Save Our Health Care Rally in Corvallis:
Report by Mike Huntington
Over 300 people showed up at the rally for health care in front of the Benton County courthouse this afternoon. You may notice some familiar faces in the crowd. Many were Valley health care advocates. All 300 received our MVHCA bookmark. Bruce Thomson led the chants with a bull horn. Many honked their support as they drove by.
Report by Bobbi Hall
The Corvallis Save our Health Care rally on Sunday was from 12 noon to 2 at the Benton County Courthouse. About 300 people were there with signs etc. It was reported in the Gazette Times HERE.
Save Our Health Care Rally in Eugene:
Report by Lou Sinniger, HCAO Membership Chair, AFSCME Retirees Dist, VP
Time to put our Feet in the Streets.
Yesterday 300 people came to the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in 23 degree weather in Eugene to take a stand to protect health care and make it better. And to protest the approach of the Republican Party to health care and governance in general. Many stories were shared of how people were able to use the ACA and receive crucial health care without losing their homes.
The event was organized by Our Revolution and the Democratic Party of Lane County. Health Care for All-Oregon Eugene Chapter was there in force. We hada table and collected hundreds of signatures of support and signatures for our Eugene Resolution. Our own Marc Shapiro was one of the main speakers after Congressman DeFazio.
This was the first stand to fight back in Eugene; there are more to come. See January 16 2017 Register-Guard.
Comment from Ruth Duemler
Great turnout ----great picture of David and crowd on front page of paper. Crowd showed their support for single payer health care!!!!
Save Our Health Care Rally in La Grande
Report by Cheryl K. Simpson, Treasurer, Health Care for All-Oregon
Members of HCAO's Health Care Reform Action Team joined Union County Democrats in the OUR FIRST STAND: SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande, on January 15. More than 20 people braved 10 degree weather to gather and march to Rep. Greg Walden's office and post our demands. Then on to share stories at Oregon Rural Action about the importance of health care for all people. HCAO members traveled from Baker City to join the Rally. We expect to gather again in the weeks to come.
Bill Whitaker and Cheryl Simpson led the "What's Next" discussion including information about HCAO and opportunities to participate in the local group while people warmed up with coffee and hot cocoa provided by a local business. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rally sponsored by Union County Democrats with support from Oregon Rural Action and our local Health Care Reform Action Team.
Save Our Health Care Rally in Medford
Report by Wes Brain
At noon on January 15, before the big outside rally, a crowd of nearly 200 jam-packed their way inside Medford’s Jackson County Library, a meet-up to define the health care struggles in front of us and to draw a line in the sand. The crowd was all on the same page at our pre-rally meeting. Before we left the building, HCAO-Rogue Valley’s Lynn Likens (mic in hand) got some help showing off signs she had made for the rally, offering to sell them (at cost) to activists. Here she points towards Michelle Blum Atkinson’s sign. Michelle is the Communications Committee Chair of the Jackson County Democrats, while the other other sign holder is anonymous. Before the day was over, 24 new signs like these could be seen in the streets.
Medford’s Health Care Rally followed at 1 p.m. when folks exited the warm library building to what had been a very foggy, cold Sunday morning. The fog lifted and the sun shone nicely as an energetic crowd of over 300 showed determined unity with the commitment to not only protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but to make them better! We didn’t stop there. HCAO was everywhere as the rally crowd showed approval for Medicare for All and our plans for 2020 in Oregon.
It was standing room only at the Medford Library for the combined Bernie-inspired Our Revolution Oregon meet-up and Save Our Healthcare rally.
Lynne Likens, a Talent Bernie supporter, made all these signs and issued an offer to make signs for all who want them for future rallies -- you need to provide the materials.
After about an hour inside, the crowd spilled outside into the bright sunshine for a rally and more speeches in front of the Medford Library.
Visit HERE for a trove of photos by Allen Hallmark of the Save Our Health Care: First Stand rally.