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Press coverage of Rally
Demonstrators urge universal single-payer health care system
Changes are underway to change state and federal health care, but hundreds of Oregonians gathered at a rally Monday said they want lawmakers to move further toward establishing a universal single-payer system.
More than 200 people held up protest signs, chanted and even sang at the Capitol’s steps to show their support for such legislation.
Photo gallery (Statesman Journal)
Hundreds rally at Capitol to support universal health care
by Queenie Wong, Statesman Journal
Changes are underway to improve state and federal health care, but hundreds of Oregonians gathered at a rally Monday said they want lawmakers to move further toward establishing a universal single-payer system.
More than 200 people held up protest signs, chanted and even sang at the Capitol’s steps to show their support for legislation that would create a single health care plan to cover those who work or reside in Oregon.
Below is the article from the Gazette Times, also published on HealthCare Now!
Hundreds rally for single-payer health care
By Bennett Hall
SALEM — Hundreds of people from all over Oregon rallied in Salem on the first day of the legislative session to call attention to what they claim is a broken health care system and call on lawmakers to enact reforms.
An estimated 1,000 protesters, many brandishing signs and wearing red “Health Care Is a Human Right” T-shirts, packed the Capitol steps to hear a dozen speakers tell horror stories of out-of-control medical costs and urge support for a single-payer health care bill.
On the road to reform
By Bennett Hall
Demonstrators swap stories of health care battles on bus ride to Salem rally
At 9 o’clock Monday morning, a vintage yellow schoolbus chugged to life in the parking lot of the Corvallis Unitarian Fellowship, the first of two shuttling a contingent of health reform advocates to a demonstration in Salem.
Close to 50 people, most of them over age 60, folded themselves into the narrow rows of straight-backed benches for the hourlong ride up Interstate 5 like a gaggle of gray-haired schoolchildren on a field trip for civics class.
From The Lund Report
Opening Day Crowd Shows Growing Support for Single-Payer
By: Christopher David Gray
February 5, 2013 -- Nearly a thousand people swarmed the front of the Oregon Capitol Building for the opening session Monday, demanding that Oregon become the second state to enact single-payer healthcare legislation, which would set up a government financing system to pay for and provide health care coverage and access for all Oregon residents.
Universal Health Care Advocates Say Insurance Expansion Isn’t Enough
Northwest News Network (includes audio)
SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is working to expand medical coverage under the federal health care overhaul. But advocates of universal health care say it doesn’t go far enough. They rallied on the steps of the state capitol in Salem Monday -- the first day of work for the 2013 legislative session.
Among the rally's speakers was Wes Brain from southern Oregon. He said he has had cancer, and his daughter died of Leukemia four years ago. He believes there were unnecessary barriers for her treatmen
Snapshots from the first day of the 2013 Oregon Legislature
By Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian
February 04, 2013 6:28
Scenes from the first officialday of 2013 Oregon legislative session in Salem on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
(12 total photos)
City Lights Show: Healthcare For All Oregon Salem Rally
Lisa stiller interviews Jennifer Loomis and Dr. Paul Gorman Jan. 30, 2013
Let's Rally in Salem
On February 4, 2013, the first day of the legislative session, Health Care for All – Oregon will be rallying on the capitol steps in Salem to demonstrate the breadth and depth of support for our cause. With a large enough presence, we’ll be able to get our issue on the agenda of the politicians who can move our legislation, increase public knowledge of our movement through the media, and gain additional cosponsors for the bill. This is a tremendous undertaking, and we need your support to make it happen. Can you commit to be there?
Please see Transportation Options (below) to arrange a ride-share or reserve a spot on a bus to Salem.
We’re asking everyone to wear red to show that we’re all there for the same cause, universal, publicly funded comprehensive health care for all. If you know your State House District number before coming to the rally, it will help smooth the sign-in process. You can look up your district here.
We need a lot of volunteers for the rally, and we’d love your help. (See list below.) Please contact us here if you can volunteer and indicate what you’d like to help with.
Red; Bring a Lunch and Your Rain Gear.
Summary and Text of LC 1914
To be introduced in this session by Representative Michael Dembrow (D45)
Schedule for Rally in Salem
Sign In at Room 50 of Capitol Building 9:30 – 10:30
Pre-rally organizing and warm-up 10:30 – 11:30
Rally 11:30 – 12:30
Lobby Training 12:30 – 1:00
Lunch/Lobby 1:00 – 3:00
Closing Plenary and Debrief 3:00 – 3:30
Hour 3:30 –
Transportation options for Feb. 4 Rally
Beaverton and Hillsboro contact Kim Kelly
Contact- Bobbi Hall:
with Salem Bus in subject line.
(If no email, call 541-758-9340, leave name and number for call back).
Contact Ruth Duemler
Bus Riders: Meet at ShopKo parking lot, Coburg Road, Eugene. Free parking near entry next to TacoTime. LTD bus 96 from Eugene Station, 15 min. to ShopKo. Contact Pat Bitner
Carpool to Shopko lot: Meet at Very Little Theatre at E 24th and Hilyard. Carpools will leave by 8:00 am for ShopKo lot. Parking for the day is OK. LTD buses 27, 28, 53, 73. ,
BUS FARE - $10. Make checks to HCAO. TEE SHIRTS w/Health Care is a Human Right logo available for $10. (Highly recommended). Bus loads - 8:15 am, leaves - 8:30 am for Salem Capitol Bldg.
La Grande/Pendleton Contact - Kathy McGuire:
City Joanne Cvar
Portland Contact - Peter Shapiro: Sign up online
Prineville, Redmond and Bend: contact Dave Stranahan
pick-up will be at the Prineville library at 6:30 a.m., Redmond at
Albertsons parking lot at 7:15 a.m. (hope to include Madras people there),
Bend at 7:45 a.m. at the JC Penny parking lot (Cascades Village Mall).
Buses: The Mission Mill museum, 1313 SE Mill St., will allow us to use their parking lot for buses. They are about two-three blocks from the Capitol. They would not want to accommodate carpools or individual cars.
Cars and Car pooling
Best: park at the park and ride on Airport Rd off Hwy 22/Mission St. There is plenty of free parking. It has covered waiting space; the city bus runs every-half hour from there and lets people off right in front of the Capitol ($1.50 each way)
Next best: yellow lot between the Dept. of Revenue and the Congregational Church at 700 Marion. (Between Summer and Winter and Center and Marion St. $6 all day-takes credit cards) 10-hour parking meters around Capitol area clear back to Union St ($.75/hr.?) These may be at a premium with opening day of session
Two-hour free parking around the area, which would require moving the car every two hours (and Salem's "meter maids" are diligent!).
Another alternative is Amtrak for those cities where it stops. The train station is 2-3 blocks from the Capitol. It is union transportation and it would be awesome to have 25-100 people chanting and getting pumped up for the rally, plus they could eat lunch or buy something for lunch on the way.
Volunteer Opportunities For Rally
Please contact us here if you can help, and let us know what you'd like to help with.
Write letter to editor
Call or email local organizations that share common interests
Call or email local radio stations, newspaper, etc.
Hang flyer around community (see hcao.org or mvhca.org for printable flyers)
Arrange a local briefing- with local advocates prior to event to give them details and encourage them to recruit others!
Milk jugs of water for weights on canopies
Signs (encourage each person to bring one)
Volunteers for February 4th
Go To’s (40)- These individuals will be fully prepped on the day’s
activities and will be circulating around to help guide folks and
answer questions. There will be a meeting to brief on day’s
Greeters (20)- Will be assigned a position (i.e. rm 50, bus parking lot, capitol steps, etc.)
Set Up Crew (20)- Arrive early at 8 am to help set up for the day.
Breakfast Arrangements (3)- Get donations from local grocers for coffee, fruit, snacks, etc.
Clean Up Crew (20)- Post rally clean up. Ensure all items get back to rightful owners.
Security Officials (5)- People who are available to take action in the event there is an issue.
Petition/Survey Tabling Coordinator and Team (4)-
T-Shirts/Buttons/Bumper Stickers Tabling Coordinator and Team (4)-
March Leaders (4)- Lead the group on the march around the capitol.
March Cabooses (4)- Follow
Costumes Coordinator and Team (15)-
Sign Makers - We will need anyone who can to make a sign and bring one.
Sign Distributors and Collectors (4)-
Chant Producers (4)- If you have an idea for a chant for the march send it to Jess Hoffman.
Chant Distributors and Collectors (8)
Fundraising envelopes (distribution and collection) (10)-
Schedule Appointments with Legislators (one from each organization)-