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Never Again Means #ShutDownICE in Vermont
July 28, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Protest on Sunday, July 28, 2:30-5:00 in Williston! See details below.
Children are being separated from their families at the border and imprisoned in concentration camps. ICE raids are increasing in frequency and severity, instilling fear and terror into immigrant communities. People are dying at the border as they flee for their safety. Valued members of our local community are being rounded up as they shop for groceries and send hard-earned money to their families. We refuse to wait and see — we know from history what happens next.
On Sunday, July 28, we will gather at 2:30 at the Williston branch of Vermont Technical College — a recipient of ICE contract funds — at the intersection of Helena Drive and Essex Road in Williston. At 3PM we will begin our march to the ICE Data Center (a.k.a. the Law Enforcement Support Center or LESC) at 188 Harvest Lane, Williston. For those who would like to join but are unable to march, please meet us at our destination point. We plan to arrive at 188 Harvest Lane between 3:45 and 4PM. The ICE Data Center has been quietly operating in VT for years and is the national nerve center that aids much of ICE’s work, providing data about people’s immigration status to federal agents and local cops, which can lead to arrests.This center operates 24/7 and employees approximately 400 workers.
Community Voices for Immigrant Rights, July 28th Protest Demands:
The Trump administration and its predecessors have created a humanitarian crisis for immigrants and refugees in our country. Their economic and political policies have devastated Latin America and other parts of the world, driving millions of people to find sanctuary in the US. Once here, they have been met with super-exploitation as cheap criminalized labor, racist and xenophobic discrimination, threats of detention and deportation, and now under Trump, incarceration in concentration camps throughout the country.
Amidst this crisis, we demand that Vermont’s congressional delegation, as well as our local and state-wide elected representatives, advocate that the federal and state government:
- Close the concentration camps now, end family separation and the incarceration of children; cease discrimination against queer and trans migrants; free all the detainees; provide funds for their settlement and family reunification; and free Vermont’s own Ismael Mendez-Lopez, Mario Diaz-Aguilar, and Ubertoni Aguilar-Montero and stop their deportation.
- End Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, detentions, and deportations and vote to defund ICE, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), and the concentration camps.
- End collaboration and joint training between the Vermont state and local police with federal deportation officials and agencies, close all loopholes in the Fair and Impartial Policing Policy, and follow the example of Winooski to implement the comprehensive version of this policy throughout the state.
- Stop the racial profiling of Black and Brown people and conduct public hearings on the implementation of the Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel.
Co-sponsors to date include:
- Beth Jacob Synagogue Social Justice Committee
- Black Lives Matter Greater Burlington
- Brattleboro Area Not In Our Name
- Burlington Education Association
- Central Vermont Refugee Action Network
- Central Vermont Showing Up For Racial Justice
- Champlain Valley Democratic Socialists of America
- Congregation Ruach haMaqom
- Essex Resists
- Extinction Rebellion Burlington
- Extinction Rebellion Southern Vermont
- Green Mountain Labor Council
- Green Mountain Self Advocates
- Howard Center Workers’ Union, AFSCME Local 1674
- Immigration Justice Team of First UU Society of Burlington, VT
- Indivisible Calais
- Indivisible Mad River Valley
- Justice for All
- Kunsi Keya Tomakoce
- LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont
- Middlebury RAISINS (Radical Asians)
- Middlebury Sunday Night Environmental Group
- Migrant Justice
- Mutual Aid and Defense NEK (MAD-NEK)
- National Association of Social Workers, VT Chapter
- Ohavi Zedek Synagogue
- Onion River Indivisible
- Peace & Justice Center
- People for Peace and Security
- Pride Center
- Queer Connect, Inc
- Raíces Resistentes
- Revolutionary Potluck Society
- Rights and Democracy
- Rise! Upper Valley
- Showing Up for Racial Justice Burlington
- Showing Up for Racial Justice Middlebury
- Stand Up
- Students for Justice in Palestine
- Sunday Night Environmental Group
- Sunrise Middlebury
- Sunrise Movement Burlington
- Sunrise Vermont
- The Brass Balagan
- The Root Social Justice Center
- Ruach HaMaqom
- United Academics
- United Community Church St Johnsbury
- United Valley Interfaith Project
- Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools
- Vermonters for Justice in Palestine
- Vermont Interfaith Action
- Vermont Legal Aid
- Vermont National Lawyers Guild
- Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
- Vermont Workers’ Center
- Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance
- Voices for Vermont’s Children
- Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series
- Women’s March Vermont
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