Protest playlist: 10 songs curated by Middlebury College political science professor Kemi Fuentes-George

As a bonus to our Jan. 7 story about Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George and his upcoming J-Term class on protest music, the Independent is pleased to present the following playlist, curated by Fuentes-George, which features some of the songs his students will analyze in class. “My goal is for people to understand the political context,” Fuentes-George told the Independent. “With music it’s thinking about singing from a place of social upheaval and looking at it in terms of challenging authorit … (read more)

Music, politics collide in J-term class

MIDDLEBURY — On April 25, 2019, Ayman Mao, a Sudanese musician living in the United States, flew back to his native city of Khartoum to participate in a sit-in outside that African nation’s army headquarters. Two weeks before, amid massive protests, the c … (read more)

Prepping for post-election protest

ADDISON COUNTY — Political activists, both locally and nationally, are preparing for the worst-case outcome on Election Day — an election that’s too close to call that evening and a rule-defying president who has deliberately spread doubts about the valid … (read more)

Protesters condemn Postal Service cuts

ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Anger over the precipitous decline in the quality of mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service showed itself this past Saturday when protests popped up in front of at least three local post offices. Slogans on placards and po … (read more)

Hundreds gather in Bristol to denounce police killing

BRISTOL — More than 350 people attended a peaceful vigil on the Bristol town green Tuesday afternoon to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to mourn the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed on May 25 by a whit … (read more)

Vermonters join in outrage over racial inequality

ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — People started gathering in College Park, the former site of the Middlebury town offices, a little before 6 p.m. on Saturday. As the numbers swelled it became obvious that pandemic or not many Vermonters were so upset that the … (read more)