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.

Break Free From Fossil Fuels & the "Public Trust" Doctrine

Jeremy Brecher of the Labor Network for Sustainability talks about the global wave of action taking place around the world around the demand: Break free from fossil fuels – keep the coal, oil, and gas in the ground. Communities on the front lines of climate change aren’t waiting for governments to act; they are doing it themselves.

Bernie, the Democrats & Building a Mass Leftist Party

Jason Schulman, a co-editor of New Politics magazine, argues that the movement to elect Sanders represents the best opportunity to build a much larger socialist movement—and hopefully a split from the Democratic Party that results in an independent leftist party—that we’ve seen in generations. To make that party a reality, ironically enough, meant getting involved in this Democratic Party presidential campaign.

On Strike at Verizon to Save Good Jobs

Pam Galpern, a striking field technician at Verizon and a member of CWA Local 1101, explains that Verizon is pushing to offshore more call-center jobs, outsource more line work to low-wage contractors, and force workers to accept assignments away from home for up to two months at a time—all while it’s making $1.8 billion in profit a month. Along with the 39,000 strikers, negotiations affect 80,000 retirees.

A New Generation Down for "Political Revolution"

Adam Guillette, a lead organizer for the Sanders campaign in Plattsburgh, NY, explains what drives his volunteering. "How does change happen?" Guillette said. "It's not politicians. It's usually from the bottom up -- a social movement.” Adam is part of a new generation of youthful activists that is forming its political identity, an identity shaped by experiences in Occupy, the social movements, and the Sanders campaign. We may be seeing a radicalization that will last long after this election.

Voting Jill Stein & Building the Left Beyond the Democrats

Ashley Smith argues that while the Sanders campaign has begun to bring together a new mass left-wing constituency, this can either be dissipated and demoralized through the Democratic Party, or salvaged and built upon through independence from it. Ashley argues for the need to present concrete alternatives to voting for the "lesser evil", i.e. Clinton v.

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