Sanders to speak in Bennington Friday

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BENNINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Bennington on Friday to speak on his Medicare for All proposal and healthcare as a human right. Sanders will be joining activist Ady Barkan, of the Be A Hero Fund, at a meeting of Rights and Democracy of Bennington, scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 200 Pleasant St.

Barkan has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and hopes to make a difference in the time he has left. His Be a Hero Fund, a project of the Center for Popular Democracy, is working to elect Democratic candidates who will protect health care programs like Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

Residents are asked to join in support of health care reform, raising the minimum wage, paid family leave and racial justice, Rights and Democracy said in a press release.

Other scheduled speakers will include James Haslam, Vickie Lampron and Mary Gerisch from Rights and Democracy; Sarah Lauderville from Vermont Center for Independent Living; and Jennifer Flynn Walker from the Center for Popular Democracy.

Sanders also will appear with Barkan at noon Friday at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro.— Banner staff


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