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.

Vermont's Child Care Challenge

Robyn Freedner-Maguire, Campaign Director of Let’s Grow Kids, talks about the role that high-quality, affordable child care should play in supporting the healthy development of Vermont’s children, laying a foundation for future success in relationships, school and life. However, high-quality child care is inaccessible and unaffordable for too many Vermont families.

Beyond Bernie: Building a Party of the 99%

Keely Mullen, of the Movement4Bernie, makes the case that our movement faces a burning question: Do we fall in line behind Clinton’s corporate campaign, or do we continue the political revolution and build a new party for the 99%? Tens of millions are standing against the tide, resisting a Democratic Party establishment hell-bent on forcing Sandernistas behind Wall Street’s “lesser evil” candidate.

The Proposed Private Health Insurance Hikes

Ellen Schwartz, of the Healthcare is Human Right campaign, explains that once again, MVP Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield are attempting to raise health insurance rates for people with Vermont Health Connect plans. BCBS is proposing an average annual increase of 8.2%, with per-plan increases ranging up to 10.9%, while MVP Healthcare is proposing an average annual increase of 8.8%, with per-plan increases ranging up to 13.5%.

Brexit, Free Trade, & Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy

Professor Jack Rasmus discusses the global contagion effects of Brexit, now beginning to emerge in the UK, EU, and beyond. UK and Euro currencies are falling, and financial asset prices are under growing pressure everywhere in Europe. Will (and how) might it spill over to the US economy? How political instability in Europe from ‘Brexit’ and spreading ‘Euroscepticism’ are being accelerated.

Why the U.S. Working Class Lacks Political Representation

After living through a 40-year neo-liberal dystopia with increasing income inequality and decreasing class mobility, the two party system is under mounting stress. Barry Eidlin, Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, discusses the weakness of class-based political appeals in the U.S. and why there has been no labor or viable mass progressive third party to date in the United States.

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