News from Around the State
Edie Orner reports that the Albany group showed Now is the Time at the library, with 38 attending. The next meeting will plan summer events.
Helen McGovern: Many thanks to Tessa, Susan, June and Nadine for helping to table at the Saturday Market. We are definitely seeing a shift in belief systems.
On July 15 the Linn County Democrats are asking us to do a honk and wave with them for health care. Even if you can only be there an hour, we need to support other groups who are supporting us.
HCAO Marion County
Lee Mercer thanks the Marion County chapter for arranging the June 10 Membership meeting lunch. In addition, they screened Big Pharma, the Richard Master film, with over 100 attending, including Rep. Rob Nosse, who discussed the pharma bill now pending in the Oregon llegislature.
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
Mike reports that MVHCA organizers are planning to implement the local Health Ministry project with UCC congregations in other areas of the state that are just getting going.
Richard Master appeared locally, and he met with business leaders. There will be an effort to work at the county level as well as the city level.
Mike Huntington 541-745-5635 541-829-1182
HCAO Klamath County
Julie Ryder attended her first Membership meeting and is working to get others involved. She will try to schedule a showing of films. She reports: Today I attended Senator Jeff Merkley’s Town Hall in Klamath Falls. I usually don’t like to wear clothes with advertising, but I chose to wear my new HCAO Rosie t-shirt AND my “Nurses for Single Payer” pin. I now have a new respect for wearing identifying clothing: my number was not called to allow me to ask my question of Senator Merkley, but I sat just a few feet from him, and I know he got my message! Then (also because of the shirt), as the Town Hall was dispersing, I was approached by a couple interested in getting involved in HCAO. Our conversation was interrupted by a television reporter from NewsWatch 12 (local ABC channel) who asked the three of us for an interview, which she said would be aired that evening.
WOW! Great exposure, unexpectedly!
ORA Health Care Reform Action Team and Union County Progressives
The Union County showing of the Now is the Time film and panel discussion on June 1 at Cook Memorial Library was a roaring success. The community room was full with people standing in the back and along the sides. The film received a rousing round of applause! Thanks to the great group of people from ORA Health Care Reform Action Team, Union County Democrats and Union County Progressives (sponsoring organizations) that planned, promoted and produced this two-hour community presentation. Special thanks to our panelists Gene Uphoff, MD; Kathy Phister-Minogue, Retired MSN; Rebecca Tilley, RN Surgical Nurse; Steve Clement, La Grande City Mayor; and Moderator Thorman Hulse.
We all know that what the Senate is proposing is disastrous! The "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" is full of "no care" and projected to cause 220 unnecessary deaths in Rep. Walden's Congressional District 2 (our district) -- these will be members of our families, our friends and neighbors! Join us on June 30, 5 p.m., at Rep. Greg Walden’s La Grande Office--bring tombstones--music, chants, and tombstones to support health care! Wear black or bandages if you wish. On June 27, 6:30 p.m., make your tombstone at the Union County Progressives Meeting - St. Peters Episcopal Church - cardboard provided. Bring scissors, box knife, paint, brushes, wide markers if you can. Some provided!Cheryl Simpson Mobile–541-663-6468
Florence's chapter has reserved the Bromley Room in the Siuslaw Public Library, Sunday July 16, to show Big Pharma. Doors open 12:30 p.m.. Show starts at 1:30 p.m.. FREE admission. All are welcome. A discussion will follow the film, with health professionals and local health care advocates and time for audience participation.
Contact Stuart Henderson, 541 997 2997
The Lincoln County Democratic Precinct Committee has offered to table for HCAO at the Lincoln County Fair in August; we need tabling materials and volunteers to help out with shifts. Contact Joanne Cvar.
Kathy Filips reports attendance is improving, and there’ll be tabling at the Country Fair and at other venues to gather signatures. A speaker from Our Revolution spoke to the group and has an event they can table at. They’re developing a phone tree. Mike Huntington reports that HCAO has been allowed to speak for an hour at the July 7 Country Fair in Veneta; he is seeking speakers and musicians.
HCAO Rogue Valley
Joe Graff and Sandra Coyner report that they showed the Big Pharma movie at the chapter meeting on June 2, with16 people watching. Also, the Ashland Unitarian Fellowship is showing the movie on June 8. We plan to participate in the Ashland July 4 Parade and hope to share a booth with others afterward, still TBD.
HCAO Clackamas County
Karen Baker reports that Clackamas County is invigorated,and is meeting the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. On 6/21 and 7/19, we are meeting at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 710 6th St, Oregon City. They’ll be looking for roles for volunteers, and working on Milwaukie, Wilsonville, Clackamas County and Oregon City local resolutions. They are connecting with the Faith Caucus about getting churches on board. The group will have a table at the Oregon City First City Celebration on Saturday, July 22, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Contact Karen Baker, 503.789.9925.
Hyung Nam is organizing tabling for HCAO at the 3rd annual Community Care Festival of the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) on July 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free food and entertainment, as well as social services, neighborhood resources and civic engagement information,also the Lions' Health Screening Mobile Unit. Hyung will sign up for HCAO and be the coordinator for this. Please sign up for shifts, especially to begin, since Hyung would have to be there on the phone for the board meeting from 10-12 that day.
HCAO Washington County
Yuriko Lee reports that the Washington County group is now meeting every 3rd Wednesday night for the rest of the year except for November, 6-8 p.m. in the Cathy Stanton Conference Room at the Beaverton Library. They had a large group with several new faces at their meeting on June 21, and agreed to participate in the Beaverton Parade in September. She says they did walk at the parade a few years ago and we had statewide people join us..