This weekend the Vermont Workers' Center Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign participated in 7 Southern Vermont Town Hall Meetings with Senator Bernie Sanders. Well over 1,000 people participated in the events in Bennington, West Dover, Bellows Falls, Putney, Westminster, Springfield and Woodstock. Local members of the Vermont Workers' Center spoke about the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign on the panel alongside Bernie at each event.
Senator Sanders' enthusiasm and support for the work of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign and our grassroots organizing was overwhelming. It was clear to the Senator and to everyone in attendance that our grassroots organizing strategy is succeeding in making the human right to healthcare a reality in Vermont and leading the way for the rest of the country. Senator Sanders' enthusiasm was contagious and the crowds of people at each Town Meeting shared his excitement about our grassroots movement for real healthcare reform.
"This is a really exciting moment for our Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign," said Reed Webster, a leader on the campaign from Bellows Falls. "We spoke with hundreds of people this weekend who want to help us continue our grassroots organizing so that healthcare is not a commodity, but it is a human right and we have a healthcare system that works for everyone. People took our new Healthcare is a Human Right petitions back to their neighborhoods and towns all over state. After this weekend our growing grassroots movement became even stronger."
While in other parts of the country corporate backed right-wing protesters have disrupted these congressional town hall meetings, in Vermont the support for the human right to healthcare, economic justice, good jobs and good education was very clear. The events were democratic, productive and even the handful of opponents who showed up in most cases became engaged in constructive dialogue with Senator Sanders and other participants.
Senator Sanders is expected to hold a series of town hall meetings in the Northeast Kingdom and Northern Vermont at the end of August. If you want to participate in these events and help make them a huge success, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kate Kanelstein at (802) 825-8399.