Migrant Justice Takes Huge Step Towards Access to Driver's Licenses in Vermont
Grassroots Campaign Momentum Growing For a Big Victory in 2013
Dec. 14, 2012---After nearly a year of non-stop grassroots organizing, 35 farmworkers took to the State House on Thursday for a final push to successfully move a Legislative Study Committee to an 8-1 vote, recommending that Vermont create a law to allow undocumented residents to access driver's licenses and IDs in 2013! Long time Migrant Justice ally and faith community leader Laura O'Brien was there last Thursday and shares this reflection about the big day below. For a photo essay go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/migrantjustice/sets/72157632274984146/show/
Teacher and writer Parker Palmer talks about harnessing the “creative tension” of the world as a necessity for being an agent of change. That is, finding a way to operate in the world in that space between the way things are and the way we know they can and should be, without becoming so jaded or idealistic that action is impossible.
I would like to think the members of the Driver’s License Study Committee were able to do this on December 13, helped in large part by the imagery surely burned into their mind’s eyes throughout the morning’s proceedings. Around the center table of the House Chamber on Thursday morning this group of power holders was discussing the bureaucratic logistics of what it would mean to grant access to driver’s licenses to people without a Social Security number. And more specifically, how might Vermont’s migrant farmworkers fit into this system.
For Immediate Release
October 3, 2012
Brendan O'Neill, 802-825-1609; 802-658-6770 firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Testimony Indicates No Laws Prohibit Vermont From Extending Access to Licenses for Undocumented Residents
Wednesday, October 3rd, VT State House, Room 10
11:15am-12:30pm- Testimony from National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and ACLU-VT
UPDATE: MIGRANT JUSTICE AT THE PEOPLE'S CONVENTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS!
Migrant Justice has undergone a deep transformation over the past year
***For Immediate Release***
August 6, 2012
40-50 Human Rights Riders and Farmworkers Deliver "Cabot 'Sour Cream' Award" to Mack Farm in Charlotte for Continued Wage Theft
Farmworkers and Partners Descend on Farm Demanding $800 in Stolen Wages.
RIDE FOR RIGHTS
Sunday August 5th
Burlington -Charlotte- Burlington (30 miles round trip)