Marcos Lopez "Danilo's Story"
On October 13, 2011, in conjunction with Juntos, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity invited Danilo Lopez and the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project (now Migrant Justice) to provide a campus wide discussion on bias free policing in the state of Vermont. The talk stemmed largely on Danilo’s recent experience being racially profiled by the Vermont State Trooper. State trooper held Danilo and turned him over to the U.S. Border Patrol. Danilo shared with students, faculty and community members his experiences, now that he is involved in deportation proceedings, and argued that his case is not an exception, but one of many cases involving the extension of immigration enforcement by local authorities.
70 to 100 people attended the event. The event has led to ongoing discussions at Middlebury College related to the policing of undocumented immigrants. The policy and advocacy section of Juntos recently submitted a successful proposal to MCAB and will host a three-day symposium in the fall devoted to immigration. This symposium will be used to teach and train interested students on the topic and bring in immigration scholars, a spoken word artist, legal advocates and a dream act activists.