VWC loses $30K Grant, We Need You To Help Us Fill the Gap

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.

Latest press: Boston Globe on May 1 Rally

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.

Massive Turnout for Historic Healthcare is a Human Right Rally

A Great Turnout! 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".

Latest Press: Times Argus Publishes Story About May 1 Rally

Times Argus MastheadBig 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.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Broad Endorsements for Healthcare May 1 Rally and Workers Memorial Planned

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.

"Honk-and-Waves" Accross the State for Healthcare is a Human Right

story_DSCF6059.JPGApril 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)

Honk & Waves Held Across State as Momentum Builds for May 1 Rally

"Healthcare Is A Human Right" Rally Shaping Up to be Biggest Healthcare Rally in State's history

What: Groups will gather with signs at major intersections in towns throughout the state to spread the message about a historic Healthcare Is A Human Right rally to be held May 1, 2009 at the Statehouse in Montpelier. The Healthcare Is A Human Campaign, coordinated by the Vermont Workers' Center, is geared at building grassroots supports to "change what is politically possible" for healthcare reform.


At this moment 12 students have occupied the president's wing at the University of Vermont to protest the budget cuts and layoffs at the university. Many more students are holding a sit-in to support the occupiers. Join students tonight for a support speak-out and vigil at 5pm on the steps of the Waterman Building. Show support for the 109 staff and faculty losing their jobs.

Contact the President's Office to send you support for students and tell the administration to stop the budget cuts and layoffs at UVM.