2013 May 1st March & Day of Action
Summary: Thousands of people across Vermont marched to the statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday May 1st to participate in a day of action. The day was organized by the Put People First Campaign, which is building a movement for human rights and democracy in Vermont. Members from many different organizations and groups such as Migrant Justice, Vermont Early Educators United, environmental justice groups, homecare workers, students, children and families gathered to participate in the action fair after the march. The action fair included a healthcare screening clinic, youth tent, and many other activities representing the vision for a world where everyone’s fundamental needs are met. Participants talked about how May 1st is a day to unite and come together to fight for human rights and true democracy. Immediately following May 1st, the Put People First campaign celebrated two major legislative victories. The bill recognizing homecare workers’ right to organize passed the following day, and Migrant Justice’s drivers license bill passed on Tuesday May 7th. Participants looked toward the 2014 legislative session and committed to continue to organize for universal healthcare, a budget that meets everyone’s needs, and a future where everyone’s human rights are met.