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.

Why We Should Stand up for the Rights of All Families & Oppose Reach Up Caps

Melissa Bourque explains why we should stand up for the rights of all families and oppose Reach Up caps. The House Human Services and Budget committees had a close vote to impose lifetime limits on Reach Up participants, mostly children and single moms. This would mean families get kicked off of necessary programs after an arbitrary time limit. We should be discussing how to create policy that puts people first, not how to destroy the little we have to support our communities.

Put People First Organizing & Legislation for a Healthy Planet

Keith Brunner, climate justice organizer with Rising Tide Vermont & Vermont Workers Center member, and Leslie Matthews, Workers Center leader, discuss the Put People First movement's environmental justice agenda. At a time when our fossil-fuel-dependent economy, and the politicians in its service, are taking us over the climate cliff, there is an urgent need to build a peoples movement from below that can radically transform the system.

"They're Bankrupting Us!": And 20 Other Myths about Unions

From Wisconsin to Washington, DC, the claims are made: unions are responsible for budget deficits, and their members are overpaid and enjoy cushy benefits. The only way to save the American economy, pundits claim, is to weaken the labor movement, strip workers of collective bargaining rights, and champion private industry.

Huge Put People First Movement Legislative Kick Off

Brittany Nevins of the Vermont Workers Center and Ben Johnson, President of the Vermont AFL-CIO discuss the Put People First movement's huge legislative kick off and agenda.This is what democracy looks like!

Put People First Legislative Agenda

Sarah Launderville, director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living & Darya Marchenkova of the Vermont Workers Center discuss the Put People First Movement's unified agenda. A unified, diverse, and growing movement of organizations called Put People First believes Vermont can and must protect and fulfill the human rights of all its people, while ensuring a healthy and livable environment.

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