EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.

Toxic Xenophobia, Refugees, & Well-Founded Fears

Sen. David Zuckerman (P/D), Katina Cummings and David Finkel explain that we have to denounce the vicious campaign to block refugees from Syria and Iraq from entering the U.S., and speak up in defense of harboring refugees quickly, without bureaucratic delays or blockades thrown up by reactionary racist politicians. The ravings of these politicians reveal the ugly streak of racism, Islamophobia, and outright hysteria in the American body politic that’s ripe to be exploited.

Massive Resistance to Austerity Rocking Quebec

Philippe de Grosbois teaches in a pre-college program in Montreal and is an executive of his local, which is part of the Confédération des Syndicats Nationaux. He discusses the massive resistance to austerity rocking Quebec. For two months 400,000 union members, as well as community organizations, have been on a series of demonstrations and rolling strikes.

Protecting the Climate, Creating Jobs & Saving Money

Joe Uehlein, Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability, discusses a new report, The Clean Energy Future: Protecting the Climate, Creating Jobs and Saving Money. He says, “This report is good news for American workers. Protecting the climate has often been portrayed as a threat to American workers’ jobs and the U.S. economy.

Powerful Quebec Public-Sector Fightback

Benoit Renaud, a teacher and Québec Solidaire/Quebec Solidarity activist, breaks the silence in the U.S. media about the half a million Quebec public sector workers organized in the Front Commune, the teachers unions, and the nurses union who are engaged in rolling strikes and mass actions, potentially escalating to a general strike in December. They are resisting enormous attacks by the Liberal Party Government on their wages, working conditions, and essential services they provide.

Quebec: Growing Resistance to Attacks on Public Sector Workers & Services

Philippe de Grosbois, a post-secondary school teacher and member of his local union executive, discusses the growing resistance in Quebec to the Liberal Party government's attempts to impose wage freezes on state workers and cut social services. On October 3rd some 150,000 trade unionists, their families, students, and supporters poured into the streets of Montreal from all over Quebec to protest the attack on public-sector workers and government services.