OPEN DOOR CLINIC RN Martha Redpath administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a worker at a Salisbury farm in late March as part of the clinic’s push to vaccinate as many farmworkers as they can. Photo courtesy of Open Door Clinic
MIDDLEBURY — Most people see the COVID-19 vaccine as a ticket to freedom, travel and reconnecting with friends and loved ones after 14 months of pandemic-forced seclusion. Consequently, the vaccine tends to be its own best advertisement. For the most part, “if you offer it, they will come.” But not always. There are hundreds of arms to jab at farms throughout Addison County. Yet those farmworkers’ busy schedules, a lack of transportation, and a reluctance by some migrant laborers to step outside the shadows all adds up to a challenging demographic to immunize from the coronavirus. Until...

SCORES OF PEOPLE GATHERED at the Hannaford supermarket in Middlebury on Nov. 2 as part of a statewide and nationwide action at some of the nation’s largest supermarkets. The goal is to get grocers like Hannaford to pay competitive prices for wholesale milk that supports migrant farmworkers that help produce it. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY / BRANDON — Activists gathered at the Hannaford grocery stores around the region, including around 20 in Brandon and many more in Middlebury — on Saturday, Nov. 2 to campaign for farm workers’ human rights. The event was organized by Migrant Justice and the Milk with Dignity campaign. There were at least 15 others throughout the state that day, all at Hannaford’s grocery stores. Migrant Justice initiated what they called a “national day of action” at Hannaford stores because Hannaford has so far not joined their Milk with Dignity program, which promotes farm workers’ rights. With...
BRIDPORT — An activist group alleges that a group of people recently surrounded farmworkers’ homes in Bridport, shouting insults and firing guns. The group Migrant Justice has called on police to investigate, which they are doing. Following publication of the incidents on social media, Vermont State Police announced Tuesday that troopers have been investigating multiple incidents and vandalism on farms and at nearby residences near Bridport over the past three weeks. VSP Lt. Jeff Danoski, commander of the New Haven state police barracks, confirmed on Wednesday police are interviewing three...

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