Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recount in Waukesha, WI - People say there is a problem

Today was supposed to be the last day for the Supreme Court re-count in Wisconsin. Waukesha, the county where extra votes were found two days after election day in April, is taking longer than predicted. The recount is slated now to be over May, 26.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Everybody In, Nobody Out: Rallying For Universal Healthcare in Vermont

On May 1, 2011 thousands rallied for health care as a human right in Montpelier, Vermont.

For three years a grassroots movement for universal healthcare has been building in Vermont thanks to the Vermont Workers Center. On March 24, the house passed H202, a bill that puts Vermont on the road to having universal healthcare.

Yet before the activists could celebrate the consideration of universal healthcare in Vermont, they had to contend with a last minute amendment that would have made the bill less than universal; the Brock-Sears amendment would explicitly exclude undocumented workers.

The day after this May 1 rally the Brock-Sears Amendment was struck down in conference committee. The committee was responding specifically to grassroots pressure from healthcare activists who called, wrote, marched, rallied and spent days at the statehouse talking to lawmakers. This is democracy in action, and proves that grassroots organizing works.