Apparently, the conservative business lobby is calling the shots in Montpelier and people have the right to be outraged. This is how broken our democracy is becoming. Democrats and Progressives have super-majority control of the Vermont House (101-49) and Vermont Senate (23-7), and we have a Democrat as Governor with Peter Shumlin.
Follow the People's Team in Montpelier as they work to ensure that our legislators enact legislation that recognizes that Healthcare is a Human Right!
This Monday from 4:00-6:30pm is the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Technologies (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the state budget for fiscal year 2015. All 13 V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St.
Such a powerful day today. Was honored to be sitting with Joyce Werntgen when this resolution was adopted today by the General Assembly of the Vermont Legislature.
It's been a busy two weeks at the State House for the People's Team. This special report brings you two updates from People's Team Bloggers Liz Kane and Brittany Nevins, who have been monitoring S.59, a bill that would fulfill direct support providers' right to organize, as it moves through committee.
We were asked to testify in the Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare today. Here is the text. Let's keep organizing!
Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign
Testimony to House Committee on Healthcare
January 15, 2013
Thank you. My name is James Haslam, I am the Executive Director of the Vermont Workers’ Center. The VWC was started in 1998 and launched the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign in 2008 to change what was politically possible and establish a universal healthcare system.
January 10th, 2013
TOP TEN REASON TO COME MAKE MAY DAY HISTORY: May 1st celebrates working people’s struggles for justice dating back to 1886 in the fight for the 8 hour day. Come be part of people’s history as we heroically fight to be the first state in the country to have a truly universal healthcare system! Join us in building a movement for all of our human rights and a real democracy!
If you weren’t already excited enough about coming to Montpelier for May Day, here are the top ten reasons to come:
[also published in VT Digger and Bennington Banner]
The response to the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene should make us proud to be Vermonters. Thousands of people volunteered and contributed to efforts to get communities back on their feet. The new “I Am Vermont Strong” campaign has tapped into this community pride with the goal of rebuilding stronger than before the storm. To me, stronger communities means communities where we no longer have policies that leave so many people vulnerable or threaten the livability of the planet.
[Note more groups our signing up daily. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn how you your group can be added. See this video hear to learn more: http://www.workerscenter.org/media/may1promo].