each set sold benefits human rights.

The new high-fired porcelain piece, which was crafted by our tabletop designer Alexia Chimenti, features an allover pattern of multi-colored and gleaming gold hearts, and the inside rim features a continuous loop that reads “love is love is love…” And with every purchase, it gives back. Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is donating 50 percent of the purchase price to the how to cancel human rights campaign donation (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

We asked Williams Sonoma’s tabletop buyer, Chelsae Smith, to share the story behind the mug. “I was inspired by the outpour of support after the Orlando shooting,” she told us. “I was heartbroken by the tragedy. On Instagram, I was consoled by posts featuring beautiful rainbow-inspired artwork and statements of love and support for the LGTBQ community.  Seeing this art made me realize I wasn’t alone in my grief, and the art helped me see a world filled with love and thoughtfulness. Since heartfelt art made an impact on me, I wanted to create something meaningful that we could share with the world.