LETTERS: 9.21.17

Canceling DACA is Un-American and Cruel

Editor:

The LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the decision by the Trump administration to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was started to allow youths who have largely been raised in the U.S.  and who have no criminal records to receive a two year, renewable, period of protection from deportation. DACA was seen as a way of removing attention from these kids to allow immigration enforcement to focus on dangerous individuals.

While this racist and anti-immigrant move is unsurprising, the fact that the announcement came while Houston and other areas of Texas are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey only emphasizes the administration’s lack of caring, insight and wisdom.

While cancelling the program will directly affect around 800,000 young people, the reverberations will be felt across the nation, including in the LGBTQIA community. Trump’s move will affect approximately 75,000 LGBTQIA individuals who qualify for the program, including the 36,000 currently participating in DACA, according to the public policy research group The Williams Institute.

Assuming that the Trump administration continues its policy of targeting immigrants with strong work records, existing family ties and long-term residency, it is unclear what future these young people face.

This move is un-American, racist and cruel and the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont deplores the decision and calls on congress to immediately renew and strengthen the program.

Vermont LGBTQIA Alliance

 

WGDR/WGDH Fall Pledge Drive

(Editor’s Note: The Bridge appreciates its close working relationship with Goddard College Community Radio. We are therefore happy to publish below a letter from WGDR’s Director Kris Gruen announcing the station’s upcoming (9/25 to 10/2) pledge drive.)

Editor:

Merry Gangemi, one of WGDR/WGDH’s beloved community programmers, hosting her program, “Woman Stirred Radio.”

WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio, is made up of its many listeners, producers, volunteers, underwriters and partners. This station gives voice to an under-represented set of societal values that have become increasingly threatened by the fragmenting effects of digital connection. This small but mighty station is now one of the most rare and precious of resources in a media landscape overrun by corporatized, mainstream propaganda and sensationalism. The preservation of this community station and those of our partners like the one publishing this letter here) is a responsible action we share here in Central Vermont, but also one we’ve begun to share with the world.

WGDR’s fall pledge drive runs Monday, Sept. 25 through Monday, Oct. 2. Our goal this season is $17,500. With this, as with all of our campaigns, we need to show our major funders that you — our listener — need WGDR as a necessary part of your community life. We can’t do this without you.

As with all of our station pledge drives, be sure to listen every day for special programming. During this pledge drive, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of our live studio audience, as we host the local story telling favorite, Extempo, in the WGDR Pratt Interactive Theater, Monday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 pm. Be sure to visit our website for more exciting pledge drive information, and for details on thank-you gifts from all of our wonderful partnering business donors.

Thank you for supporting independent, socially just radio. Here’s to its endurance in Central Vermont.

Kris Gruen, Director, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio

 

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