Vermont Covid-19 Equity Fund

January 9, 2021 0 Comments

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A Real Cowman: Portrait of a Migrant Farmworker

December 8, 2020 0 Comments

By Kathyrn Kramer from Vermont Almanac Gabriel says that the way to help cows not be scared of you is to touch them. Lay a hand, be gentle – it cuts down on their stress. You don’t want cows stressed because then they give less milk and have more difficulty conceiving. Since cows learn to …

Separated: Inside an American Tragedy – a book review by Margaret Blanchard

October 10, 2020 0 Comments

In this book, recently published by Harper Collins, NBC news correspondent Jacob Soboroff documents the current administration’s policy of separating refugee children from their parents at the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico – imprisoning and traumatizing thousands of children and parents fleeing environmental disasters and gang violence in Central America.  Facing this influx …

Reading to End Racism Offers Online Resources for Children and Those Who Work with Them

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

Until Covid-19, volunteers with Central Vermont Reading to End Racism were going into elementary school classrooms to read high quality children’s books with students as a way of illuminating and discussing issues of multiculturalism, equity, racism, and immigration.  The goal is to raise awareness of the harm racism causes and help develop strategies to actively …

How Canadian Court Ruling Could Impact Migration Patterns in Northern New England

September 8, 2020 0 Comments

On NPR’s New England News Collaborative it was reported that in July Canada’s Federal Court ruled the United States is no longer a safe place for refugees.  The court condemned the treatment of asylum seekers at U.S. detention centers and said the Safe Third Country Agreement between the two countries in now unconstitutional. The agreement …

27 Vermont Refugees Tell Their Stories in New Book

September 5, 2020 0 Comments

Suddenly You Are Nobody: Vermont Refugees Tell Their Stories by Jared Grange, published by Huntington Graphics in Burlington, gives a broad and vivid picture of Vermont’s refugee communities. The people we read about came to Vermont from Bhutan, Nepal, Russia, Bosnia, China, Ecuador, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, Vietnam, Mexico, Palestine, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Iraq.  Their …

Local Migrant Farm Workers Struggle To Stay Safe During Pandemic

July 19, 2020 0 Comments

Thelma Gomez, a member of the Vermont migrant community and an  organizer with Migrant Justice states that grueling work schedules, limited access to medical care, language barriers, and cramped housing all contribute to farmworkers’ vulnerability to Covid19.  “Multiple workers share the same room and if one gets sick there’s no way for them to self-isolate or …