Jane Campbell, VBSR Executive Director, sent this message out today.
VBSR Members and Friends, Earlier this afternoon VBSR, Vermont Business Roundtable, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce issued a joint statement to media, our members, and the public.
Please find the complete statement below, and as always, please feel free to reach out with questions and comments. Thank you for your continued support of VBSR.
Vermont- Vermont business associations representing small, medium and large, businesses and their employees across Vermont find the recent Executive Order signed by President Trump to be contrary to the economic and humanitarian values that have defined our state and our country since its inception. The statement is issued jointly by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC), the Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR), the Vermont Chamber of Commerce (VCC) and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR).
As a state whose history is steeped in the legacy of those fleeing religious and political oppression, and as a state whose history is woven throughout the American Revolution’s fight for personal liberty and freedom, our Associations reject the underlying assumption that one’s race, religion or culture should create an automatic bar to entry into our country.
We believe that diversity makes us stronger, economically, socially and politically. We are disturbed by the reality that those who may be viewed as ‘different’ could be singled out for harassment, violence and rejection. As a business community, we want it known that we embrace all those who desire to work together in promoting the common good.
We respectfully request that the President rescind his Executive Order and work to find more effective ways to protect our country, our values and way of life that many have died defending.