VT New Channel 5 | August 18, 2011
VT Migrant Workers Decry Immigration Crack Down: Gov. Shumlin Asked to Intervene
Natalia and Danilo from VTMFSP joined Sarah, Meghan, Mecedes and Denise of the Vermont Workers Center to attend the Allied Media Conference (AMC)in Detroit last month.
In this interview New York dairy farmer and independent journalist John Bunting walks us through the history of the ideas, institutions and polices that have systematically destroyed family dairy farms in Vermont. John's holistic and historical analysis demonstrate how policies promoting industrial large scale agriculture, free trade, and economic globalization have marginalized the family farmer and enriched and empowered corporations like Dean Foods enabling them to control 80% of the Northeast Dairy market. His insights map out what led to the current dairy crisis and how we might get out of it for the sake of family farmers, farm workers, and consumers. For more from John: http://johnbuntingsjournal.blogspot.com/ and http://www.themilkweed.com/index.htm
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Produced and Directed by Gustavo Terán, Brendan O’Neill and Sam Mayfield for the VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project
On January 9, 2010 the VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project led a delegation to Chiapas, Mexico to return the body of migrant farmworker José Obeth Santis Cruz who was killed in a VT farming accident. We spent the first week with Obeth's family and community and the second week seeking to understand why so many people are migrating from Chiapas to Vermont. This 3 part interview with Abraham Rivera from the Center for Economic and Political Investigation and Community Action (www.ciepac.org) sheds light on the root causes of migration. Click on 'Read More' for parts 2 and 3.