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HEALTH CARE JUSTICE WEEK AND
CANDIDATE ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

(last updated 11/08/2000 )

Further contact information is available at (www.u2kcampaign.org/com_steering.htm)

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Activities Sponsored by State and Local Groups

ALABAMA
  • postcard/letter writing campaign
  • delegations to candidates
  • questions to candidates at public appearances

10/11 - 6:30 pm: Meeting to engage in letter-writing to candidates and to plan a delegation to candidates - Church of the Reconciler, 312 18th St N, Birmingham

State contact: Jessie Tehranchi, AL Arise Health Care Caucus, jtehranchi@mindspring.com

CALIFORNIA

10/7 - 12:30 pm: Public forum on universal health care (candidates invited) - ILWU Local 34 Union Hall, 4 Berry Street (corner of 2nd and King), San Francisco

10/19 - 6:30 pm: Candlelight vigil for the uninsured, sponsored by the American Medica Student Association, University of CA-Berkeley Chapter - Steps of Sproul Hall, University of CA-Berkeley

State Contact: Don Bechler, Health Care for All California, <dbechler@value.net>

CONNECTICUT
  • Letter writing campaign
  • Workshops in Jewish faith communities during Health Care Justice Week

9/23: Meeting with the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats, Wesleyan University, Middletown

9/28: Meeting with Greater New Haven Labor Council-New Haven Federation of Teachers, Retiree Chapter, New Haven

10/11: Presentation to the Social Action Committee of Temple Mishkan Israel, Hamden

10/12 - 9:15 am: Presentation about expanding Medicare on WQUN, 1220 AM

10/13 - 8:00 pm: Health Care Justice Week kick-off with a performance by Oscar Brand at the CT Folk Fest

10/13: Concert by Oscar Brand at the Yale Divinity School

10/14 - 10:00 am: Presentation to Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, East Haven Town Beach House

10/16: Participation on a panel addressing Medicare - local cable access, Cable 28

10/17: Press conference to call for expanding Medicare to cover prescription drug coverage - featuring state representatives - Danbury Senior Center, 80 Main Street, Danbury (Contact: Stacy Zimmerman, CT Citizen Action Group, <stacey@ccag.net>)

10/21: Rally to end child poverty in CT (Contact: 860/257-9782 for reservations)

11/8: Meeting of CT Call to Action

State contact: Naomi Shaiken, CT Call to Action, <nshaiken@snet.net>

DELAWARE
  • CHIP Presentations
  • Children's Health Care Week

10/13 - 10/22: "Children's Health Care Week," sponsored by the Mayor of Lewis, raising issue of universal health care in that week

On-going: Presentations to raise enrollment in Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at schools in the Capehenlope School District

State Contact: Hal Wallach, Sussex County Health Care Coalition, <backspin@starpower.net

FLORIDA
  • Rally for universal health care during Health Care Justice Week
  • Postcard/letter writing campaign
  • Participation in marches for campaign finance reform (highlighting influence of health care industry)
  • Workshops with Florida Council of Churches

9/18: Presentation of U2K to Altrusa International of No. Pinellas County

9/19: Week of faith and justice presentations to Religious Community Services of Pinellas County; packets for faith leaders provided for delegate members of RCS

9/27 & 28: "Health and the Faith Community" workshop at Florida Council of Churches state meeting at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg; packets provided for religious leaders; packets provided for attendees to take to candidates 

10/11 - 5:30 pm: League of Women Voters Candidates Forum - Largo - health care advocates planning participation

10/21: Older Women's League (OWL) of Pinellas County - Norm Bunker speaking and leading senior women in discussion of medical and security issues

10/21: "Fairness Fair" - 1:00 - 3:30 pm - First United Methodist Church -  Old fashioned rally with candidates and organizations on the "soap box" for issues related to health care reform and campaign finance reform (Co-sponsored by Florida Consumer Action Network and Florida Health Care for All)

10/21: Public forum on affordable prescription drug coverage, with representatives from Democratic and Republican parties invited - Freedom Village Senior Center, Sarasota (Contact: Becky Martin, Mannasota UHCAN, <martappr@gte.net>)

10/22: Health care emphasis at the Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalist congregation in Odessa; "Who Lives, Who Dies?" workshop led by Eileen Jacobs and others; worship service led by O'Neal Jacobs and others addressing the theme "Who Cares?"

10/25: Gathering in Polk County for universal health care supporters and presentation of the "final push" for election day

10/25: Workshop on universal health care, Unitarian Universalist Church in Lakeland

State contact: Eileen Jacobs, FL Health Care for All, <eileenoneal@webtv.net>

ILLINOIS
  • Candidate questionnaire, with responses posted on web site
  • Follow-up with candidates during Health Care Justice Week
  • Fourteen forums sponsored by the Illinois Universal Health Care Campaign (IU2K) and the IL Council of Churches on health care issues across the state
  • Engagement of churches in health care justice worship and study activities

CANDIDATE FORUMS

 9/6  7:00 pm  St. Gregory's Church  Deerfield
 9/12  7:00 pm  Westminster Presbyterian Church  Rockford
 9/19  3:30 pm  First Baptist Church  Rock Island
 9/26  7:00 pm  First English Lutheran Church  Peoria
 10/3  7:00 pm  First Christian Church  Bloomington
 10/10  7:00 pm  St. Paul United Church of Christ  Belleville
 10/17  7:00 pm  Faith Temple AME Church  Springfield
 10/17  7:00 pm  St. Charles Borrameo Catholic Church  Charleston
 10/23  4:30-6:00 pm  Libertyville Civic Center  Libertyville
 10/24  7:00 pm  St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church  Carbondale
 10/28  1:00-3:00 pm  Prairie State College  Chicago Hts

Throughout the campaign: 4000+ members of the Illinois Conference of Churches urged to engage in worship and study activities focusing on the moral dimension of health care insecurity - packets mailed to all churches include worship bulletin insert, adult discussion guide, policy statement and more  (Contact: Illinois Conference of Churches, < ILCOCH@juno.com >)

10/19 - 4:00 pm: Candidate Forum and Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Danny Davis and other candidates

11/1: Candidate Forum and Town Hall Meeting with Congresswoman Jan Schakowski and other candidates

10/23:  Public forum featuring Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for a national Health Program, Homewood, IL (Contact: Bud Wintroub, Gray Panthers of South Suburban Chicago, <zangwill@aol.com>)

State contacts: Michelle Mascaro, IL Universal Health Care 2000 Campaign (IU2K) and Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care <cbhc@enteract.com>; Stephanie Lawrence, IL Conference of Churches, 217/698-3440 or <ILCOCH@juno.com>

INDIANA
  • Letter-writing campaign
  • Letters to the editor
  • Legislative forum

10/16 - 9:30-11:30 am: Legislative Forum sponsored by Church Women United of Indianapolis to include elder health care as one of four issues to be addressed; Speaker: Ed Tangman of United Senior Action; CWU groups from the eight counties surrounding Indianapolis are invited; St. Mark Catholic Church, corner of US 31 and Edgewood in Indianapolis (Contact: Marian Towne, 317/253-7973)

Health Care Justice Week: Letters to the editors of newspapers sent by organizations involved in the Indiana Task Force on Health Care Issues

State contact: Julia Vaughn, <jvaughn@citact.org

MARYLAND

10/11: Presentation to the Frederick County Rotary

10/12: Presentation to the Health Officers of Maryland

10/15: Health Care Justice emphasis in worship service - St. James United Methodist Church, West Friendship - Preaching: Rev. Jackson Day, Director, Health and Wholeness Ministries, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

10/17: Press release announcing that Prince George's County will sign the "Declaration of Health Care Independence" and endorse the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative

10/19: Presentation to the Washington County Council of Churches

10/21: Strategies meeting for HMO accountability in the Medicare program, Rockville (Contact: Rose Marie Flynn, <gpanther@CapAccess.org>)

10/22 - 10:00 am: Health Care Justice emphasis in worship service - Christ United Methodist Church, Columbia - Preaching: Rev. Jackson Day, Director, Health and Wholeness Ministries, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

10/26: Presentation to the Central Maryland Labor Council

State contact: Vinnie DeMarco, Director, Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, <demarco@mdinitiative.org>

MASSACHUSETTS

10/2 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Senior Issues Summit and Rally, organized by the Massachusetts Senior Action Council - IBEW 103 Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Boston (Contact: Mass Senior Action Council, 617/350-6722)

10/18 - 11:30 am-1:00 pm: Demonstration for the "Vote Yes on Issue 5" Ballot Initiative Campaign to enact universal health care in Massachusetts - Blue Cross/Blue Shield Headquarters, 100 Summer Street, Boston (Contact: "YES on 5" Campaign, <info@questionfive.org>)

10/21 - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon: Public forum: "Health Care Common Sense - Rx for Our Sick System" - JFK Middle School cafeteria, Bridge Road, Florence (Contact: Franklin/Hampshire Health Care Coalition, 617/586-0345)

State contact: Linda Stamm, Massachusetts Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care, <MassCare@aol.com

MICHIGAN
  • Public rally and march
  • Health Care Justice worship services
  • Post card/letter writing campaign
  • Candidate delegations
  • Legislative luncheon
  • Worship bulletin inserts in worship services 

9/25: Legislative luncheon with candidates for state office, with focus on Michigan legislation for universal health care

Labor Day: Participation in Labor Day Parade, table at Labor Fest

10/21: Participation in march sponsored by Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

State contact: Margie Mitchell, Michigan Universal Health Care Action Network (MichUHCAN), <mjmitchell@ameritech.net>

MINNESOTA
  • Letter writing campaign to candidates for Congress urging them to join the Congressional Universal Health Care Task Force; mobilizing other organizations to engage in letter writing campaigns

State contact: Paula Fynboh, Organizer, Minnesota COACT, 615/645-3733

MISSOURI
  • Candidate forums
  • Questions for candidates at public appearances
  • Letter writing campaign
  • Public forum
  • Media engagement
  • Candidate delegation
  • Educational forums

10/1 & 10/8: Adult education forums on the problems and solutions of the health care crisis ; Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles

10/2: Participation in candidate forum sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, Missouri Chapter

10/10: Participation in public forum on health issues sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Missouri, focused on health care disparities in the minority community, lack of access to dental and mental health care

10/17: Public review of presidential candidates on television (Contact: Gene Schwartz, Americans for Democratic Action, St. Louis Chapter, 314/645-4699)

Health Care Justice Week: A 1/2 page advertisement in newspapers in Columbia, MO, listing over 30 endorsers of U2K, and calling on candidates to take a stand for universal health care (Contact: Mary Hussman, Mid-Missourians for Universal Single-Payer Health Care, <mary.hussman@gateway.net>)

Health Care Justice Week: Eden Theological Seminary (UCC) - three Chapel services focusing on faith issues that compel people of faith to act to bring about health care for all God's people (Contact: Sheryl Cross, ETS Parish Nurse, <scross@eden.edu>)

Throughout the campaign: Lutheran churches (ELCA) urged to engage in worship and study activities focusing on the moral dimension of health care insecurity - packets of information mailed to all churches (Contact: Gloria Weber, <gloweb@swbell.net>)

State contact: Anne Steele, Missourians for Single-Payer Health Care (MoSP), <abs4k@aol.com>.

MONTANA
  • Letter-writing campaign
  • Public forum

9/29 - 9/30: Montana People's Summit - five workshops including a panel discussion of the health care crisis in Montana and nationwide

State contact: Tom Huddleston, Montana Community-Labor Alliance, <thud@in-tch.com>.

NEVADA
  • Public forum
  • Postcard/letter writing campaign

10/14 - 10:00 am: Public forum, "Quality Health Care for All Nevadans," co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Nevada - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Humanities Bldg., Rm. 101

Contact: Ruth Mills, NV Health Care Reform Project, <MillsR007@aol.com>

NEW JERSEY
  • Press Conference
  • Candidate delegations
  • Letter writing campaign

Health Care Justice Week: Letter-writing campaign and health care forum - First Presbyterian and Trinity Presbyterian Church, So. Orange (Contact: Chuck Rawlings, <crawling@bellatlantic.net>)

10/19 -11:30 am: Press conference to release the results of a health care survey sent to all 75 candidates running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, location TBA 

State contacts: John Glasel, NJ Health Care for All, <j.glasel@worldnet.att.net> and Chuck Rawlings, <crawling@bellatlantic.net>

NEW MEXICO
  • Candidate delegations
  • Collection of signatures

10/5: Presentation of 1600 signatures gathered in support of HR 664 to Congresswoman Heather Wilson's office; highlighted with helium-filled balloons carrying the message, "Rx drug prices are going sky-high!" and "Rep. Wilson, just say yes to HR 664 - Albuquerque

State Contact: Rose Shaw, Gray Panthers of Greater Albuquerque, <emilshaw@rt66.com>

NEW YORK
  • Voter registration drive
  • Candidate delegations
  • Candidate forums

Week of 9/18: Town hall meeting/public hearing, organized with Council of Religious Leaders of New York

9/23: Advocacy Training Workshop in religious congregations, including planning events during Health Care Justice Week

9/26: Day of action sponsored by Jobs with Justice; protest of effects of globalization, with a focus on the privatization of health care

Mid-October: Release of mental health community survey regarding access to and parity of mental health services, organized with the help of Rescue Health Care Day supporters

10/11 - 1:00 pm: "Medicare Managed Care: Success or Failure?" forum featuring Laurel Hixon Illston of the Commonwealth Fund on a recent CF study of the "Medicare+Choice" program - sponsored by the Women's City Club - WCC offices, 35 E. 21st Street, 7th Floor, Manhatten - call 212/353-8070 to register (seating limited)

10/12 - 5:00 pm: "Making Prescription Drugs Affordable" - featuring Rep. Major Owens, Maine State Senate Speaker Chellie Pingree, NY State Assembly member Richard Gottfried, David Jaffe (Counsel to NYS Senator John Marchi), and Lani Sanjek (NY Statewide Senior Action Council) - sponsored by the Public Health Association of NYC, at Hunter College School of Social Work, 129 E. 79th Street, in Manhattan - call 212/666-4001 for information

10/15: Health Care Forum featuring candidates for Congress in the 26th Congressional District - State University of NY, New Paltz, NY (Contact: Art Richter, Citizens for Universal Health Care of the Mid-Hudson Valley, <arricht@attglobal.net>)

10/16 - 9:30 am: "Speaking Up Abou Hospitals: A Crisis in Caring and Quality" - advocacy forum featuring Caren Catinella (Best Friends), Anne Anderson, Art Levin (Center for Medical Consumers), Valentina Judge (SEIU), Marcia Hurst (Sarah Lawrence College), and Mike Burgess (NY Statewide Senior Action Council) - sponsored by the Rose Kryzak Action Alliance, at the Community Church of NY, 40 E. 35th Street in Manhatten, call 212/316-9393 for information and reservations

10/17 - 10:00 am: Roundtable on Insurance Benefit Issues for Adults with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities - convened by the Everyday Voices on Health Project for members and allies of New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage - call 212-367-1240 for registration and location information

10/17 - 10:30 am: Rally to Demand Prescription Drugs Coverage for Medicare - sponsored by Citizen Action of New York as part of a national day of action with coordinated events in other cities - Steps of City Hall, New York City (Contact: Christi Margelli, 800/636-2455 x 115)

10/18 - 10:00 am: "Universal Health Care: Getting Ready for the Next Go-Round" - monthly meeting of the senior program at Greenwich Community House, 27 Barrow Street in Manhattan - guest speaker Mark Hannay (Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign) - contact Stan or Carmen at 212/741-2231

10/18 - 1:00 pm: "Health Care, Income Security, and Aging" - meeting of the "Senior Public Policy Forum" of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies - guest speaker Mark Hannay (Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign) - call 212/777-4800 X341 for more information about the class and how to become involved in SPPF

10/18 - 5:00 pm: Candlelight Vigil for the Uninsured sponsored by the American Medical Student Association, Physicians for a National Health Program-NYC, and Rescue Health Care-NYC - reception at 5 pm at NYU Medical Center, outside Farkas Auditorium, 1st Avenue and 31st Street, followed by vigil beginning at 5:30 pm across from Bellevue Hospital, 1st Avenue and 27th Street in Manhattan (Contact: Mark Hannay, 718/694-8290 x44)

10/18 - 6:00 pm: Speak-out for health care practitioners and consumers on how mental health treatment is eroded by for-profit managed care - Hunter School of Social Work, New York City (Contact: Marianne Jackson, Co-Chair, Rescue Health Care Day, New York City, <mjack4610@aol.com>)

10/19 - 5:00 pm: Public Health Association of NYC Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner - at NYU's Bobst Library - $75 cocktails and dinner, $20 awards ceremony (at 7:00 pm), RSVP by Oct. 10 - (Contact: Public Health Association of NYC, 212/666-4001 or <info@phanyc.org>)

10/22 - 1:30 pm: Candidates Forum on Disability Issues - sponsored by Disabled in Action of Metro NY - at the Associated Blind, 135 W. 23rd Street in Manhattan (Contact: Disabled in Action of Metro NY, 212/260-0423)

10/23 - 10/25: Bus trip to Canada for Affordable Medicines for Medicare consumers with high prescription drug prices - trip to Montreal to purchase medicines at lower costs - sponsored by the NY Network for Action on Medicare and Public Citizen - no cost for travel, lodgings, or meals in Montreal (Call 212/316-9393 or 212/273-5262 for information and reservations ASAP)

10/24 - 7:30 pm: "The Four Phases of For-Profit Medicine," a forum featuring Howard Berline, ScD, Professor of Health Policy at the New School University - sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program-NYC, Public Health Association of NYC, and the Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign - at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Uion Square East, 2nd Floor Conference Center Auditorium, in Manhattan

10/26 - 8:30 am - 12 noon: "Action for Health Care Conference" on universal health care, prescription drug issues and Medicaid issues - State University of New York at Farmingdale, Little Theater at Knapp Hall - Co-sponsored by the Long island Coalition for a National Health Plan (Contacts: Nicole Drinkwater or Marie O'Donnell at Suffolk Community Council, 613/348-4040)

State contact: Mark Hannay, Metro New York Health Care for All, <metrohealth@igc.org>

OHIO
  • Candidate forum
  • Postcard/letter writing campaign to gain candidate pledges
  • Public rally
  • Health fair
  • Letters to the editor
  • Worship services
  • Adult education forums

9/30: Speaking engagement with the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter, Holiday Inn, Cleveland

10/3: Town Hall Meeting: "Making Prescription Drugs Affordable for All" 11:00 a.m. - Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 3666 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland  (Contact: John Gallo, Cleveland AFL-CIO Retiree Council, 216/881-7200)

10/11: Participation in "Meet the Candidates" night, Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus (Contact: <uhcanohio@ee.net>)

Health Care Justice Week: Letter-writing campaign to Congress people in Ohio from eleven orders of women religious of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese

10/14 & 10/15: Health care justice focus at Annunciation Church services - Invited homilist: Diane Lardie, Director of the Universal Health Care Action Network

10/15: "Day of Action for Universal Health Care" -  Congregational workshops in morning and afternoon publicizing candidate pledges; Pilgrim Congregational Church, Cleveland (Contact: Athena Godet-Calogeras, <uhcanoh@apk.net>)

10/15: Health care justice emphasis in worship (10:00 am) and adult study (11:15 am) at Heights Christian Church, Shaker Heights (Contact: Gary Walling, <garywalling@heightschristianchurch.org>)

10/15 -10:00 am: Adult Education Forum focusing on health care justice; Noble Road Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights; Speaker:  Rachel DeGolia, U2K Campaign Coordinator

10/15 - 2:00-5:00 pm: Pax Christi USA "Bread Not Stones" bus tour, a national campaign calling for the redirection of exorbitant military spending towards social needs such as health care - Lincoln Park and Pilgrim United Church of Christ, West 14th Street in Tremont (Contact: Ian Heisey, 216/961-9902)

10/17 - 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm: Panel discussion and public forum on access to health care, as part of National Primary Care Week, sponsored by the American Medical Student Association, Case Western Reserve University Chapter (Contact: Denise Cope, <dnc2@po.cwru.edu>)

10/18: Participation in "Meet the Candidates" night, Congregation Beth Tikvah, 6121 Olentangy River Road, Worthington (Contact: Cathy Levine, <uhcanohio@ee.net>)

10/22: Cleveland's major newspaper, The Plain Dealer, prints article written by Sr. Jane Pank and supported by the 1500 members of the Catholic orders of women religious in Northeastern Ohio 

10/26 -  6:00 pm: Public forum on health care issues in the elections - sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland; Speaker: Diane Lardie, Director of Universal Health Care Action Network (Contact: Denise Cope, <dnc2@po.cwru.edu>) 

10/26: Participation in "Meet the Candidates" night, Temple Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany (Contact: <uhcanohio@ee.net>)

State contact: Larry Bresler, Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, <lbresler@uhcan.org>)

PENNSYLVANIA

10/22 -1:00 - 4:00 pm: "The Road to Universal health Care: Mapping the Route," a forum, discussion and planning session, American Friends Service Committee, 15th and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia (Contact: Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Health Care of Philadelphia, <phillyhealth@hotmail.com>)

10/22: Public forum on universal health care (Contact: Tim Lachman, Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Health Care of Philadelphia, <lachman@pobox.penn.edu>)

11/4: Walk for Universal Health Care (Contact: Larry Browne, Ad Hoc Committee to defend Health Care of Philadelphia, <LTBMD@aol.com>)

State Contact: Harold Cohen, <kbatt@ccp.cc.pa.us

RHODE ISLAND
  • Delegations to candidates
  • Questions to candidates at public appearances
  • Street theater
  • Delegations to candidates
  • Display at health fair
  • Letter-writing campaign
  • Phone call campaign

10/13 - 12 noon: Conference at Kennedy Plaza, kick-off for "RI U2K" and Health Care Justice Week

10/14 - 10/15: Tabling and literature distribution at the Newport Peace Festival, Newport

10/17 and 10/19: Speaking engagements and letter-writing campaigns

10/20: Candidate forum sponsored by the Rhode Island Heart Association, Providence

10/21: Candlelight vigil highlighting needs of the uninsured

State contact: Arline Bolvin, Coalition for Consumer Justice, <consumerj@surfree.com>

TENNESSEE

9/24: Signing of the "Call for Health Care Justice" for faith community leaders - Grace Church, United Church of Christ, Crossville

10/12: October 13-22 proclaimed to be Health Care Justice Week for the city of Austin by Mayor Kirk Watson - citizens urged to join him in "recognizing that access to health care is a concern for all Americans... and that the Universal Health Care 2000 Campaign (U2K) has begun a campaign calling for health care for all..."

10/1: Signing of the "Call for Health Care Justice" for faith community leaders, Pleasant Hill Community Church, United Church of Christ, Pleasant Hill

State contact: Dick Braun, Tennessee Health Care Campaign and United Church of Christ Health Health Care Task Force, <dtbraun@usit.net

TEXAS
  • Candidate delegations
  • Public Forum

9/10 - 2:00 pm: Public forum - "Campaign Finance and the Health Care System: How Money Dominates the System" - St. Edwards University, Jones Auditorium, Ragsdale Center, Austin, Texas

10/19 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Health Care Justice Week tabling to highlight health care injustices, and encourage passers-by to fill out post cards urging Congress people to work for universal health care - 6th and Congress, Austin, TX

State contact: Charlotte Flynn, Gray Panthers of Austin, <wbillflynn@aol.com>.

WASHINGTON

10/2 - 7:30 pm: Participation in League of Women Voters forum - Seattle First Baptist Church, Harvard and Seneca, Seattle (Call 206/329-4848 for information)

10/3 - 7 pm:  Health Care Justice Speak-Out to highlight, through testimony and commentary, the need for reform of the health care system

10/5 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Participation in "Legislative Forum 2000: Critical Issues in Long Term Care" - Mount Zion Baptist Church, 19th Avenue and E. Madison, Seattle

10/17: Leadership breakfast for labor union leaders, sponsored by the Just Health Care Coalition of Washington State - featuring a presentation on why labor unions should work for health care justice

10/21 - 10:30 - 11:30 am: "Presidential Election Forum," a panel and discussion on how progressives decide to vote in a presidential election that offers few real choices - Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue, N., Rm 223, Wallingford

State contact: Craig Salins, Just Health Care Coalition of Washington, <craigsalins@compuserve.com>

WASHINGTON, DC

9/16 - 9/18: "Surviving to Thriving" - A conference on activism and welfare rights, including a workshop on health care reform, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless, National Association of Child Advocates and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. (Contact: Ted Steege, Associate for Public Policy, Unitarian Universalist SErvice committee, <tsteege@uuscdc.org>)

10/14: Rally and Demonstration - "Speak-Out on Health Care and Democracy" - 2:00 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda - Sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy to address the need for a major overhaul of both the campaign finance system and the health care system, and the difficulty of achieving the latter without first achieving the former. (Nonviolence training and action preparation Friday evening, 10/13, and Saturday morning, 10/14 (Contacts: Jim Ace, Alliance for Democracy, <jamesace@earthlink.net>, or Randy Kehler, <randyk@javanet.com>)

WISCONSIN
  • Delegations to candidates
  • Public forum

9/26: Participation in demonstration organized by the Milwaukee Labor Council, Milwaukee

9/28: Public forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of WI; "Health Care for All: Fitting Together the Pieces of the Health Care Puzzle"

10/3: Participation in public forum on health care issues sponsored by the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, Ashland

10/3: 600-person rally for universal health care in Milwaukee coordinated by Wisconsin Citizen Action (Contact: Darcy Haber, <dchaber@itis.com>)

State contact: Marjorie Colson, Coalition for Wisconsin Health, <marjie@merr.com>

WYOMING

9/25: Presentation to Church Women United of Wyoming about the U2K Campaign

State contact: Diane Arnold, Board Member, Community Action of Cheyenne, 307/477-3446

Activities Sponsored by National Groups

ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY

10/14: Rally and Demonstration - "Speak-Out on Health Care and Democracy" - 2:00 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda - Sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy to address the need for a major overhaul of both the campaign finance system and the health care system, and the difficulty of achieving the latter without first achieving the former. (Nonviolence training and action preparation Friday evening, 10/13, and Saturday morning, 10/14 (Contacts: Jim Ace, Alliance for Democracy, <jamesace@earthlink.net>, or Randy Kehler, <randyk@javanet.com>)

AMSA (American Medical Student Association)

10/18 - 5:30 pm: Candlelight vigil to highlight the needs of the uninsured - Bellevue Hospital, New York City

10/19 - 6:30 pm: Candlelight vigil for the uninsured, sponsored by the American Medica Student Association, University of CA-Berkeley Chapter - Steps of Sproul Hall, University of CA-Berkeley

Presentations at Chapter Meetings:

  • 10/18: AMSA Chapter at Mayo Medical School, Rochester, NY
  • 10/19: AMSA Chapter at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • 10/20: AMSA Chapter at University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • 10/23: AMSA Chapter at University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • 10/24: AMSA Chapter at University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • 10/25: AMSA Chapter at Creighton University, Omaha

Contact: Josh Rising, AMSA Legislative Affairs Director, <lad@www.amsa.org>

CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

"A Call for Health Care Justice," the sign-on letter for faith leaders, is circulating among Disciples with the help of the Disciples Homeland Ministries Rapid Response, their justice alert list serve (Contact: Jane Lawrence: <jlawrenc@dhm.disciples.org>)

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

All CWU state chapter presidents have been urged to sign "A Call for Health Care Justice," the sign-on letter for faith leaders and to invite their local pastors to sign, as well. (Contact: Tiffany Heath, <tlheath@churchwomen.org>)

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

"A Call for Health Care Justice," the sign-on letter for faith leaders, is circulating among UCC congregations and leaders through a mailing sent to several thousand health care justice advocates (Contact: Barbara Baylor, Minister for Health and Welfare Programs, <baylorb@ucc.org>)

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

"A Call for Health Care Justice," the sign-on letter for faith leaders, is circulating among Methodist churches through a mailing sent to several thousand health care justice advocates (Contact:  Jackson Day, UMC Director of Health and Wholeness Ministries, <JDay@umc-gbcs.org>)

USACTION

Early October: Town Hall meetings with candidates for congressional and state offices on prescription drug coverage

Contact: Wendy Wray, Field Organizer, USAction, <wray@usaction.org

    

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