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.

Raise the Wage

Isaac Grimm, Vermont Rights & Democracy's Political Engagement Director, and Raise the Wage coalition coordinator, reviews the legislature's Report of the Minimum Wage and Benefits Cliff Study Committee, and explains why moving to a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020 will contribute to the overall well-being of our families, communities, businesses and state.

Urge a Voice for Vermonters in Need of Health Care

Rights & Democracy health care leader, Mary Gerisch, talks about why the Green Mountain Care Board vacancy should be filled by someone who will be a voice for the interests of everyday Vermonters in need of health care. The vacancy should be filled by someone who supports the Board's mission (as set out in Act 48) to ensure universal access to and coverage for high-quality, medically necessary health services for all Vermonters.

Why Vermonters Need a Higher Minimum Wage

Vermont State Senator and Progressive Party Chair, Anthony Pollina, explains that, “low wages and stagnant incomes are hurting many Vermont families and our Vermont economy. No one who works should live in poverty. And, raising wages is one of the most effective ways to overcome poverty, protect Vermonters from Trump’s cuts and create an economy that works better for all of us.”

The Problem of Workplace Democracy

Barry Eidlin, an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University and author of the soon to be published book, Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada, and Micah Uetricht, an associate editor at Jacobin, a contributing editor at In These Times, and the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers against Austerity co-editor, and the forthcoming

What the Nordic Countries Tell Us About Creating Better Lives

Anu Partanen, author of The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, discusses what the Nordic countries can tell us about creating a better country. Anu is joined by Isaac Grimm, lead organizer of Rights and Democracy Vermont's Raise Up Vermont campaign.

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