HCAO's 2017 Fall Statewide Meeting was Productive
--Benjamin Gerritz, HCAO Vice-President
Ninety-five Health Care for ALL-Oregon member organization representatives and activists came together in Portland on Saturday, October 21 for HCAO's 2017 Fall Statewide Meeting.
The meeting, “Organizing our Movement,” offered an opportunity for attendees to engage in workshops, building upon our organization's strategies for a 2020 vision of an HCAO ballot victory.
Highlights included: an impassioned keynote address by Rachel Prusak (Nurses for Single Payer Vice-President), celebration of building HCAO support within the Episcopal Church, honoring rapid response organizing across Oregon, and HCAO mobilization in new areas such as Tillamook and Bend.
In addition to inspiring speeches, group workshops discussed organizational strategies to establish a path to win Single Payer at the ballot.
A special thank you to Service Employees International Union 503 for donating their union hall as the meeting venue. A special thank you to Muchas Gracias restaurant as well, for donating a significant portion of the meeting's catered lunch, and a huge thank you to our volunteer activists who contributed to a meaningful and productive day in Portland.