May Day | Politics | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

May Day 

Local Matters

More than a million people nationwide took to the streets on Monday, May 1, to protest federal legislation that would crack down on illegal immigration. A march through downtown Burlington to the University of Vermont drew more than 200 demonstrators holding signs that read, "We are all immigrants" and "No human being is illegal."

The marchers massed at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School on North Street -- across the street from immigrant-owned African and Thai markets -- to hear speeches from organizers and Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss.

Hugo Martinez Cazon, who came to the U.S. from Argentina, said he joined the march to draw attention to the plight of immigrants in Vermont. He noted that there are an estimated 2000 illegal immigrants employed on Vermont dairy farms. Given what dairy farms mean to Vermonters, "That's a huge contribution," he said. "That landscape tourists come to see is produced by immigrant work. If we work, we should be treated with equality and dignity."

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

More By This Author

About The Author

Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Bio:
Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became... more

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Politics

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2021 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Advertising Policy  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation