Brattleboro Reformer artice on Bratteboro People's Forum on Healthcare

Legislators vow to push health care

Sept 30, 2009
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.

150+ Chittenden County Residents Fill the Imani Center for Healthcare is a Human Right People's Forum

medium_DSCF6666.JPGOver 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.

Just Announced: Key US Social Forum Organizer to Visit Vermont October 8

mlg.jpegMichael 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.

VWC Travels to Pittsburgh for G-20

VWC at G-20A small delegation from the Vermont Workers' Center travelled to Pittsburgh last week to join thousands of others in demanding that the G-20 address the financial crisis by bailing out the people, not the banks. In addition to joining the peaceful mass march on Friday the 25th, VWC members participated in the People's Voices activities with grassroots organizations from Pittsburgh, around the nation, and around the world. More coverage is available on the Grassroots Global Justice website.

People's Forums on Healthcare, Next Up Brattleboro, Burlington and Rutland

The Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign, coordinated by the Vermont Workers' Center is organizing a series of healthcare forums with local state legislators around Vermont. The forums will include personal testimonies, presentations on the human right to healthcare and how Vermont can lead the way when the federal health reform falls short of solving the current crisis.

WINDHAM COUNTY 7pm, Tuesday, Sept 29, Brattleboro Union High School, Multi-purpose Room
CHITTENDEN COUNTY 7pm, Thurs, Oct 1, Imani Youth & Family Center, 294 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington

People's Forum in Bennington Draws 50+

Article in Bennington Banner

Care for all, but how?
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

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.

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:

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: ) hundreds of Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCisHR, link: ) 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).