Please support Brendan and the Ride for Human Rights!
Dear friends and family,
I hope y'all are enjoying the summer! I wanted to take a moment to catch you up on my life and also ask for your support.
For 5 years now I have been working hard with my farmworker friends and neighbors so that all our Vermont communities' dignity and human rights are respected.
As you may know I started this journey teaching English Classes 5 years ago where I heard from my farmworker friends about many of the hardships they face just trying to meet their basic needs like buying their own food, accessing health care, or just being able to move about freely in Vermont. After a couple years of working as an ESL teacher one of my students' family members was killed on a VT dairy farm when his clothing got caught in a machine that pulled him in and strangled him to death. His death, and a documentary film I helped make, shed light on the every day hardships and dangers that those who work in agriculture face and inspired us to build a new organization--Migrant Justice!
Since, we've taken huge steps and are now drawing national attention for our successful farmworker led grassroots organizing in defense of human rights.
Now, I am asking for your support for me and human rights!
On August 5, I will be biking 30 miles from Burlington to Charlotte and back with Migrant Justice members to demonstrate our support for farmers who have been good allies of migrant workers, and to draw attention to farmers who have withheld thousands of dollars in wages from workers. I am asking for your support in this first-ever Migrant Justice Ride for Human Rights, so that more people can continue to participate in this inspiring and expanding movement.
I have set a personal fundraising goal of $3,000. Please donate $100 or $50 or whatever you can to support our Ride for Human Rights and Migrant Justice's groundbreaking work to build a truly fair food system that respects the human rights of all. We are still in the first years of something that is already beginning to define the next generation of farmworker and human rights organizing in the United States. For me personally, this is an opportunity to give back something to the community of friends at Migrant Justice that has given so much to me.
You can donate right here:
Also, please consider signing up to participate in the bike ride with me, and help raise money for Migrant Justice and the Vermont Workers Center and the movement for Human Rights at home!
Thanks for your support!
For more information on Migrant Justice: www.migrantjustice.net