Keep Families Together - Rights & Democracy VT

Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together

Governors from at least eight states (and of both political parties) have announced that they will withhold or recall National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded. 

Gov. Phil Scott - a latecomer to recognizing this inhumanity - issued a statement on June 20th that said, "Families should be kept together, and all people should be treated humanely and with dignity."

The Trump Administration's actions to use indefinite, inhumane detention of families seeking freedom and asylum as both a political bargaining chip and an immigration deterrent not only violates longstanding international law, but human decency. Regardless of political party, we must condemn these acts in the strongest of terms.

As our governor, Gov. Phil Scott we ask that you do all you can to ensure that Vermont is not party to these illegal and inhumane actions.

Read RAD member Kelly Mangan's personal story of why this issue is of importance to ALL families and what inspired her to launch this petition.

386 signatures

We call on Gov. Phil Scott to follow the lead of other governors, and:

Publicly condemn the practice of placing families seeking freedom and asylum in detention camps. The Trump Administration's decision to hold families indefinitely hostage as a political negotiating tool and an immigration deterrent is an abhorrent act, a violation of international human rights law, and runs contrary to our values as Vermonters;

Demand the Trump Administration undertake an immediate reunification of children and families separated by these egregious policies;

Publicly commit that Vermont will not send our National Guard to ANY US border to enforce human rights abuses against families and children; and,

Publicly commit that Vermont law enforcement agencies will NOT cooperate with ICE raids, surveillance, and other actions in our communities. 

We call on Gov. Scott to do this immediately, and to show the state and country that he is willing to oppose injustice and protect children and families, regardless of political affiliation.

Will you sign?

  • Bernie Lambek
    signed 2018-06-28 20:33:14 -0400
  • Kristen Vrancker
    signed 2018-06-28 20:26:26 -0400
  • Peggy Kent
    signed 2018-06-28 15:10:10 -0400
  • Julie Roughgarden
    signed via 2018-06-28 13:36:04 -0400
  • Lara Scott
    signed 2018-06-28 12:33:08 -0400
  • Susie Merrick
    signed 2018-06-28 08:29:36 -0400
  • Andrea Jackson
    signed 2018-06-28 07:38:41 -0400
  • Caitlin Gildrien
    signed 2018-06-27 18:56:56 -0400
  • Krista Boyce-Goulette
    signed 2018-06-27 16:48:38 -0400
  • Ken Bechtel
    signed 2018-06-27 15:06:34 -0400
    Do NOT participate in Trump’s version of concentration camps for toddlers and children!
  • Jane Knight
    signed 2018-06-27 13:43:14 -0400
    Jane Knight
  • Judith Schwartz
    signed 2018-06-27 12:17:01 -0400
    Judith D Schwartz
  • Charlotte Gerstein
    signed 2018-06-27 09:19:51 -0400
  • Patty B.
    signed 2018-06-27 05:41:18 -0400
  • Mary  V Tegel
    signed 2018-06-26 22:47:45 -0400
  • Virginia Walters
    signed 2018-06-26 22:01:22 -0400
  • Keren Turner
    signed 2018-06-26 20:40:14 -0400
  • Linda MacDonald
    signed 2018-06-26 20:26:56 -0400
  • Elaine Dove
    signed 2018-06-26 20:12:41 -0400
  • Gina Halpin Barrett
    signed 2018-06-26 19:48:33 -0400
  • Linda Maloney
    signed 2018-06-26 19:23:17 -0400
  • Barbara LeGrand-Bragg
    signed 2018-06-26 17:49:56 -0400
    Barbara LeGrand-Bragg
  • alison nappi
    signed 2018-06-26 17:36:03 -0400
  • Anne Cunningham
    signed 2018-06-26 16:43:54 -0400
    Anne Cunningham
  • Fallon Binns
    signed 2018-06-26 16:28:11 -0400
  • Susan Benoit
    signed 2018-06-26 15:58:02 -0400
  • Patricia Ward
    signed 2018-06-26 15:44:43 -0400
    Patricia Ward
  • Patrick Stanton
    signed 2018-06-26 12:43:48 -0400
  • Joanne Davidman
    signed via 2018-06-26 11:35:10 -0400
  • Wendy Scott
    signed 2018-06-26 10:10:32 -0400

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