BURLINGTON - On October 16, leaders of the Vermont Workers' Center and United Professionals of Vermont/AFT, including nurses from Fletcher Allen, met with Vermont State Senator Doug Racine, who is chair of the Vermont Senate Health & Welfare Committee about the goals of the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign to take action on single-payer legislation H.100 and S.88. (Links are to .pdf files of each bill.)
Rutland County Healthcare Is A Human Right Organizing Committee Report from People's Forum on Healthcare, Rutland Free Library
On October 6th, over 80 Rutland County citizens participated in a forum on our Human Right to Healthcare, at the Rutland Free Library. All 22 Rutland County Legislators were invited. There were eight Rutland County Legislators in attendance, four Democrats and four Republicans. Several answered questions in the Q&A session at the end of the forum.
The Legislators present were:
Rep. Peg Andrews, Rutland City Democrat
Williston - On Saturday October 10th Peter Welch held a forum on healthcare at Williston Central School which drew over 50 people, including a bunch of right wing opponents to healthcare reform.
We are happy to report that dozens of Healthcare is a Human Right supporters spoke out demanding that healthcare not be treated as a commodity and pointed out that healthcare is not like auto insurance.
Rutland Herald & Times Argus, October 8, 2009
The campaign by Vermont activists to push for a single-payer health care system for the state of Vermont begins with a moral imperative and moves to a practical proposal.
RUTLAND HERALD: Is health care a human right?
Campaign makes case for universal care at forum
By Brent Curtis Staff Writer - Published: October 7, 2009
RUTLAND - With conditions here and there, every legislator in the room Tuesday night agreed that health care was a "right" — or at least a "national value."
At the Savoy Theater in Montpelier and Merrill's Roxy in Burlington, Vermont Workers' Center leaders have been tabling at showings of Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: A Love Story". People leave the film wanting to take action to change this unjust system. We've collected lots of healthcare is a human right postcards from movie viewers and talked to lots of people about getting involved.
We encourage you to see the film and join us tabling at the theater! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you are interested in helping out.
VPR: "Forums push single-payer health plan" Thursday, 10/01/09
LISTEN AT: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/85986/
(Host) A Burlington group that advocates for workers is holding a series of forums around the state to persuade lawmakers that they should adopt a single-payer health care plan.
VPR's Ross Sneyd has more.
(Sneyd) The Vermont Workers' Center is already disappointed in the health care debate in Washington.
James Haslam is director of the center.
Legislators vow to push health care
Sept 30, 2009 http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_13452103
By Chris Garofolo, Brattleboro Reformer
BRATTLEBORO -- Under pressure from two of the state’s most active health care advocate groups, six Windham County lawmakers vowed to push for a universal health care bill when they return to Montpelier next January.
The five Democrats and one Progressive voiced their opinions at the Tuesday night People’s Forum on Health Care at Brattleboro Union High School.
Over 150 community members participated in a forum on our Human Right to Helathcare last night at the Imani Center in the Old North End of Burlington. Nearly a dozen Chittenden Co. Legislatures were present, mainly to listen, as the focus was on the voices of the people.
Michael Leon Guerrero of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance will be speaking at the University of Vermont on "The Road to Detroit: The US Social Forum and Grassroots Reponses to the Economic and Environmental Crisis," at 7pm in the John Dewey Lounge in Old Mill, UVM. Mr. Guerrero is one of the key organizers of the US Social Forum, and also a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum. The event is sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center, the Student Labor Action Project and Students for Peace and Global Justice, and will also include speakers from local organizations.