Thursday, June 17, 2010

Silenced Voices, Trailer
In January I went to Mexico with Brendan O'Neill and Gustavo of the Vt. Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project . We accompanied the body of Jose Obeth Santiz Cruz, a young migrant farmworker who was killed in a farming accident while working on a Vt. dairy farm. We went to accompany his remains and to interview family and community members about the causes, effects and experiences of migration.

Come see the the film
In Burlington, Vt. July 1, at the Black Box Theater, Main St. Landing on the Waterfront
Tuesday July 6th at 7pm, Montpelier Unitarian Universalist Church
Wednesday July 14th at 7pm, Hardwick Town Hall
Sunday July 25th at the Fairfield Community Center
Panel discussion will follow each film screening

Monday, June 14, 2010

Vermonters Say NO to SB1070

On a national day of action Burlingtonians came together to protest SB 1070, a racist law in Arizona that allows and encourages racial profiling. ; This act requires law enforcement officials to check the documentation of any and all persons who look suspicious and or look like immigrants.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Vermont Responds to Israel's Flotilla Massacre

The humanitarian aid ship, Mavi Marmara, set off toward Gaza from Cyprus on Sunday, May 30, to deliver much-needed aid supplies. The following day, the Israeli military violently seized the ship in international waters. The Israeli government said the ship was embarking on "an act of provocation" against the Israeli military, stating the flotilla would be breaking international law by landing in Gaza.

The aid ship, carrying more than 600 international passengers and thousands of pounds of humanitarian aid cargo, never had a chance to deliver crucial supplies to the people of Gaza.

After helicopter commandos descended on the ship, shooting at close range, killing nine people and injuring dozens more, they detained all passengers and put them under arrest, confiscating all cameras and footage taken of the assault by passengers, as well as money, personal property and passports. No photos or video footage from the passengers has been released. So far the only video and photos to be seen are those provided by the Israeli military. For a fair investigation of the assault, the military must release the photos and video taken by passengers.

In response to this assault, dozens of people gathered in Burlington, Vermont on May 31 to mourn the dead and to express their sadness and outrage over Israel’s blatant lack of respect for international law.

Two days later more than fifty citizens visited Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy’s office to insist that the US government not remain silent about the mishandling of innocent people in Gaza and the West Bank, humanitarian aid workers and human rights activists by the Israeli government anymore. Citizens stated that "The US is alone in our support for Israel" and demanded that the Senator not be complicit in Israels crimes against humanity any longer.
Citizens also demanded an end to military aid to Israel.

Senator Leahy is a leading member of the Appropriations Committee which authorizes funding for Israel amounting to more than $300 billon a year. Over $2 billion of that goes directly to aid the Israeli military.

The Leahy Amendment, introduced by the Senator as an amendment to the 1997 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, prohibits US security assistance to foreign military or security units “against whom exist credible allegations of gross violations of human rights.” Leahy should insist that his own amendment be applied to the Israeli military.

Remaining silent on this issue is no longer acceptable. If left unchallenged by the public and the US government – Israel's sole sponsor in the world – the military and political leaders of Israel will be emboldened to continue their aggression against aid workers and other civilians.

For more information please visit:
Vermonters For a Just Peace in Palestine and Israel:
Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: