HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2009 Press Conference With FAHC Nurses and Sen. Racine Release Healthcare Human Rights Report

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Nurses, Sen. Racine and other Vermonters Say Vermont Must lead Way to Realize Right to Healthcare For All

BURLINGTON - This Human Rights Day press conference will release a report on how Vermont can lead the way in this country to realize the human right to healthcare. The Vermont Workers’ Center has convened forums with many hundreds of Vermonters and their legislators affirming the importance of establishing a universal, equitable and accountable healthcare system. Senator Doug Racine will join nurses and leaders of the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign to announce that the time has come for the State of Vermont to take a lead in healthcare reform, recognizing the shortcomings of current federal efforts.

Vermont NEA signs onto Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign

Burlington - On December 5th the Board of Directors of the Vermont-National Education Association voted unanimously to endorse "Healthcare is a Human Right", a campaign of the Vermont Workers Center. The state’s largest union, which represents members in every community of the state has joined the AFL-CIO and over a hundred organizations statewide in supporting this growing grassroots campaign to make healthcare a public good for all, divorced from employment.

RELEASE: Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign succeeds in getting single-payer healthcare taken up in 2010 in Vermont Legislature

December 2, 2009
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COLCHESTER - Tuesday evening at the Vermont Workers’ Center’s second Chittenden County People’s Forum on Healthcare held at St. Michael's College, Senator Doug Racine, chair of the Senate’s health and welfare committee, announced that his committee will begin holding hearings on S.88, the bill that, with its House companion, H.100, will put Vermont on the road to enacting healthcare as a human right.

Care For All: Musicians Produce Benefit Recording


Producer and Blues singer/guitarist Scott Ainslie pulled together nine other musicians, and a Grammy award-winning engineer and studio, for a music compilation in support of a Vermont campaign to establish healthcare as a human right rather than a commercial commodity, a public good rather than an economic privilege. Vermont’s Independent Senator Bernie Sanders even turns up in a track.

Bennington Banner article on Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign Event
Forum rallies support for single-payer care
Posted: 11/22/2009 10:27:25 PM EST

BENNINGTON -- Several panelists spoke in favor of a single-payer health care system at a health care forum Thursday night, but significant barriers remain to achieving that goal.

The forum, organized by the Vermont Workers Centers, was meant to rally support for pushing state officials toward a single-payer system in Vermont. The center is seeking action in the upcoming legislative session on House and Senate bills that call for such a system.

New Resource for Vermont's Union Members

VWC has just become an affiliate of Union Communication Services, a 100 percent union bookstore which offers the largest, most varied and helpful selection of hand-picked books ever created for union leaders, activists and rank-and-file members. Tools for activists, resources for negotiators, health and safety, economics and labor history, even books for young adults and children. Purchase items through the UCS Online Book Catalog and support the Workers' Center!

Over 50 Participate in Franklin-Grand Isle People's Forum on Healhtcare

DSCF6751_1.JPGLast night, over 50 Franklin and Grand Isle County residents came out to participate in a forum on our Human Right to Healthcare. Ten legislators from the across the counties attended the event held at the Franklin County Senior Center.

Legislators in attendance included:

Sen. Randy Brock
Sen. Sara Kittell
Rep. Michel Consejo
Rep. Gary Gilbert
Rep. Jeff Young
Rep. Brian Savage
Rep. Kathy Keenan
Rep. Ira Trombley
Rep. Mitzy Johnson
Rep. Richard Howrigan

Seventh People's Forum Planned Nov.15 in St. Albans

Sunday, Nov 15 People's Forum on Healthcare: Franklin and Grand Isle County

4pm, Sunday, November 15
Franklin County Senior Center, 75 Messenger St, St. Albans

This forum with local state legislators will explore the how Vermont can establish healthcare as a basic human right and win single-payer healthcare in 2010. It is being organized by the Franklin/Grand Isle County Organizing Committee of the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign, a project of the Vermont Workers' Center that seeks to change what is politically possible in healthcare reform efforts through grassroots organizing.