Workers’ Center takes on ‘People’s Budget’
By Thatcher Moats
VERMONT PRESS BUREAU - Published: June 10, 2011
MONTPELIER — A nonprofit grassroots group that rallied thousands of Vermonters to support health care reform legislation with its “health care is a human right” campaign is laying the groundwork for another political push with a different focus: state budget and tax policies.
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. With its origins in a public-sector workers' struggle (a teachers' strike), the uprising in Oaxaca was not unlike what we are currently seeing in Wisconsin and other states.
But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.
Vermont Workers' Center lead organizer James Haslam was recently featured in Thom Hartmann's "Big Picture" radio show and talked about the "Healthcare Is A Human Right" campaign.
Listen to the interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTvpmGqY8Es
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman covered the US Social Forum in Detroit and included a quick interview with the Vermont Workers Center, who led the 50-strong Vermont delegation. Watch the video below and read our US Social Forum blog.