2021 Board and Bylaws Voting

As an ACLU of Vermont member, you are eligible to vote in the 2021 election.

This year, six ACLU members have been nominated for vacancies on the ACLU-VT Boards of Directors. There are also five bylaw changes to vote on and one article of association change to vote on.

Voting is open through Tuesday, October 26.

If you're having any difficulties with this form, please email info@acluvt.org.

We value the participation of our members and hope to see you virtually at our upcoming Annual Meeting, Tuesday, October 26, from 5 – 6:30 p.m. More information on the agenda and how to register can be found at acluvt.org/2021annualmeeting.

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2021 Candidates

Candidate Statements

Indra Acharya, Winooski

“I was born and raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal, where my family sought refuge from ethnic cleansing. I resettled in Vermont in 2012 through the refugee resettlement program. A recent graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, I am a proud graduate of Georgetown University, Vermont Academy of Science and Technology, and Winooski High School. My life experiences have taught me the meaning and importance of advocating for the rights and liberties of those who have been systematically left out and left behind. Through my activism and professional work, including antiracism advocacy at Winooski School District and managing a COVID-19 Equity Fund for undocumented Vermonters, I have made such advocacy my priority. As a board member of the ACLU-VT, I hope to bring my lived and professional experiences and knowledge to challenge and change the system that continues to oppress the most vulnerable in our society.”


Catarina Campbell, Burlington

"Catarina (they/them and she/her) is an indigenous and Afro-Brazilian healer and community organizer who has chosen to build her home in Vermont. Honoring and celebrating our right to be embraced for all of who we are, Catarina strives to bring joyful and meaningful connection to our communities through grassroots organizing, collectivist mutual aid, and trauma support spaces. Catarina recognizes how many of our communities feel/are alienated from the US legal system and do not feel protected by the constitution; by working with the ACLU, she strives to expand access and lovingly integrate the needs and realities of our people to this critical work."


Jennifer Herrera Condry, Brandon

"Jennifer Herrera Condry is a visionary creative, concept artist, spiritual herbalist, and healing justice facilitator. Jennifer grew up in Harlem, the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She worked for 22 years in higher education focusing on student success and engagement before switching careers in 2020 to manage Juniper Creative Arts, the family business she created with her husband Will Kasso Condry. During her 18-year tenure at Middlebury College, Jennifer led efforts for the retention and care of college students from marginalized identities, developed co-curricular programs and creative experiences to support student success, identity development and sense of belonging. She has many years of experience in art curation, arts management, program design, project management, strategic planning, and organizational development. Jennifer holds an M.A. in Spanish linguistics from the Middlebury Language Schools and a B.F.A in art history and business from Hunter College. Additionally, she is a 200-hour certified Hatha Yoga practitioner, and certified Reiki Master Teacher."


Anthony Iarrapino, Montpelier

"I have a long history of collaboration with the ACLU, including in legislative coalitions and as cooperating attorney on Doyle v. City of Burlington, and assisting ACLU attorneys on an informal basis. Through all of those experiences, I’ve been impressed by the organization’s tenacity, courage, principles, and legal savvy. I understand that government can be a force for good to solve shared problems, but I have also seen many instances where the government’s power is wielded arbitrarily or vindictively in ways that violate state and federal constitutions and to the detriment of marginalized groups. I’ve served in various capacities in the nonprofit advocacy realm, including as senior staff attorney, executive director, board member, and outside counsel. I believe my training as an attorney, past collaborations with ACLU, and familiarity with Vermont’s political and legal landscape have been useful in my past year’s service on the ACLU-VT board and governance committee."


Amelia Silver, Bennington

"I recently returned to law practice after a long break. In law school I worked at Legal Aid’s Prisoners' Rights project enforcing federal consent decrees that addressed conditions in the jails at Rikers’ Island, and studied with Barry Scheck, a lifelong mentor and champion of civil rights. I then worked at the Criminal Appeals Bureau of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, clerked for a federal magistrate, and then moved to southern Vermont. During the non-lawyer years, I worked as a fundraiser, and social services case manager, and as a mediator. Intensive advocacy on behalf of teen parents, people struggling with addiction, and families living in generational poverty sharpened my dedication to civil rights. Now, as a personal injury lawyer, I serve a similar population, which is rewarding and challenging in equal parts. I would be delighted to join the ACLU of Vermont board."


Nicholas Ward, Calais

"I am a third generation Vermonter who cherishes the complexity and contradictions embedded in the traditions that have shaped Vermont—and the powerful forces that continue to reshape the Vermont of the future. I see the ACLU as one of those forces and am thrilled at the prospect of being a more active participant as a Board Member. Though much of my perspective was heavily influenced by my time as a 60s activist, most of my adult life has been spent as a tech entrepreneur. My most recent company created the fundraising software used by Planned Parenthood, Feeding America, CARE, International Rescue Committee, much of Public Media and the ACLU. Working closely with ACLU National for three years fueled my desire to do more to support the important work of the ACLU in Vermont."


Proposed Bylaws and Articles of Association Changes

The Union Board has unanimously approved the following proposed revisions to the Union's bylaws and articles of association:

BYLAWS
1) Number of Union board seats. As a good governance measure, the Boards of the ACLU of Vermont and the ACLU Foundation of Vermont seek to increase the number of distinct Foundation Board trustees and reduce the number of Union Board directors by a corresponding number (3).

Proposed change:

ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The corporation shall have a Board of Directors of eighteen (18) members no more than fifteen (15) Directors.

2) Staggered terms. With a reduction in Union board seats, the requirement that six directors be elected per year should be eliminated from the three sections of the bylaws in which they currently appear. Directors will still be eligible for up to three three-year terms, and the Union membership will continue to vote on new board candidates as seats become available.

Proposed changes:

ARTICLE VI – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1…Each director must be or have been within the preceding 24 months a member of the American Civil Liberties Union or one of its affiliates as of the time his/her nomination is presented to the membership and must be a member of the corporation at the time of his/her election. Six directors shall be elected each year to serve for a period of three years, or until their successors are elected. In addition, any unexpired director's terms may be filled at the annual meeting in the manner set out in Section 8 of this article. Directors shall be elected for three-year terms.
Section 8. In case of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the directors shall select a successor to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. However, the vacancy may also be left unfilled until the annual meeting and filled in the regular election for directors. Any unexpired term(s) filled in this manner will be filled by the person(s) obtaining the next highest vote totals to the person winning a three-year term with the lowest number of votes.
Section 9…The number of nominees shall be equal to or greater than the number of regularly vacant positions (one-third of the total board membership), as well as one nominee for each additional slot that may be open due to resignation.

3) Amendment of bylaws. The Union board proposes adding a provision to allow the board to make necessary changes to the bylaws by a vote of 2/3rds of the Directors. The membership retains the authority to amend, alter, repeal, or supplement the bylaws by a vote of 3/5ths of the members in good standing.

Proposed change:

ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS

Section 1. Amendment by Board of Directors. These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by the vote of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the Directors present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the Board if the notice of meeting specified the action to be taken and was given at least fourteen (14) calendar days before the meeting.

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
4) Articles of Association. Consistent with the proposal to eliminate from the bylaws the requirement that one-third (currently six) directors be elected each year, the same change should be made to the Union's Articles of Association. Directors will still be eligible for up to three three-year terms, and the Union membership will continue to vote on new board candidates as seats become available.
Proposed change:

ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
"The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by a board of not less than three trustees, to be referred to as directors, but their terms shall be so staggered that the terms of one-third of the trustees shall expire each year.

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