Weekly Update 06.11.18

"Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards immigration, we demand that Mexicans cook a large percentage of the food we eat, grow the ingredients we need to make that food, clean our houses, mow our lawns, wash our dishes, look after our children. As any chef will tell you, our entire service economy — the restaurant business as we know it — in most American cities, would collapse overnight without Mexican workers. Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are ‘stealing American jobs.’ But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had ONE American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position — or even a job as prep cook. Mexicans do much of the work in this country that Americans, probably, simply won’t do."
Anthony Bourdain

We'd like to offer a reminder that you are valued, you are appreciated, and your skills matter to your fellow Vermonters. If you or someone you know is struggling, calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is a great place to start.
-Call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to a live person
-Chat Online: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
-Help Another: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/

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Weekly Update 06.17.18

We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law.”
Representative Jose Serrano, (D-NY 15th District)

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Weekly Update 06.25.18

"If you are more fortunate than others build a longer table, not a taller fence."
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Many of you have been asking for ways you can support ending the Zero Tolerance Policy locally. Here are some ideas: 

-June 25th: First Day of No School Rally, Montpelier, VT (see listing below)

-June 30th: Not in Our Name Rally on the Brattleboro Commons in Brattleboro, VT (see listing below)

-Join the Keep Families Together Postcard Avalanche
A Simple, Strong Action You Can Take Right Now organized by Laura Lynette Chapman, Laura Casey, and the Putney Huddle.
The Plan: In addition to donating funds and calling our representatives, plan to bombard the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border with postcards appealing directly to border patrol agents' humanity. We will use the internet to amplify our voices by photo documenting and sharing our postcards in our event on FB, on our Facebook feeds, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol
Why: Ripping children from their families is deeply unethical, something associated with slave owners and Nazis. While we wait for our congress to take some action to stop these atrocities, we want to let border patrol agents know we are watching, that they have a choice, and that they can stop this by refusing to participate. Our action will also let Congress know that citizens are horrified by what our government is doing.
How: On your own or with friends and family create and send personalized postcards to the Border Patrol Offices along the Mexican border. These messages CANNOT be hateful. We may be angry, but our anger will not be effective; it will alienate us from the agents. Instead they must be appeals to the agents as human beings.
Message Ideas:
- You can stop this.
- You have a choice.
- No one can make you take a child from their family.
- Will you go home to your family tonight? These families love their children just like you love yours.
- You are brave. You are kind. You are compassionate. Please don't take children away from their families. It goes against everything you believe in.
- I'm sorry you are facing a moral dilemma
- This must go against your values
- This must be hard, don't let this harden your heart
- Please be compassionate, don't become a Nazi
- Treat others as you would wish your family to be treated
Postcards with the Families Belong Together logo and pre-addressed labels will be available for free at Everyone's Books and the Putney Co-op by Thursday, 6/21/18 or you can make your own. Simply cut a piece of cardstock into four pieces. Postcards can be 3.5” x 5.5” or 4” x 6”. Decorate the front and place the address and stamp on the back. Don't forget to photo document and share your postcard in this event, on your Facebook feed, Twitter and Instagram. Use the Hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether #TheWholeWorldIsWatching #USBorderPatrol


Addresses-

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
IPL/CBP INFO Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., MS: 1345
Washington, DC 20229

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
109 Shiloh Dr., Suite 300
Laredo, TX 78045

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
2323 S. Shepherd #1200
Houston, TX 77019

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
9400 Viscount Suite 104
El Paso, TX 79925

Please share to spread the word. Here is the event link for easy sharing...
https://www.facebook.com/events/2576769782548112/?ti=cl

 

Thank you for every action you take, big or small. 

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Weekly Update 07.02.18

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

     This Saturday approximately 500 friends and neighbors gathered on the Brattleboro Commons to decidedly declare that the Family Separation policy will not be tolerated. The Not in My Name event was hosted by The Putney Huddle, Everyone's Books, Brattleboro Solidarity, Brattleboro Rights and Democracy, and The Women's Action Team. Speakers included VT Senator Becca Balint, Steve Crofter from the Community Asylum Seekers Project, Representative Mike Mrowicki, Ezlerh Oreste, Candidate for Governor Brenda Siegel, Candidate for VT State Representative (Windham 4) Nader Hashim, and more.
The event was part of a nationwide effort to express solidarity with immigrants who are incarcerated and separated from loved ones. Take a moment to look at some of the images fellow weCAN member Laura Chapman shared after the event.
Photos courtesy of David Shaw.
Many thanks to all those who marched or rallied today, have donated time or money to immigration services and bail funds, and to those who have put their bodies and well-being on the line in front of ICE buildings or inside government buildings. Thank you, as well, to all those who care for activists by cooking their meals, watching their children, driving them to events, or posting their bail. No act is too small in the fight for justice and equality and we sincerely thank you for your efforts. 

  

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