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.
Darren Allen, Communications Director for the Vermont-NEA, explains that the Burlington Education Association wants schools Burlington deserves. This includes affordable health care for teachers and all Vermonters; adequately resourced schools and support for all students; time for teachers prepare and collaborate to educate students; and transparency with how decisions are made by the school district. The BEA developed contract proposals in line with these areas.
Ryan and Bobby, organizers with Redneck Revolt and the Maine John Brown Gun Club, talk about building “a movement amongst white working people that works toward the total liberation of all working people, regardless of skin color, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, or any other division that bosses and politicians have used to fragment movements for social, political
Isaac Grimm and Dustin Tanner of Rights and Democracy and the Raise the Wage Coalition talk about campaigning to win the Fight for $15. The legislature's Minimum Wage Study Committee is studying economic projections which estimate that nearly 100,000 working Vermonters would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15/hour.
Democratic Socialists of America leader R.L Stephens discusses the significance of the neo-Confederate, white supremacist and neo-Nazi terrorism and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the face of growing racist, anti-Semitic, white supremacist violence. R.L. calls for building a strong united front against this emboldened right wing. Ashley Smith joins in to talk about how we must mobilize to defeat Fascism.