VT Farmworker leader Racially Profiled. Vermonters Mobilize with Rapid Response Prompting Governor to Intervene
Cars whiz by as I slow down to make my exit off the interstate north of Burlington, Vermont, not far from the Canadian border. I’m on my way to a dairy farm where I’ll pick up a couple young men from Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.
National Day of Action Puts Pressure on Obama Administration's Empty Promises and Controversial Deportation Program
Thursday, August 18th, 8:30 am. Burlington, VT--A group of Vermont farm workers, taking time away from their 60-80 hour work weeks, traveled to the State House today to express concern and seek support from Governor Shumlin to speak out against Immigration Enforcement's widely discredited "Secure Communities" program.
Available as PDF: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/StopScomm.pdf
**************For Immediate Release****************
Brendan O'Neill and Natalia Fajardo, VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project, 802.825.1609
James Haslam, VT Workers’ Center, 802.272.0882
B. Loewe, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, 773.791.4668
1) Take Action to Stop ICE's ramped up efforts to force "Secure Communities" on Vermont. Join the National Day of Action on August 15th!
Call the White House and VT Senators Leahy, Sanders and Congressman Welch and ask them to put an end to 'Secure Communities'.
2) Sign the petition to stop ICE’s Secure Communities Program in Vermont!
Natalia and Danilo from VTMFSP joined Sarah, Meghan, Mecedes and Denise of the Vermont Workers Center to attend the Allied Media Conference (AMC)in Detroit last month.
Montpelier, VT May 3-- Statehouse -- Members of the grassroots Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign and the VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project cheered on Tuesday, May 3, as the joint house senate committee voted to accept a reconciled version of the universal healthcare bill, H.202, which removed a provision excluding undocumented workers from health care coverage. Observers credit Vermonters’ unhesitating and unflinching demand that “universal means everyone” for turning a political hot potato into a victory.
While the federal government continues to fail to create humane and just immigration and food systems we in Vermont are faced with community decisions.
Do we work together to build welcoming, just and humane communities for everyone who lives and works here?
Do we take the path of Arizona and further exclude, discriminate against, and punish a population already living on the margins of our society and yet doing so much to sustain it!