This tribute video to Peg Franzen was shown on Human Rights Day December 10, 2013, at an event entitled "Celebrating the Growing Healthcare is a Human Right Movement: An evening in honor of Vermont human rights leader Peg Franzen." The event, hosted by NESRI and the Poverty Initiative, was held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City and celebrated the growing movement for health care as a public good and human right. During the evening Laura Flanders of GRITtv facilitated a dialogue about innovative campaigns going beyond Obamacare, pioneered in Vermont, Maine, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Peg Franzen, former president of the Vermont Workers' Center, was one of the Healthcare Is a Human Right movement's most inspiring human rights leaders and exemplified the power of the people to effect change. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign made Vermont the first state in the country to pass a law for a universal, publicly financed health care system.
For more information about Peg Franzen's life, visit workerscenter.org. For more information about the Healthcare Is A Human Right movement, visit workerscenter.org and nesri.org.
Video footage provided by Vermont Workers' Center and VTDIGGER.ORG. Video edited by NESRI interns Melissa Crisco and Bing Wang.