People's Forum in Bennington Draws 50+

Article in Bennington Banner
http://www.benningtonbanner.com/ci_13415571

Care for all, but how?
NEAL P. GOSWAMI
Posted: 09/24/2009 11:00:26 PM EDT

BENNINGTON -- Local lawmakers agreed Thursday that health care is a human right, but finding the right way to deliver it is proving difficult.

The Vermont Workers Center sponsored a Health Care is a Human Right forum in Bennington Thursday night where area residents relayed their troubles and struggles with health care. And lawmakers relayed the challenges they face to correct the system.

100+ Turnout for Washinton County People's Forum

Article in Times Argus and Rutland Herald
http://www.timesargus.com/article/20090923/NEWS01/909230339/1002/NEWS01

Slow pace of health care reform sparks ire

By Louis Porter Vermont Press Bureau - Published: September 23, 2009

MONTPELIER – More than two decades ago, Liz Zundel of Barre was diagnosed with lupus, a treatable but incurable illness. Although she had a young child she worked full time, in large part, so she would have health insurance, although according to her prognosis she was unlikely to survive more than a few years.

Lots of Media Coverage for Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign

As President Obama's speech has taken our country's broken healthcare system once again to the center stage, its increasingly clear that struggle to truly make healthcare a public good for all will be up to state's like Vermont. Our Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign has been getting lots of media coverage.

PRESS:
Single-payer health care: dead in Washington, but alive in the states: Insurance companies may be winning the fight in Washington, but California and Vermont are on the cusp of comprehensive reform." read here: http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0910/p09s03-coop.html

Peacham Town Meeting on Healthcare with Sen. Bernie Sanders Amazing Turnout

HCHR Supporter The beautiful town of Peacham, VT has a population listed at about 665 people but last night it was doubled for Senator Bernie Sanders Town Meeting on Healthcare last night. The upstairs of the church had over 300 people, the downstairs had over 150 people, and then speakers were blasting out the church kitchen door to a crowd of well over 200 people outside, often standing in the rain. Just like the Town Meetings held last week, in Rutland and Arlington (link: http://www.workerscenter.org/node/112 ) hundreds of Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCisHR, link: www.workerscenter.org/healthcare ) and single-payer healthcare supporters came to show their support, outnumbering opponents at probably more than 25-1 (Rutland was probably 6-to-1, Arlington probably about 10-to-1).

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign/VCIL Float Wins BEST in Bennington Battle Day Parade

The award-winning floatThis Sunday the Bennington Healthcare is a Human Right organizing committee teamed up with Vermont Center for Independent Living to ride on the float they had worked on for weeks in the Bennignton Battle Day Parade. The prize-winning theme was "Still Fighting for our Rights" and many of the participants were dressed in costumes.

Huge Crowds at Sen. Sanders Town Meetings say Healthcare Is A Human Right

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Rutland and Arlington, VT - People started arriving for Senator Bernie Sanders Town Meeting on Healthcare in Rutland at 5am this past Saturday. That's four and a half hours before the event was to begin. In total 600 more people arrived, from all over the state for this much anticipated event, where the Vermont conservative right wing hoped to show a huge amount of opposition to any government involvement in healthcare.

VWC Statement on Honduras Coup

The Vermont Workers' Center joins our brothers and sisters in trade unions and grassroots organizations in the US and throughout the world in strongly condemning the illegal coup carried out by the Honduran military on June 28, 2009, in which the democratically-elected president, Manuel Zelaya, was kidnapped and forcibly taken to Costa Rica. We completely reject the claim, widely circulated in the corporate media, that this coup was somehow justified by President Zelaya's plans to consult the Honduran people about constitutional reform.

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign Marches in 4th of July Parades Across the State

story_IMG_0206_1.JPGMembers of the Vermont Workers Center participated in 4th of July celebrations in Bennington, Brattleboro, Lyndonville and Montpelier spreading the word and organizing around Healthcare is a Human Right.

Healthcare is a Human Right leaders began collecting hundreds of postcards to our legislators demanding our basic right to healthcare. You can help too! Check out our "Organizer's Toolkit" and call us at (802)861-4-VWC.

If you are interested in getting involved organizing for Healthcare is a Human Right, collecting postcards or becoming a member of our Art Committee (street theater and more!), contact us!

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