People's Convention success & victory in the movement to #FreeVictor!

Group photo from People's ConventionThis Saturday and Sunday, over 400 people gathered at Montpelier High School for the Vermont People’s Convention & Just Transition Assembly, discussing how to build a movement for people and the planet with the power to change what’s politically possible in Vermont. 

It was a packed weekend, with activities ranging from screenprinting, to strategizing, to socializing over excellent food thanks to WoodBelly Pizza and the People’s Kitchen. Some highlights included an energizing opening on the history of the “Just Transition” framework, a people of color caucus, discussions between frontline state service providers and people receiving services, and weekend-long activities for young people and children. (Huge shout-out to the childcare providers!)

Click here to view photos from the People’s Convention, and click here for a short video!

On Sunday, May 1st, we held a May Day rally and march calling for the release of Victor Diaz, a dairy farmworker and Migrant Justice leader who’s been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since April 21st, when he was arrested by plainclothes agents at a Mexican cultural event in Stowe.

Thanks to our collective efforts, and the 2000+ people who signed a petition calling on ICE to halt Victor’s deportation, this afternoon Migrant Justice announced that Victor will be released on bail and returned to Vermont!

While this is a huge step forward, we still need your support in pressuring ICE to drop its deportation case against Victor.  Can you click here to sign the petition today?