At Labor Day celebrations in White River Junction and Middlebury, Rights & Democracy (RAD) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will join forces to announce a People’s Platform to bring about change in Washington, DC, as well as here in Vermont.
This summer, Our Revolution launched "Summer of Progress" by working with dozens of grassroots organizations to back the #PeoplesPlatform, a progressive policy agenda that it used to lobbying members of Congress to support during their August recess.
Given the current makeup of Congress and the White House, this national People’s Platform must be replicated at the state level as many efforts, including the struggle for universal, publicly financed health care and addressing climate change, will likely first gain traction at the state level.
As part of our Democracy Summer Town Hall tour, RAD held events throughout Vermont to promote bold ideas that legislators can get behind when they return to Montpelier in January. Resistance isn’t enough, however, we need our elected officials to take bold steps to put legislation on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk for him to either veto, or join with Vermonters to:
Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour;
Create a universal health care system in Vermont, with a first step being Universal Primary Care;
Enact paid family and medical leave insurance;
Improve worker protections, including stronger enforcement against worker misclassification;
Invest in the infrastructure and protections necessary to ensure clean water, clean air, and clean soils for all; and,
Empower communities to move toward a 100-percent renewable energy economy while maintaining local autonomy and democratic participation in shaping a just transition away from fossil fuels.
So, join Bernie, RAD, and your neighbors for some food, fun, music, and a call to action to bring about true, lasting change.
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Thanks, see you on Labor Day!