Friday, June 28, 2013

Vermonters Rally Outside Boston Detention-Deportation Center

Still sore from a long bus ride, here are the photos from a journey to the ICE regional detention facility in Burlington, MA.

Stay tuned for the accompanying Vermont Commons article.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lots of photos from this week!!!

Here's a whole handful of photos from this week's adventures in the field (click to enlarge).  The photos are images from (respectively): Vermont Workers' Center Listening Session, Rising Tide Vermont's "Rubber Stamp" action at the Vermont Public Service Board, and a Migrant Justice event to stop the deportation of Danilo Lopez.


Portrait of Vermont Human Rights Hero, Danilo Lopez

Those of you who religiously follow my work (haha) will no doubt remember a series of photographs from a couple years ago regarding two undocumented workers who were unlawfully arrested and detained.

Though that particular incident managed to resolve itself (and be transformed into a major human rights victory for Vermont's migrant worker population), one individual at the center of that controversy remains in jeopardy of deportation. Named a "Human Rights Hero" by the Vermont Workers' Center, Danilo Lopez has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and human rights across the Green Mountain State. Working with his organization Migrant Justice, Danilo has helped migrant workers achieve safer work conditions, fair labor practices, housing, access to healthcare, and (most recently) the ability to attain critical Driver's Licenses in the Green Mountain State.

However, Danilo is scheduled to be deported on July 5th. Follow this link to a petition and join thousands from across the nation (including Vermont's congressional delegation) to call on ICE to halt deportation proceedings immediately.


Danilo Lopez
Human Rights Hero

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Best Local Web/Print Journalist?

Hey Everyone!

It's time for the annual 7 Days "Daisy Awards" and I want to invite all of you to type in your vote for "Dylan Kelley, Vermont Commons" (Question #59) as the best local print/web journalist!

It's super simple and fun to go through all the local categories, but by voting for me at Question 59 and showing your enthusiastic support for my work, you help ensure further top-quality photojournalism and writing on grassroots and community organizing from around Vermont and across the country!

If you felt inspired by the nationwide coverage of Occupy and the whole-hearted dedication to local climate justice, healthcare, and human rights coverage; then type in your vote for "Dylan Kelley, Vermont Commons" on Question 59 (best print/web journalist).

Follow this LINK to vote now!

Here's a brief look back at some of the stories I've covered these past year (click photos to launch slideshow mode).

March Against Monsanto (Montpelier)

Occupy Sandy (Far Rockaways, New York)

May Day 2013, (Montpelier)

Idle No More demonstration (Montpelier)

First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (New York City)

First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (New York City)

Occupiers March on the Republican National Convention (Tampa, FL)

Occupiers March on the Republican National Convention (Tampa, FL)

New England Governor's Conference (Burlington)

Occupy Oakland (Oakland, CA)

Occupy Our Homes (Minneapolis, MN)

NATO Conference (Chicago, IL)

NATO Conference (Chicago, IL)

NATO Conference (Chicago, IL)

Shut Down Vermont Yankee Rally (Brattleboro)

New Hampshire Presidential Primary

Occupy Congress (Washington D.C.)

Somali-Bantu Student Strike (Burlington)

May Day 2012 (Montpelier)

For more of Dylan's visit his Vermont Commons column and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter via @LivefromGround.

Don't forget to vote for Dylan to get the 7 Days "Daisy" Award for Best Local Print/Web Journalist (Question 59)!!!