The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) Bennington office will host a program exploring the experiences of people new to the United States, explaining how the community can play a role in welcoming New Vermonters, and helping to clarify the legal differences between migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.
ECDC – Bennington Office is a collaborating organization in the Library’s Vermont Reads 2022 programming. Copies of The Most Costly Journey are available free at Bennington Free Library, provided by Vermont Humanities.
A Vermont Reads 2022 choice, The Most Costly Journey (El viaje más caro), tells the stories of 19 of these workers in their own words. Illustrated by New England cartoonists in a variety of styles, each short chapter describes aspects of life as an immigrant farm worker in Vermont: crossing the southern border, struggling with English, adapting to winter, growing gardens, raising children, dealing with health crises, and working long hours.
Learn more about Vermont Reads and the creation of The Most Costly Journey here.