Our amazing team of regular and part-time volunteers are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action.
VEMA was founded in the spring of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seraphia Aguallo (Gravelle), Elizabeth Allen, and Nathaniel Coward began the work of educating the community and providing a voice for people of color throughout the region. Historically there has been a lack of representation as well as complaints and concerns falling on the deaf ears of the leaders of the regional community. VEMA stands united to work against racism and injustice. Through educating not only the members of VEMA but also the community surrounding them, they intend on chipping away at the systemic and blatant racism that exists throughout their community. In addition to education, a priority of VEMA is to ensure accurate and adequate representation as the community as a whole works to abolitioning racism.
Our hope is to create a fluid model to combat systemic racism and discrimination within all systems and communities. To help meet the cultural, emotional, physical and financial needs of those who experience these issues. We will do this by bringing awareness to the communities we live in that racism and discriminaion exist and are detrimental to our communities. We will be ensuring change in policies and procedures within these systems and communities from the inside out in order for these systems to be all inclusive and for communities to thrive.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.