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.

When: 4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M., Friday, April 24

Barre: City Hall Park
Bennington: Intersection of Route 7 & 9
Brattleboro: Pliny Park, Main Street
Burlington: Staples Plaza, Williston Road, near exit 14 on Rte I-89
Montpelier Main St and River St (Rte 2 and Rte 12)
St. Albans: Near Exit 19 Intersection, outside Shell Station by Collin Perley Center

Background: The Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign was launched last year to build a grassroots movement capable of creating fundamental change in healthcare policy. The Vermont Workers' Center coordinated statewide surveying of over 1,500 Vermonters about people's experience and values around our healthcare system. Seven public human rights hearings were held, including Brattleboro, Burlington, St. Albans, Lyndonville, Barre and Rutland. On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2008 the Vermont Workers' Center released a report as a result of the surveys and hearings called "Voices of the Vermont Healthcare Crisis" which can be downloaded at www.workerscenter.org/healthcare-report.