The Vermont Workers' Center (VWC) is bringing legendary singer-songwriter-organizer Si Kahn to join them on a series of events and fundraising concerts across the state. For the Barre and Brattleboro performances, Kahn will be joined by Scott Ainslie, the world-renowned blues guitarist based in Brattleboro. The tour celebrates the eleventh anniversary of our work to grow a grassroots network of working and low-income Vermonters for workers' rights and social justice. This tour builds the momentum and energy of over a thousand participants who converged on the Statehouse in Montpelier on May 1, 2009, to celebrate our historic "Health Care is a Human Right" rally.
Next Steps For VWC and Healthcare Is A Human Right
Building off the success of the historic May 1st rally the next steps for this campaign are to:
- consolidate our local organizing committees in major population centers throughout the state
- deepen the understanding of human rights principles for healthcare throughout our base
- strategize with local organizing committees about the best way to hold elected officials accountable to human rights principles.
In the midst of all the excitement and the enthusiasm around our very successful May 1st rally came some very disheartening news for the Vermont Workers' Center and our Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign. We were informed that we lost a $30,000 grant, which we were counting on and that we had received for years from a national Catholic foundation. We were told by the Vermont Diocese the funding would be pulled because we would not agree to put limits on a woman’s right to choose as a part of our Healthcare is a Human Right campaign.
Hundreds rally for universal health care
By Dave Gram
Associated Press Writer / May 1, 2009
MONTPELIER, Vt.—The contention that "health care is a human right" brought hundreds of people to the Statehouse steps on Friday to demand that Vermont implement universal health care coverage.
Friday's event, organized by the Vermont Workers' Center and other progressive-leaning groups, included some disruption as chanting demonstrators entered the Statehouse and were admonished by officials for disrupting business in parts of the building. There were no arrests.
Despite reports of harsh thunderstorms, over a thousand Vermonters, including hundreds of nurses and other healthcare workers, converged for what is believed to be the largest weekday rally at the state capital in memory. The rally was coordinated by the Vermont Worker's Center in Burlington, Vermont, and was also endorsed by well over one hundred different organizations and dozens of faith community leaders from across the state. The event was planned as a major step to change the politics of health care reform. The invitation to Vermont state legislators for the rally said that it was not just changing what was "politically possible,” but given the economic times and the growth of the movement, the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is making the establishment of healthcare as a basic right "politically inescapable".
Health care rally set to pressure lawmakers
By John Briggs
Free Press Staff Writer
A massive Health Care is a Human Right rally -- potentially the largest weekday rally in state history, its organizers say -- will meet at noon Friday in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier to pressure legislators to create a universal health care system in Vermont.
On April 28, 2009 over 100 Vermont businesses, labor unions and community organizations declared their support for the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign. Click here to see a list of supporting organizations.
Big health care rally planned Friday
By DANIEL BARLOW Vermont Press Bureau - Published: April 28, 2009
MONTPELIER – During her years working for non-profit organizations, Peg Franzen saw the same story over and over again.
First, a person gets hit with a surprise medical problem – and they have no insurance. Then they lose their job. And finally, they lose their home.
Franzen, a retired resident of Montpelier, said she has witnessed many Vermonters between 40 and 60 years old suddenly have their entire lives derailed by the financial burdens of a medical illness because they lack health insurance.
"We really need to have a health care system that is based on moral values rather than the market economy," she said Monday.
What: Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss will host a press conference with the Vermont Workers' Center to announce the broad range of endorsements for the historic Healthcare is a Human Right Rally planned for May 1st at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Mayor Kiss will be joined by a number of political leaders, faith community leaders and over a hundred businesses, labor unions and community organizations endorsing this rally for fundamental healthcare reform.
April 24th across the state folks came out for spirited honk-and-waves to build momentum for the May 1st Healthcare is a Human Right Rally at the Statehouse, Montpelier.
"Honk-and Waves" took place a the following locations:
Barre: City Hall Park (Map)
Bennington: Intersection of Route 7 & 9 (Map)
Brattleboro: Pliny Park, Main Street (Map)
Burlington: Staples Plaza, Williston Road, near exit 14 on Rte I-89 (Map)
Montpelier: Main St and River St (Rte 2 and Rte 12 - Map)