Times Argus article on Jan 12 Hearing: "A call for health reform"

A call for health reform
Statehouse crowd details system's faults, horrors, urges change
by Dan Barlow

MONTPELIER – Hundreds of Vermonters filled the Statehouse Tuesday for a public forum on health care reform, with a vast majority urging lawmakers to adopt a single-payer system.

January 12th: Join Sen. Bernie Sanders and hundreds of Vermonters for Healthcare Hearings at Statehouse

6 - 9PM, Tuesday, January 12th, Statehouse, Montpelier
The Vermont Senate Health & Welfare Committee and House Committee on Healthcare will be holding joint hearings on S.88 and H.100 (see summary here: http://www.workerscenter.org/node/168). Please join us and bring everyone you can. Let us know if you can come, if you can testify, or if you want a ride or can give a ride. Contact us at (802)861-4892 or kate[at]workerscenter.org .

Vermont Public Radio coverage of January 6th event "Workers Lobby For Single Payer Health Care"

http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/86826/ [listen online]

(Host) Several hundred people went to the Statehouse today to lobby for a single payer health care system.

Legislative leaders promised they would explore the single payer approach, but they didn't commit to having a vote on the issue this year.

VPR's Bob Kinzel reports.

(Kinzel) The rally was organized by the Vermont Workers Center and it was the culmination of a series of public hearings that the Center held throughout the state over the past few months.

200+ Pack Statehouse event delivering thousands of postcards calling for VT to lead the way on healthcare

4000+ Postcards Delivered to Statehouse to Kickoff Push For Vermont To Make Healthcare A Public Good


"We urge you to stand up and take the lead!"

MONTPELIER - More than two hundred Vermonters from the Vermont Worker's Center "Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCHR)" filled the Cedar Creek room at the Statehouse today, coming from all over the state, to deliver thousands of postcards to the leadership of the State Legislature and to take action on the two single-payer healthcare bills, S.88 and H.100, and mend the broken healthcare system this year.

"We came here today because we seek to change what is politically possible in the healthcare reform process," said Susan Lucas, RN president of the nurses union at Copley Hospital. "We believe that healthcare is not a commodity but a public good shared by all. The time is now to make healthcare a basic fundamental right for every single person"

José Obeth Santiz Cruz Memorial Fund

Vermonters, Farmers, and Migrant Workers all Chipping in to Support José Obeth Santiz Cruz's family after tragic farm accident and asking others to donate to the new Oveth Santis Cruz Memorial Fund

On December 22, 2009 in Fairfield, Vermont on Howrigan dairy farm young migrant farm worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz from the town of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico was killed in a tragic farming accident. On December 23rd, a Candle Light Vigil was held in Burlington in order to remember and honor the hard work, sacrifice and tragic death of this young migrant farm worker. [ Free Press Article ]

Please donate to the newly created "José Obeth Santiz Cruzz Memorial Fund" in order to honor the hard work, sacrifice and tragic death of migrant farm worker José Obeth Santiz Cruz. One hundred percent of your donation will go to José Obeth Santiz Cruz's family.

50+ Attend Morrisville People’s Forum on Healthcare with Speaker Shap Smith, Sen. Susan Bartlett and Rep. Floyd Nease

DSCF6880_0.JPGMORRISVILLE, VT – More than fifty Lamoille County residents braved frigid temperatures to participate in a People’s Forum on Healthcare with Vermont Speaker of the House Rep. Shap Smith (D-Morrisville), Rep. Floyd Nease (D-Johnson) and State Senator Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille County). This forum was the ninth of its kind scheduled in recent weeks by the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCHR), a statewide grassroots organizing effort coordinated by the Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC) which aims to change what is politically possible in health reform in Vermont.

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.