Raising Women’s Voices

Rally in Vermont!

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on April 30, 2009

In Vermont? Near Montpelier?

Join NESRI in what’s sure to be a historic rally for healthcare on May 1.

While healthcar eis still treated as a commodity, Vermont citizens are ready to rally behind the belief that healthcare is a human right.

For more information, check out NESRI’s website.

Rally details below:

What:   The rally is part of the Vermont Workers’ Center’s “Healthcare is a Human Right” campaign, which demands a health care system based on the principles of universality, equity and accountability. This would guarantee that everyone can get the health care they need, when and where they need it. By evoking these human rights principles, the campaign is building a large grassroots movement that seeks to change what is considered politically possible.

When:  12 noon – 2pm, Friday, May 1st

Where:  Statehouse, Montpelier, VT

Who:  The Vermont Workers’ Center and Vermonters who are committed to fighting for their human right to health care (a survey by the Workers’ Center has shown that over 95% of Vermonters believe that health care is a human right).  The rally has been endorsed by over 100 national and state-based organizations and 25 faith leaders. Small business owners and workers may close shop or call in sick to take part in the weekday rally.

Why: NESRI board member Paul Farmer, a founding director of Partners in Health, stresses that “The ongoing struggle for the right to health care has always needed champions. Remember Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Movement? Remember the march on Washington? The Vermont Workers’ Center is a vital member of this movement for health, working to ensure that all people get the health care they need regardless of their ability to pay. Some things are not meant to be commodities – they are meant to be rights.”

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