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.
Debbie Ingram of Vermont Interfaith Action, a faith-based, grassroots coalition of congregations organizing to make compassion and social justice a reality for all Vermonters, discuses the regional meetings they are holding, partnering with the Public Assets Institute, to present information about the state's economy and highlight the lack of equity that exists in Vermont. Action steps to address this disparity will be outlined.
Mari Cordes, a proud union nurse, explains why she and other working Vermonters are considering running for political office. Given the political record of Vermont's current political class, it's time for our organizations and working class people to become our own champions. Ben Palkowski talks about the new Vermont Labor Candidate School's mission to increase the number of pro-worker elected office holders in Vermont.
Victor Tan Chen, author of Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Victor talks about how the long-term unemployed struggle in today’s unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis.