HEALTH CARE JUSTICE NOW: U2K UPDATE
Newsletter of the Universal Health Care 2000 Campaign (U2K)
October 18, 2000 (Issue no. 17)
CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS from CA, CT, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH and RI commit to make
working for universal health care a top priority in the 107th Congress.
Urge your candidates to be LEADERS FOR HEALTH CARE JUSTICE! (See link to web
site for more info.)
Between now and Election Day (Nov. 7), we have an opportunity to engage
candidates for Congress on issues of health care justice. In the process
we have the chance to recruit candidates to join the Congressional Universal
Health Care Task Force and to highlight those candidates who are willing to
stand up as "Leaders for Health Care Justice" and those who are not.
>>> ACTION NEEDED ask your Congressional candidates to become a
"Leader for Health Care Justice." For a copy of the
"Leaders for Health Care Justice" pledge visit the web site, <www.u2kcampaign.org>.
>>> As of 10/16, 25 candidates for Congress have pledged to work for
universal health care and to be "Leaders for Health Care Justice."
Early highlights from HEALTH CARE JUSTICE WEEK, Oct. 13-22
>>Please participate in a Health Care Justice Week event in your
community. For the complete list, <www.u2kcampaign.org>.
A few early highlights from Health Care Justice Week:
The Michigan Universal Health Care Action Network (MichUHCAN) distributed 4,000
bulletin inserts to 15-20 churches across Michigan, which were used on the two
Sundays during Health Care Justice Week. Additionally, MichUHCAN
distributed over 4,000 postcards to their own members and to the over 50 U2K
endorsers in Michigan, which urged candidates to become "Leaders for Health
Care Justice." For more information, contact Margie Mitchell, <email@example.com>.
The Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio) and the nearly 100
endorsers of the U2K Campaign across Ohio held a "Day of Action for
Universal Health Care" in Cleveland, Ohio. With over 200 people in
attendance, UHCAN Ohio gained commitments from 3 Congressional candidates as
well as several candidates for the state legislature to work for universal
health care. The crowd swayed and sang "We Shall Overcome" with
the words, "Health care for us allS" Three TV stations, the local
public radio station and the local newspaper covered the event.
The Coalition for Consumer Justice held a "Honk In for Universal Health
Care" at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. With
over 70 people in attendance, the activists reported a lively response (and a
lot of honking) from the passers-by. CCJ gained media coverage from
several TV stations, the local newspaper, public radio and several radio talk
shows. For more information, contact Arline Bolvin, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The Gray Panthers convinced the Mayor of Austin to proclaim October 13-22 Health
Care Justice Week in Austin, and to urge the citizens to become involved in
working for health care justice. For more information, contact Charlotte
>ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY
Over 35 people attended a press conference and "Speak Out for Health Care
and Democracy" in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC
organized by the Alliance for Democracy and endorsed by the U2K Campaign and
others. The event called for full public financing of elections and for
universal health care. It highlighted the vast and obscene sums of money
that the health care industry spends in campaign contributions and lobbying
expenses to defeat health care reform. Mark Hannay of Metro NY Health Care
for All was so adamant about the need for health care justice he succeeded in
blowing out the speakers at the press conference! Sixteen activists were
arrested in a peaceful, nonviolent demonstration in the Capitol Rotunda as they
unfurled banners and made speeches demanding reform. For more information,
contact Jim Ace, <email@example.com>.