For Great Justice

My name is Jessamyn West. I was elected Justice of the Peace in Randolph Vermont on November 6, 2012. My term started February 1st, 2013 and lasts for three years. Do you need a Vermont JP?

More information on what a VT Justice of the Peace does (pdf)

Nov 13

Freedom & Unity

Is the slogan of the state of Vermont and the country of Tanzania (Uhuru na Umoja in Swahili). While reading nerdy Vermont history I also learned that we have a state drink (milk) and a state pie (apple) as well as a whole bunch of other official state stuff I didn’t know about.

But I did know about the slogan and have always liked it. Dorothy Canfield Fisher, who many librarians know as the namesake for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award, has explained the fundamental tension inherent in this succinct phrase.

The Vermont idea grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct – how to reconcile the needs of the group, of which every man or woman is a member, with the craving for individual freedom to be what he really is.

I’ll track down the actual non-Wikipedia citation sometime tomorrow but for now just wanted to give some backstory to the state seal’s slogan.