Bill to Extend Access to Driver's Licenses Regardless of Immigration Status Passes Vermont Senate Transportation Committee w/ 4-1 Vote

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Bill to Extend Access to Driver's Licenses Regardless of Immigration Status Passes Vermont Senate Transportation Committee w/ 4-1 Vote

Immigrant Workers Welcome Springtime Change With A Big Step on the Road to Rights in Vermont

Migrant Justice takes it to DC: Joining our voices for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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"Whether licenses or citizenship, our drive is not a piece of paper; it's our rights and dignity."
- Alberto Madrigal, Migrant Justice member

February 12, 2013, Washington DC

A delegation of 10 Migrant Justice members and a representative from the Vermont Workers' Center traveled to a groundbreaking gathering of over 300 immigrant worker leaders across the country in Washington, D.C on February 12th and 13th.

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The gathering took place under the banner United Workers Congress, which is a national network of grassroots immigrant worker organizations who are excluded from fundamental human and workers' rights.
The mission was to build a more unified movement for immigration reform that creates a path to Citizenship for the entire 11 million undocumented people in this country, and upholds fundamental human rights for all.

Migrant Justice created this photo slideshow to bring you there:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/migrantjustice/sets/72157632865902182/show/

Driving Towards Human Rights in Vermont!

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Driving Towards Human Rights in Vermont

SEE THE STORY TOLD THROUGH PICTURES HERE: http://www.flickr.com//photos/migrantjustice/sets/72157632709096043/show/

2/12/13--Our Vermont State Legislature is in session during the winter months, so sunlight slides straight in through the cafeteria mid-day as state senators and representatives meet with folks from around Vermont. The sunshine lights the tops of people’s heads as if to provide additional brainpower through solar gain.

Migrant Justice Takes Huge Step Towards Access to Driver's Licenses in Vermont: Grassroots Campaign Momentum Growing For a Big Victory in 2013

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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 P1010152faith 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.

Legal Testimony Indicates No Laws Prohibit VT From Extending Access to Licenes/ID to Undcoumented VT Residents

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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2012

Brendan O'Neill, 802-825-1609; 802-658-6770 brendan@migrantjustice.net

Natalia Fajardo, 802-497-7027; 802-658-6770
natalia@migrantjustice.net
Migrant Justice, www.migrantjustice.net; 802-658-6770

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

Human Rights Riders and Farmworkers Deliver "Cabot 'Sour Cream' Award" to Mack Farm in Charlotte for Continued Wage Theft

***For Immediate Release***

August 6, 2012

Contact: Brendan O'Neill, 802-825-1609 * Will arrange translation for farmworker interviews
More information at: www.migrantjustice.net, 802-658-6770, info@migrantjustice.net

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.

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