Report by Mike Huntington
Yesterday two HCAO events occurred in Ashland. At the Jefferson Center we had a three-hour session on how to recruit and prepare others to tell their own stories about healthcare, speak persuasively on behalf of universal healthcare, and to lobby legislators regarding bills that HCAO supports. The session was attended by 19 advocates from Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass, Corvallis, Silverton and Portland and was led by West Brain, Jason Houk, Allen Hallmark, Tim Roach, Larry Stewart, Lisa Stiller, Mike Huntington, Lee Mercer, and Gene Uphoff.
The main theme was that we need to know who we are and why we are passionately advocating for single-payer health care reform. We need to know our own story well and tell it well. We need to be able to do that in one minute and include in that minute how our HCAO bills will relieve the problems we and others have faced in our healthcare system. much of the three-hour session with devoted to rehearsing what we would say to others including legislators and gently critiquing each other.
Later in the afternoon and early evening at a separate venue The Healthcare Movie was shown to about 60 people followed by a panel discussion involving the leaders mentioned above. Attendees of both sessions were urged to prepare themselves and others to spread the word and to come to the Capitol in Salem on February 11 for the rally and to talk with their legislators.