Wed was our panel discussion on social and economic rights. Folks from the State department and Health and Human services were there, as well as many brothers and sisters from NGO organizations afiliated with USHR network. It was a great panel highlighting our individual efforts and the interconnectedness of all of the social and economic rights.
Yesterday was a great day- and a surprising one. in trying to lobby countries during a UPR, i thought it would rude to approach them during a session so I did what any good organizer would- decided to hand out side event flyers while they wre on their way in or out. Well....unbeknownst to me, you aren't supposed to hand out ANY flyers in or outside of the room and so after the guard approached me and took my badge, then guided me to security- asked me to wait (5 min or so) the woman who is the head of the NGOs security came out to explain my grievous error and was not happy.
Still getting used to blogs- and I accidentally just posted a blog as a comment, so I hope everyone can read comments?
Mar Gerisch here- and I am getting REALLY excited about going to Geneva tomorrow! I have finally finished packing (I think--or rather- I HOPE!) and am reviewing various resources from our own policy committee as well as from NESRI and the other Human Rights activists who are going!
My roommate is Deborah, from LA. She is involved in the Human right to Housing campaing and their organizations out there has had manyt successes!
Breaking News: Rep. Steve Maier, a Democrat from Middlebury who has served as chair of the House Healthcare Committee is resigning as a State Rep and not seeking re-election to pursue other job opportunities.
See story in Addison Independent:
The Health Care is a Human Right campaign took the "We're All in the Same Boat" float to the Barre Heritage Day Parade today and was greeted with cheers and thanks by the crowd for all we do. We gave out hundreds of buttons and led the crowd in chants of "What do we want?" "Health care as a Human Right" "When do we want it?" "NOW!" Pictures to follow.
The US Social Form report back event at the Workers' Center on Thursday night had a huge turnout of over 50 people....those who actually attended the USSF in Detroit, Michigan June 21-26, and those who were not able to travel to Detroit but wanted to hear what it was all about from those who did. The Workers' Center contingent was joined by other local groups who went to the Forum (WILPF, GJEP Incinerator Project) to share their experiences of meeting with other activist groups from around the U.S.
Today the policy committee for the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign submitted the following comments to the Healthcare Reform Commission for the members' consideration as they choose the consultant to design Vermont's new healthcare system:
1. Thank you for serving on Vermont's healthcare reform commission. As you know, Act 128 requires you to recommend one or more consultants to design a new healthcare system for Vermont. This work is of historical importance, and Vermonters are relying on you to choose wisely.
"We need you to win in Vermont," emphasized a healthcare provider from California at the Workers' Center's well-attended workshop at the US Social Forum this morning. Organized together with the International Worker Justice Campaign, our workshop explored the nuts and bolts of "Human Rights Campaigns to Build Power at the State Level: Healthcare and Workers' Rights."