"May 1 Rally" Brattleboro Reformer Op-Ed by Richard Davis

The May 1 rally - By RICHARD DAVIS
Brattleboro Reformer, www.reformer.com

GUILFORD - It seems like it should be a no brainer. Access to a basic level of health care should be a human right, something that a civilized society determines is due all of its citizens. In all of the industrialized countries in the world, except one, that is the case.

Huge ‘Healthcare is a Human Right’ Rally at State House on May 1

medium_DSCF6000.JPGMontpelier - 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.

Ban on Mandatory Overtime!


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.

Tell Your Legislator To Support "People's Plan" for Vermont

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:

250+ Rally at Obama/Douglas Healthcare Summit

medium_DSCF6008.JPGOn 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.

12 Noon Rally Tues March 17 at Obama/Douglas Health Reform Event at UVM

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.

Join the 10 Club for Healthcare is a Human Right


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.

Burlington Livable City Coalition Float in Mardi Gras Parade

100_1143.jpgSaturday 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!".