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National Guard troops from the border until the federal policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded.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?

  • Tami Calliope
    signed 2018-06-21 13:37:54 -0400
    Thank you so much, Governor Scott, for siding with families, no matter who they are, for siding with children and their parents. Now I will ask you, as a Montpelier constituent, to go even further and speak out strongly against the continued incarceration of families fleeing death and war or poverty and starvation, looking for a better life for their little children. Thank you.
  • Jae Vick
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-21 12:49:35 -0400
    Sign the petition: Urge Gov. Phil Scott: Keep Families Together
  • Jae Vick
    signed 2018-06-21 12:48:59 -0400
  • Marianne Hunkin
    signed 2018-06-21 12:34:17 -0400
  • Barbara Fitzpatrick
    signed 2018-06-21 12:17:32 -0400
  • Erik Brotz
    signed 2018-06-21 12:07:21 -0400
    Erik Brotz
  • Lianna Tedesco
    signed 2018-06-21 11:39:49 -0400
  • Nicole Twohig
    signed 2018-06-21 11:38:55 -0400
  • Rachel Siegel
    signed 2018-06-21 11:10:11 -0400
  • John Lamperti
    signed 2018-06-21 11:00:56 -0400
  • Sara Campbell
    signed 2018-06-21 10:49:02 -0400
    Lets go even further and offer them places to stay in Vermont until hearings are held. We can invite those fleeing from fear and hatred into our communities, our lives and towns. Lets be part of the solution Vermont.
  • Marshall Brooks
    signed 2018-06-21 10:42:27 -0400
    Marshall Brooks
  • Paula Kohl
    signed 2018-06-21 10:29:31 -0400
  • Kara Hamilton
    signed 2018-06-21 10:25:33 -0400
    Please use your platform as a major figure within the Republican party. Use your platform and power for justice and human rights.
  • Earl Mongeon
    signed 2018-06-21 10:18:07 -0400
    Earl Mongeon
  • Brian Clifford
    signed 2018-06-21 10:13:54 -0400
  • Morgan Nichols
    signed 2018-06-21 09:30:36 -0400
    Morgan Nichols
  • Judy Clark
    signed 2018-06-21 09:30:17 -0400
    Judy Clark
  • Monika Ivancic
    signed 2018-06-21 09:09:23 -0400
  • Diane T Gottlieb
    signed 2018-06-21 08:59:23 -0400
  • Maggie Neale
    signed 2018-06-21 08:42:27 -0400
    We must honor our human race.
  • Erin Buckwalter
    signed 2018-06-21 08:41:39 -0400
  • Sylvia Knight
    signed 2018-06-21 08:36:34 -0400
  • Joel Trupin
    signed 2018-06-21 08:34:27 -0400
    Our President is a madman
  • Glenn Reed
    signed 2018-06-21 08:34:24 -0400
  • Emma Bauer
    signed 2018-06-21 08:25:35 -0400
  • Rebecca Trono
    signed 2018-06-21 08:16:37 -0400
    Rebecca Trono
  • Martha Tack
    signed 2018-06-21 08:12:01 -0400
  • Sarah McNally
    signed 2018-06-21 07:50:45 -0400
  • Rosemary Scavotto
    signed 2018-06-21 07:37:33 -0400


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