Excerpt from report:
VT Farmworker leader Racially Profiled. Vermonters Mobilize with Rapid Response Prompting Governor to Intervene
September 13th was a long and painful day for the Vermont farmworker community and friends. Our dear friend and one of the community’s most courageous and outspoken leaders, Danilo Lopez, was racially profiled by State Police on I-89 just north of Middlesex during a routine traffic stop. Danilo and his co-worker Antonio spent the day incarcerated by State Police and later Border Patrol, and, after a long day of mobilizing, were eventually released to cheers, hugs and tears by two dozen friends and supporters at 8pm on Tuesday.
Danilo explains that around 8:30 am on Tuesday September 13, “Police stopped us. Though there was no reason to ask for my documented status they did and only for being a different color from our friend who was driving. We chose to remain silent…He called the Border Patrol quickly.” Ironically, just 3 weeks ago Danilo had visited the State House to talk with Governor Shumlin and the Department of Agriculture to seek the Governor’s support to stop Federal Programs like ‘Secure Communities’ that blur the lines between Police and Immigration Agents. He was looking forward to a longer meeting with the Governor scheduled for the end of the month, but now he is unsure if he can attend as he awaits a deportation hearing.