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.

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign, coordinated by the Vermont Workers' Center, is geared at building grassroots support to "change what is politically possible" for health care reform. Also, April 28th is International Workers Memorial Day, to honor all the thousands of working women and men who are killed or injured each year. Mayor Kiss and the Vermont Workers' Center will use this occasion to announce plans to create a Battery Park Workers Memorial Monument in 2010.

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28

Where: Burlington City Hall, Room 12

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 in 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.

Contact: James Haslam, Vermont Workers’ Center, 802-272-0882 james@workerscenter.org

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