Montpelier - Vermonters from every corner of the State will be gathering at the State House on Friday, May 1st to demand that our policymakers consider healthcare as a human right and not a commodity for profit. This demonstration is likely to be the biggest protest of its kind in Vermont history, quite possibly even the nation as well.
Well over a thousand people are expected to attend this historic first-of-its-kind rally. The rally is being coordinated by the Vermont Worker's Center in Burlington, Vermont, and is also sponsored by over 80 different organizations. There will be musical performances, street theater, giant puppets, games, and guest speakers. Invited speakers include Senator Bernie Sanders, and Dr. Deb Richter, a Montpelier physician, who has long been campaigning for health care for all Vermonters. In addition, there will also be many other prominent politicians, faith community leaders, activists and thousands of other Vermonters who are committed to creating a health care system that will cover all Vermonters no matter what their economic status or their jobs are.
JUSTICE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Take Action to Support Ban on Mandatory Overtime for healthcare Workers. Please contact Vermont House General Affairs members to tell to support H.268 - ban on mandatory overtime.
H.268/S.80 bans mandatory overtime, except in emergency situations, and recognizes the growing danger to patient safety posed by forced overtime practices. The bill applies to health care workers in hospitals and creates an exception for emergency situations.
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Contact: James Haslam, Vermont Workers’ Center, 802-272-0882 email@example.com
Rallies Across Vermont Oppose Douglas Budget Cuts
Vermont Workers’ Center Pushes for Alternative “People’s Plan”
Vermont Workers' Center proposes an alternative to the Douglas Budget Cuts
The Vermont Workers' Center has been organizing opposition the cuts to public services and state layoffs proposed by Governor Douglas since the beginning of February. As an alternative, we are proposing a "People's Plan" to raise revenue instead of cutting programs and pass single-payer universal healthcare to save Vermont tens of millions of dollars.
The People’s Plan has three main thrusts:
On March 17th more than 250 people rallied in front of the University of Vermont's Davis Center where Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Mass. Governor Deval Patrick hosted an Obama Healthcare Summit. Protesters demanded that "healthcare is a human right". They chanted "hey hey ho ho insurance companies have got to go!" and "everybody in, nobody out". See the links below for news stories on the healthcare summit and protests.
The Vermont Workers' Center is mobilizing for a rally prior to the regional Obama Administration's Health Reform Forum, which is being hosted by Governor Douglas and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at the University of Vermont at 12 noon this Tuesday, March 17 outside the parking lot side entrance of the Davis Center. We ask you to do whatever you can to join us and help spread the word.
HELP US BUILD FOR THE HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT RALLY ON MAY 1 IN MONTPELIER
Healthcare is a major issue in our communities. All over the state Vermonters are working hard to build for a rally in Montpelier on May 1st that will change what is politically possible in Vermont and declare "Healthcare is a Human Right". The Vermont Workers' Center is asking as many people as possible to sign up to get 10 signatures on a petition that says "I'll Be There on May 1st" for Healthcare is a Human Right.
Saturday February 28th members of the Burlington Livable City Coalition participated in the Burlington Mardi Gras Parade. The theme of the BLCC's float was "Who are the people in your neighborhood." The people riding the float dressed up as working people in our neighborhood and held signs asking questions about lead poisoning, livable jobs and Healthcare is a Human Right. Signs on either side of the float read "Let's make Burlington a livable city for everybody!".
Congratulations to the 20 community and workplace leaders who completed Solidarity School 2009, a comprehensive community and workplace organizing training. They developed skills for organizing, planning strategic campaigns, and fighting intersecting oppressions, and building a movement. We look forward to seeing all the great work Solidarity School participants continue to do in their communities. Solidarity School graduates will be recognized at our Annual Membership Assembly and Dinner on June 6th, 2009.