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Contact: Erin Narey, VT State Liaison, UniteWomen.org
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Neko Case, & Anais Mitchell Join Madeleine Kunin at State House Rally
Governor Shumlin, unable to attend, will issue a statement
MONTPELIER – Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont singer/songwriters Anais Mitchell and Neko Case will speak at UNITE Women VT’s Montpelier rally, Saturday 4/28 at the State House. The rally is part of a coordinated nationwide effort to protest legislation endangering the health and welfare of women, and to encourage communities to take action via voter registration, information campaigns, and legislative petitions.
In a statement issued last month regarding the Republican measure to let employers and insurers opt out of provisions in the health care law, Sanders said, “In Vermont and around the country, there is growing anger that member of Congress, mostly men, are trying to roll back the clock on women’s rights, in this case the right of women to receive contraceptive services through their insurance plans. This attack is grossly unfair, and I hope that men will stand with women in the fight to protect this very basic right.”
Other recent additions to the program are Vermont singer/songwriters, Neko Case and Anais Mitchell. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and Northeast Kingdom resident Neko Case will speak at the Montpelier rally before heading out on tour the following day. Former Montpelier resident and Middlebury College student Anais Mitchell, best known for recent folk opera Hadestown, will play music at the rally’s end. Case and Mitchell are joining another renowned Vermont singer, Tammy Fletcher, who will open. Fletcher was recently called “a true Vermont treasure” by former Governor Jim Douglas.
Governor Peter Shumlin will be unable to attend the rally, but has promised to issue a statement. The updated speaker list for the 4/28 rally is as follows:
Vermont’s rally will take place on the State House lawn in Montpelier on Saturday, 4/28, from 11:00 to 2:00.
Madeleine Kunin, former VT governor and author of The New Feminist Agenda
Senator Bernie Sanders
Tammy Fletcher, singer/songwriter and “Vermont’s Own Soul Queen”
Cynthia Huntington, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, author of Heavenly Bodies
Rep. Jill Krowinski (Chittenden 3-3), Director of Planned Parenthood, Northern New England
Wanda Hines, Director of the Social Equity Investment Project
Neko Case, singer/songwriter and two-time Grammy nominee
Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Sarah Launderville, Director of Vermont Center for Independent Living
Diane Derby, Field Representative for Senator Patrick Leahy
Anais Mitchell, singer/songwriter, creator of folk rock opera, Hadestown
ABOUT UNITE Women: UNITE Women (UniteWomen.org) is a national grassroots organization founded in February 2012 to protect and advance women’s rights in all areas of women’s lives across our lifespan. Working with members in all 50 states, we identify our common concerns and develop action programs to address them, in partnership with other groups that share our mission and our vision of a better life for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.
National Endorsers Of UNITE Women (to date) include
Coalition of Labor Union Women · CodePink · Coffee Party USA · Feminist Peace Network · Ihollaback
Katrina vanden Heuvel – Ed. & Publisher, The Nation · National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National League of Latin American Citizens · National Organization for Women
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice