Joseph M. Schwartz, a professor of political science at Temple University, a national vice chair of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and author of Coalition Politics and the Fight for Socialism, talks about the reasons for the rapid growth of DSA to become the largest U.S. socialist organization in the U.S. since the 1940s.
Jessica Early, a nurse and Rights & Democracy healthcare organizer explains that what the House of Representatives has done – taking the rudiments of an entirely inadequate national insurance system, and shredding it – represents the greatest assault on low and moderate-income Americans of any law in modern times. The AHCA would roll back the expansion of Medicaid, and eliminate coverage that more than 70,000 Vermonters rely on.
Rights and Democracy leader, Vickie Lampron reports on People’s Action's Founding Convention: Rise Up: From Protest to Power. Peoples's Action organizations are campaigning for transformative change at every level – from cities to statehouses to the halls of Congress.
Rights and Democracy climate organizer, Laura Mistretta, talks about the People's Climate March and the campaign for Energy Democracy.
Meagan Gallagher, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, explains that Republicans plans to defund Planned Parenthood threaten access to basic health care for thousands of Vermonters. Republican legislation would prevent Planned Parenthood from accepting payments from low-income and disabled patients who have Medicaid for health insurance (more than 50 percent of Planned Parenthood patients in Vermont have Medicaid for health insurance), and cut funding for being a designated family planning provider.