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.
Jonathan Rosenblum author of Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, & the Revival of the Labor Movement discusses the strategic lessons he drew as the lead organizer of the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage and a union. The campaign united the mostly immigrant Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy, building the power to take on the corporate and political elites.
Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, explains that Republicans plans to defund Planned Parenthood threaten access to basic health care for thousands of Vermonters. Republican legislation would prevent Planned Parenthood from accepting payments from low-income and disabled patients who have Medicaid for health insurance (more than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood patients in Vermont have Medicaid for health insurance), and cut funding for being a designated family planning provider.
Brenda Patoine explains why it's so important to organize to save our healthcare as Trump and the Republican Congress are pushing to ram through an agenda which takes healthcare away from 30 million Americans, privatizes Medicare, and defunds Planned Parenthood, while giving tax cuts to their millionaire and billionaire friends. She shares how the Affordable Care Act turned her into a healthcare activist.