- Migrant Justice's Silenced Voices Documentary Film
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Media: Milk with Dignity Campaign in the news
Manual de conducir en español http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/2014%20Manualconducirespan...
Boletin especial sobre como sacar tu licencia o ID https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0cNIvGgf2wyYVlEci1XWmVzQmM/edit?usp=sh...
Pasos para sacar licencia de conducir o I.D https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RSoQmDy5MYyGl1fEL-RnrzfmuX8fcJ6_b5T_...
Preguntas Frequentes en Español sobre la licencia/ID de Vermont: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M5AEUIhFILsbBSUR4q1c2OfXB715OMB7h9Dt...
TELEAYUDA para los derechos del trabajador/VT Workers' Rights Hotline in Spanish http://migrantjustice.net/node/30#er
¿Que hacer si es arrestado? http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/to_do_if_arrested_sp_2007-...
Boletines de Justicia Migrante: "Nadando Contra La Corriente" http://www.migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Boletin_PDFF.pdf http://www.migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Boletin-segundo-numero... http://www.migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/boletinthree.pdf
2014 Transportation Guidelines for Volunteer Drivers in the Solidarity Transportation Network: http://goo.gl/Ym9zhn
Frequently Asked Questions by Allies about Why get a Driver's Privilege Card/ID https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d4j54LsvOzBdiM8NktPt8e4rkibKcHpVpEX5...
Frequently Asked Questions (from legislative campaign 2013)
Access to Drivers Licenses in Vermont http://www.migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/FAQdl4-22.pdf
Strengthening Bias-Free-Policing, 2014: http://goo.gl/fqAvXM
Action Pack for Bias-Free Policing in VT: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/ActionPackforBiasFreeVT.pdf
The following documents are meant to accompany the "Action Pack for Anti-Bias Policing in VT":
Middlebury Bias-Free Policy: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Middlebury.pdf
Burlington Bias-Free Policy http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/BurlingtonBiasFreePolicy.pdf
Burlington City Council Resolution to Boycott Arizona for SB1070 http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/BurlingtonAZResolution.pdf
VT State Police Bias Free Procedures: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/VTStatePoliceBiasFreeProce...
Deportación 101. What to do if your family is being deported En Español: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/DeportationEspanol2011.pdf English: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Deportation101English2010.pdf
The Mexican Consulate in Boston: http://portal.sre.gob.mx/boston/
Addison County Farmworker Coalition http://www.addisoncoalition.org http://addisoncoalition.org/Addison_Coalition/Links.html Central VT Farmworker Coalition CV-FWC@googlegroups.com
Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates http://www.vtimmigrationandasylum.org/
New Neighbors Project at VT Center for Crime Victim Services http://newneighborsvt.blogspot.com/
VT Human Rights Commission http://hrc.vermont.gov/
South Royalton Legal Clinic/VT Law School http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Academics/Clinics_and_Experiential_Programs/So...
VT Workers' Center (Workers' Rights Hotline) http://www.workerscenter.org/hotline/
VT Migrant Education Program http://www.uvm.edu/extension/family/?Page=migrant.html http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_migrant.html
The Open Door Clinic http://www.opendoormidd.org/
NOTCH Health Clinics http://www.richfordhealth.com/
List of Vermont Health Clinics http://www.bistatepca.org/vthc_listing.htm
Reports on VT Migrant Farm Worker Health www.healthvermont.gov/rural/documents/MigrantWorkerReport.pdf
Myths and Realities about Vermont Farmworkers http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/mythsandrealities.pdf
List of VT News Papers for Letters to the Editor http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/VTLetterstoEditor.pdf
Below are some suggestions of a variety of resources that support teachers to engage students about the inter-related topics of immigration, migrant farm workers, Vermont food systems, and globalization into classrooms.
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2-page Migrant Justice Handout for Educators w/ resources, links and lesson plan suggestions: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/ResourcesModified2012.pdf
1) VT Dairy, Migrant Farmworkers, and the global food system:
Study Guide to Accompany our documentary film Silenced Voices to help educators organize discussions and lessons after showing the film: http://www.vtmigrantfarmworkersolidarity.org/sites/default/files/Silence...
VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project’s Video and Audio: http://www.vtmigrantfarmworkersolidarity.org/taxonomy/term/1
The VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project is helping to support a group of workers to produce a newsletter in Spanish. The newsletter 'Nadando Contra La Corriente' (Swimming Against the Current) provides real life local stories of interest that can be used in Spanish classes: http://migrantjustice.net/node/30#ed
Return to Sender is a novel by Vermont author Julia Alvarez that tells the story of how a Mexican migrant familes' struggle to make ends meet lands them on a Vermont dairy farm also struggling to make ends meet. This is a great book for middle school classes and is available in English and Spanish (good for high school and university students).
There is also a study guide to help teachers plan lessons below. Check out the blog of Lincoln Community School teacher Alice Leeds who read the book and created a play about it:
The Golden Cage audio interviews and photos documenting the life of migrant farmworkers and dairy farmers in VT: http://goldencageproject.org/
Under the Cloak of Darkness is an on-line documentary film that documents the life of Vermont’s migrant farmworkers and dairy farmers. http://bjornjackson.com/
Warning: Border Under Construction is a VT made documentary that explores the reorganization and regulation of life on the VT/Canada border and its repercussions for ordinary people. http://www.borderunderconstruction.com/index.htm
Milking It! Small Farmers and International Trade is an educational resource by Oxfam that compares the lives of two dairy farmers in very different countries. How are they affected by international trade rules? Who makes these rules, and what can we do to change them? http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/milking_it/milkingit/
While Vermont has roughly 1200-1500 migrant dairy workers, Wisconsin has over 5,000 migrant dairy farm workers. Though the contexts are different there are also many similarities. These links provide more information about Wisconsin's migrant dairy workers: http://www.pats.wisc.edu/projects/2
This award winning audio documentary series from David Somerstein from North Country Public Radio documents a trip a group of Northern New York Dairy Farmers made to Mexico to better understand where their employees were migrating from. http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/farmtofarm.php
The Dark Side of Dairies: Every day, agricultural workers risk their lives to produce America's milk http://www.utne.com/Politics/The-Dark-Side-of-Dairies.aspx
This 2003 Report by UCONN Food Marketing Policy Center Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics University of Connecticut is a great detailed look at the corporate control of dairy industry and its impacts on farmers: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/MilkMarketMonopolization.pdf
A 2016 article in the New Labor Forum on the Dairy Industry's national switch to immigrant workers, its effects, and how workers are organizing for their rights: Milking Workers
2) The history of VT Agriculture:
Filmed in Orange County, Vermont, featuring Kenneth and Helen O’Donnell and their draft horses, Last Stand Farmer is a documentary record, filmed through four seasons, of the life and philosophy of an elderly hill farmer and his struggle to keep his 19th century farm operation going. Soon after he viewed the finished film, Kenneth O’Donnell died; his widow sold the farm and moved away the following spring. http://richardbrick.com/for-sale/
Without a Farmhouse Near by Deborah Rawson is a great book to help understand the struggles of maintaining family dairy farms in Vermont. Although the book was published in the 1989 it foreshadows why so many Vermont dairy farmers came to rely on migrant labor just 10 years after the book was written. http://www.drml.org/deborah.htm
Never Done: Farm Life in Vermont looks back at VT agriculture through oral history stories with VT farmers. http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/shop/audio.html
Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape examines the history—natural, environmental, social, and ultimately human—of one of America's most cherished landscapes: Vermont. It explores the history of dairy farming, which provides helpful context to explore the forces that led Vermont farmers to come to rely on migrant labor: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=3809
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon traces how broader political and economic changes since the arrival of the colonists have massively transformed the human-environment relationship in New England and produced entirely new landscapes that reflect these broader changes. The book provides an excellent historical back drop to explore the recent inter-relationships between migrant farm workers from Mexico and struggling Vermont dairy farms in Vermont. http://www.williamcronon.net/books.htm
VT Feed and the Farm to School Initiative have some great ready to go lessons for teachers on Vermont agriculture, farming, and food systems: http://www.vtfeed.org/tools
3) Globalization and Migration: Teaching for Equity and Justice:
Rethinking Schools has a variety of excellent resources to help educators organize units around migration and globalization such as:
BRIDGE: Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy. A Popular Education Resource for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizers http://www.nnirr.org/~nnirrorg/drupal/node/54
UPROOTED: Refugees of the Global Economy is a compelling documentary about how the global economy has forced people to leave their home countries. http://www.nnirr.org/get/get_video.html
The Roots of Migration is an on-line documentary film that explores the important question: why do so many people migrate to the United States from Mexico and what are the impacts on communities in Mexico? http://www.witnessforpeace.org/article.php?id=758
4) Farmworker and Immigrant Justice:
The Student Farm Worker Alliance has an impressive list of articles and books to choose from: http://www.sfalliance.org/bibliography.html
These short on-line PBS NOW Videos document the Coalition of Immokalee Workers from Florida who have waged impressive and successful struggles against modern day slavery in US agriculture and their multi-faceted campaigns have successfully challenged food giants Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King.
This video covers the May 2007 Nation Wide Marches for Immigrant Rights: http://www.democracynow.org/2007/5/2/may_day_2007_hundreds_of_thousands
Here is a link to dozens of video and audio clips from the United Farmworkers: http://www.ufw.org/_board.php?mode=list&b_code=res_multi
5) Immigration Policy and Enforcement:
Up to date information about Immigration Policy and Enforcement: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/
An interview available in video or audio from Democracy Now about the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. We suggest searching on democracy now for additional resources/interviews to keep current. http://www.democracynow.org/2010/8/19/obama_signs_600m_bill_to_increas
Injustice for All: The Rise of the Immigration Control Regime is the executive summary of National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Right's 2009-2010 HURRICANE human rights report documenting U.S. human rights violations committed against immigrant families, workers and communities.
Excluded and Exploited: The New Regime of Trade, Managed Migration and Repression is a new in depth report about the relationships between economic globalization and migration: http://www.nnirr.org/resources/index.php?language=1 2009 Amnesty International Report on US Detention System http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/25/jailed_without_justice_new_report_on
6) Good readings, literature and creative writing on immigration, farm workers, borders and border crossings:
Luis Alberto Urrea's books including Across the Wire and the Devil's Highway are highly recommended reading for teachers looking to creatively engage the border and immigration issues: http://www.luisurrea.com/books
Ruben Martinez's Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant trail is a must read for those looking at the complexities of migration, identity, and transnational communities http://www.uh.edu/cwp/faculty/martinez.htm
Author Wendy call has some great suggestions for further reading here: www.wendycall.com/teaching/BorderCrossingResources2008.pdf
Matt Noyes is a long-time popular educator and movement educator who has some great resources for ESL teachers who are interested in working with students to engage real life problems and struggles that are on his website and blog: http://www.re.rollingearth.org/?q=content/participatory-techniques-democ... http://efa.rollingearth.org/
Nina Wallerstein and Elsa Auerbach have published several books and resources, working together and separately, that are great tools for ESL teachers trying interested in popular education: http://www.amazon.com/Language-Culture-Conflict-Problem-Posing-Classroom...
Wallerstein and Auerbach inspired working draft of a booklet adapted and designed with VT context in mind for ESL teachers working on dairy farms with migrant farm workers wanting to utilize Problem-Posing ESL Popular Education techniques: http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Problem-PosingESLdraftcopy...
Though, this isn't specifically designed for ELL educators this text has some great and easy to adapt popular education activities and does a great job introducing popular education in an accessible way: http://www.amazon.com/Educating-Change-Rick-Arnold/dp/0921284489
This is a list of some national and local organizations working everyday for the human rights, dignity and justice for farmworkers and immigrants.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers http://www.ciw-online.org/
Food Chain Workers Alliance http://foodchainworkers.org/
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights http://www.nnirr.org/
National Day Laborer Organizing Network http://www.ndlon.org/
Southwest Workers' Union http://www.swunion.org/
Border Agricultural Workers Project/Sin Fronteras Organizing Project http://www.farmworkers.org/bawppage.html
Border Network for Human Rights// Red Fronteriza de Derechos Humanos http://www.bnhr.org/
Humane Borders http://www.humaneborders.org
Coalicion de Derechos Humanos http://www.derechoshumanosaz.net
Immigrant Youth Justice http://www.iyjl.org
Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research & Action (TIGRA) http://www.transnationalaction.org/
New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/
Florida Immigration Coalition http://www.floridaimmigrant.org/
Somos Un Pueblo Unido http://somosunpueblounido.org/mainpage.php
Student/Farmworker Alliance http://www.sfalliance.org/
United Farm Workers http://www.ufw.org/
Farm Worker Labor Organizing Committee http://supportfloc.org/default.aspx
National Farm Worker Ministry www.nfwm.org
US Human Rights Network http://www.ushrnetwork.org/
Grassroots Global Justice http://www.ggjalliance.org/
Jobs with Justice http://www.jwj.org/
Via Campesina http://viacampesina.org/en/
Detention Watch Network http://detentionwatchnetwork.org/DND_main
National Immigration Project http://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/
National Immigration Law Center http://www.nilc.org/
National Immigrant Justice Center http://www.immigrantjustice.org/ I
Migrant Defense Project http://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/
Rights Working Group http://www.rightsworkinggroup.org/
DC Jobs With Justice http://www.dcjwj.org/
Domestic Workers United http://www.domesticworkersunited.org/
Campaign for Labor Rights http://www.clrlabor.org/
Student Action with Farmworkers http://www.saf-unite.org/
These organizations see the need to bring together family farming, food justice and farmworker rights organizations to rebuild our food systems!
Family Farm Defenders http://www.familyfarmdefenders.org/pmwiki.php/FarmWorkersRights/FarmWork...
Via Campesina http://viacampesina.org/en/
Rural Vermont http://www.ruralvermont.org/
Many immigrants in Vermont and throughout the US are displaced family farmers from other countries who have suffered greatly from the advancement of the globalization of corporate agriculture, which promotes unequal competition between huge subsidized corporate agribusiness with small farmers. Since the 1994 passage of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Mexico lost over 2 million farming jobs and the number of Mexicans migrating to the U.S. each year has more than doubled. Subsidies, price supports, and various programs supporting small farmers were eliminated due to NAFTA.
Root Causes of Migration by the VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project is a 3 part interview with CIEPAC's (The Center for Political Investigation and Education in Chiapas, Mexico) Abraham Rivera about the forces that drive people to migrate from Chiapas and the challenges and possibilities to create alternatives to mass migration: http://www.vtmigrantfarmworkersolidarity.org/node/65
The Roots of Migration is a documentary film that explores the important question: why do so many people migrate to the United States from Mexico and what are the impacts on communities in Mexico? http://www.witnessforpeace.org/article.php?id=758 SW
Border Farmworkers http://www.farmworkers.org/bawppage.html
National Family Farm Coalition http://www.nffc.net/
Via Campesina http://viacampesina.org/en/
Family Farm Defenders http://www.familyfarmdefenders.org
Alliance for Responsible Trade (ART) http://www.art-us.org/
Public Citizen http://www.citizen.org/trade/
Quixote Center http://quixote.org/
Hemispheric Social Alliance/Alianza Social Continental http://www.web.net/comfront/cfhems.htm
Food First http://www.foodfirst.org/
Global Exchange http://www.globalexchange.org/countries/americas/mexico/
The VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project met with these organizations on our January 2010 delegation to Mexico:
Otros Mundos Chiapas http://www.otrosmundoschiapas.org/index.php