This Thursday evening, May 9, at 6:30 pm, you are invited to a free showing of “The Healthcare Movie”, followed by a brief discussion of how we can organize a Grants Pass community support group for the Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) movement. More information will be provided about HCAO at the meeting.
Hi fellow peaceniks and progressives,
This is just a reminder that the Grants Pass members of Citizens for Peace and Justice gather once a month on the first Thursday, after our Street Rally. Tomorrow, we’ll meet at the Black Forest at 5:30. You’re invited, whether or not you’re able to be at the Street Rally. I hope you can make it.
For a better future world,
We meet again this Thursday in front of the courthouse, with our signs and our bodies and our hopes for a better future, to let our fellow citizens know that we still care and we’re still here, standing against endless wars abroad, and on-going economic and social injustices here at home. The weather should not be too bad. I hope you can make it.
We are particularly energized lately by the effort to restart the campaign to get Health Care for ALL —- at least here in Oregon. The following press release is about the rally in Salem on Monday, Feb 4, in support of that effort. Check out the information and consider joining with several of us who will be getting on the bus that morning to go to the rally there.
See you Thursday,
Salem Rally for Affordable Health Care for All
Contact: Jessica Hoffman email@example.com 541 905 7596
Mike Huntington, MD firstname.lastname@example.org 541-745-5635
On Monday Feb. 4, the first day of the 2013 legislative session, the 61 member organizations of the Health Care for All-Oregon coalition and 20 grassroots groups of local supporters from across the state will rally on the Capitol steps in Salem for Health Care as a Human Right. According to HCAO leaders, the purpose of the rally is to demonstrate the breadth and depth of support for universal health care and for the Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Act, which has been re-introduced in this session by Representative Michael Dembrow (D45). The Act would cover all Oregon residents with no co-payments, deductibles, or premiums and be funded by dedicated taxes, based on ability to pay. Advocates believe that universal health care will result in a healthier population, a more prosperous economy, and a better business environment for the state.
The rally on the Capitol steps will be only part of a very full day of activities planned to inspire and unite HCAO coalition members. Beginning about 10 a.m., teams of marchers carrying signs on behalf of a universal health care system will walk through downtown Salem. Raging Granny singers will greet them back at the Capitol steps at 11:15. At 11:30 the formal rally will begin, led by emcee and rally organizer Jessica Hoffman, chair of the HCAO Mobilization Committee and a health care activist since her student days in the Public Health Department at Oregon State University.
Several individuals will speak at the rally with stories that exemplify personal and business problems due to the current health care system. Among them will be Wes Brain of Ashland, a long-time member and advocate for Jobs with Justice, and the Rev. Joel Miller of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. Music will be supplied throughout the rally by Norman Sylvester, and David Rovics, in addition to the Raging Grannies. Rep. Dembrow will be one of the speakers, as will physician Paul Gorman, nurse Nadine Grzeskowiak and other surprise guests.
We encourage everyone to join us in Salem to raise our voices for legislation which will bring health care for all to Oregon. Participants will be able to meet with their representatives or a member of their representative’s staff in the afternoon.
Local HCAO organizations are arranging ride-sharing and hiring buses. The full rally schedule and information about transportation options are posted at http://hcao.org/feb-rally-for-health-care/ and on the HCAO FaceBook page. Participants are asked to wear red, bring signs and a lunch, and take along rain gear in case of inclement weather
Jessica Hoffman, HCAO rally organizer
It’s the 3rd weekend coming up, when we move our street rally to Saturday at noon instead of Thursday afternoon. But, we’re going to keep it in front of the Courthouse because of the event we plan right after the rally. And, if you can only come for the rally, please do come anyway; we do need to keep up our effort to push for changes in our society, especially the need to refocus our leaders’ on more peaceful and progressive goals.
At 1:00 pm across the street at the UU Fellowship Hall we will meet for a presentation and discussion about mobilizing ourselves and others to help push for Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO). I want to urge you to stay for the meeting if you possibly can. We will be talking about and planning for embarking on an important statewide effort, based on building support from the grassroots up in every community across the state to push for implementing a version of the Affordable Care Act that will include ALL Oregonians, similar to what they did in Vermont (or maybe better). We are fortunate to have some excellent presenters lined up for this meeting, including Wes Brain and Mark Kellenbeck. And, if you know others who are interested in improved health care, please do encourage them to also come to the meeting.
So, come out this Saturday for our next rally and the meeting to follow. Bring your signs and energy and your friends who might be interested in this effort. Below is a link to an excellent video,”Health, Money and Fear”, which does a good job of analyzing our health care system problems and ways to address them. It’s not short, because the situation has a variety of problems, but it is well done. I recommend watching it before we meet.
See you out there, Saturday.
Hi Fellow Activists,
We meet again to remind ourselves and the rest of our community about changes needed to better support peace and justice in our society and in our relations with others. The mass shooting last week in Connecticut is on everyone’s mind. That awful event may at least provide us with the best opportunity in years to make some progress toward more reasonable gun control in our country. So, I want to encourage us to especially consider bringing signs that speak to that issue.
We can’t count on the weather to be too kind to us this time of year, so we’ll just stay for one hour. And, be sure to dress warmly. See you out there. I guess the good news is that after this meeting the daylight time will begin lengthening again for our future rallies.
For peace and justice,