Join Kesha Ram, Brenda Siegel and other speakers to discuss the Overdose Crisis, the history of the drug war, where we are at in Vermont and in the country, what strategies other countries have used and where we can and should go from here. What would save lives and reduce the collateral damage that goes along with this crisis?
Kesha Ram: Kesha Ram is a candidate for Chittenden County Senate. She served four terms in the Vermont House of Representatives on behalf of Burlington. In 2018, she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration. Her focus while in graduate school was on understanding the opioid crisis, including studying policies and practices in Portugal, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
Vanessa Santana: Vanessa Santana is currently working as a Recovery Coach in the Emergency Department. She accomplishes this work by meeting people where they are at either, by getting them into inpatient treatment or helping them with outpatient services and or MAT. Vanessa is also part of the outreach team with the Brattleboro Police Department, engaging folks in recovery through peer support and providing folks with Naloxone and other resources they may need.
Brenda Siegel: Siegel is Chair of the Newfane Democratic Committee and Delegate to the County Committee. Siegel began her political work as an intern in then congressman Bernie Sanders’ Washington D.C. office in 2001. Brenda has been active with the Raise the Wage coalition and member leader at Rights and Democracy. Brenda is a member of a national cohort focused on addressing the overdose crisis with People’s Action and RAD, Since her 2018 campaign for Governor, Brenda has traveled around the state and country speaking to states attorneys, police chiefs, legislators, those in active use, recovery and family members to advocate for progressive drug policy.