JOIN US AT THE STATE HOUSE ON WED 3/14!
Posted Mon, 03/12/2012 - 12:18pm
Let's make history THIS WEEK with Vermont farm workers, farmers, and fair food and human rights allies by organizing to pass S-238, a bill that will make accessible Vermont IDs and drivers' licenses to Vermont's tireless migrant workers!
1. JOIN US FOR A STATE HOUSE ACTION DAY ON WED 3/14!
2. Help us Win the BATTLE OF THE STORY in the media! WRITE Letters to the Editor. Educate the Press!
3. Solidarity Transportation Opportunities
1. Join us for a STATE HOUSE ACTION DAY on Wed 3/14, 9am-1pm
More information and pre-register: http://migrantjustice.net/node/152
We are making history. While other states scapegoat and criminalize immigrants, Vermont farm worker are building power and voice and moving to recognize immigrant rights as human rights!
S-238 was introduced in the Vermont Senate to provide VT farm workers with a state issued ID. We have organized tirelessly to change the bill into something more CONCRETE by making S-238 provide access to drivers' licenses to VT residents who dont have a SSN.
Farm workers set the goal of access to drivers' licenses after 1 year of Migrant Justice community meetings and surveys. Then, thanks to your help, the Senate Agriculture committee passed this bill unanimously on Friday.
But we are not done. The bill has a long way before becoming law, and we need you to make it happen!
DRIVING TOWARDS JUSTICE
STATE HOUSE ACTION DAY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th
9am - 1pm
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Passing S-238 is an urgent human rights issue for both migrant farmworkers, who currently can’t move freely and can't meet their basic needs to get food or access health care on their own; and to farmers, who currently feel responsible for running errands and, at times, being a taxi service for farm workers.
Partner with farmworkers and farmers from your community to let your representatives know why you support S-238!
This TUESDAY: CALL THE SERGEANT OF ARMS (802-828-2228) AND LEAVE A NOTE FOR YOUR SENATORS:
"I will be in the State House on Wednesday to ask you to work with me to pass S-238. Please come to Room 11 between 10:45-11:15. I'd also like to meet in the cafeteria between 12-1 to talk more."
Wed March 14th
Sign-in and orientation in State House (Room 11): 9- 9:30am
Training - How do I talk to my legislators about S-238?: 9:30- 10:30am
"Driving to Justice" Teach-in: Why are we fighting for driver's licenses? featuring Senators, farmers and farmworker leaders: 10:45 - 11:15am
Talk with legislators: 11:30 - 1pm
Attend all or part of the action day, as your schedule allows.
Need a ride? Let us know. email@example.com; or call 802-658-6770
*Burlington/Chittenden folks come to our office at 294 N. Winooski Ave at 7:30 to carpool down!
2. Help us Win the BATTLE OF THE STORY in the media on S-238! WRITE Letters to the Editor! Educate the Press!
The time is NOW! We need to show a groundswell of support for S-238 this week. There have already been some very biased and incomplete reports and some very negative opinion pieces on this issue.
We've done a great job over the past years creating a more humane and thoughtful dialogue about immigration in Vermont; lets keep shaping public debate in a positive light.
* List of Local News Papers for Letters to the Editor: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/VTLetterstoEditor.pdf
* S-238 Talking Points: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/s238talkingpoints.pdf
Help us track media coverage - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org when your letter is published.
Thank you! See you on the 14th!
Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante