News from Around the State
Region 1 (Mid-Valley) Benton, Linn, Marion and Polk counties
HCAO Albany: Edie Orner reports that the Interfaith Faith Network in Corvallis and Albany sponsored an educational forum, “Health Care in Oregon-What’s Next?,” with Rep. Mitch Greenlick and Benton County Health Dept. Director Mitch Anderson. on Sunday, September 24 at the First Congregational Church in Corvallis. Edie says the Albany chapter is submitting a lot of signatures on statements of support.
HCAO Marion County: Lee Mercer reports that they have been tabling at public events and netted some 350 new names, including new volunteers, for the database. They also collected over 400 postcards to send Rep. Schrader, urging him to support HR 676.
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates: Ricardo Small reports that Bruce Thomson gave an outstanding presentation about health care at the Library on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth. Around thirty people attended, including Danny Jaffers, who is running for the Oregon House next year. Most of the comments and questions were supportive. Ricardo thinks just about everyone at Bruce's talk will vote for i
mproved Medicare for All, when it comes up for a vote.
Mike Huntington's report on the MVHCA picnic:
In spite of the heat and smoke, 35 faithful Mid-valley advocates arrived at Avery Park on Monday evening, August 28, to bring food, enjoy each other's company and celebrate our accomplishments. The event began with beautiful music on the keyboard by Craig Hanson, husband of Li Ping. Mark Weise, Ron Green, and Pete Kozak followed with singing and more beautiful music.
Special guests included HCAO president Tom Sincic. Tom, a nurse-practitioner, gave an update of HCAO activities towards achieving universal health care for Oregon. He mentioned that Representative Mitch Greenlick, a key legislator in Oregon health care reform, has signed on to supporting HCAO universal health care legislation. This is a breakthrough. Tom addressed the importance of honing our communication skills, reaching out and educating the population and also raising money to help purchase media time. He predicted that more and more national leaders and influential benefactors will join the single payer movement and help pay for the necessary media campaign. Lee Mercer, chair of the HCAO Mobilization Committee, echoed Tom's message and invited us to attend a fundraiser honoring Mitch Greenlick in Portland on October 6. Dagmar Johnson followed up with the announcement that MVHCA has purchased two tables that would accommodate 16 Mid-Valley Advocates.
Dagmar then took the microphone to summarize and celebrate the accomplishments of MVHCA over the past year and honor all of the volunteers and board members who made it all happen. She mentioned that Mid-valley gained over 400 new signers of support for universal health care over the past year at various events, including tabling, public forums, and door-to-door canvassing. She also mentioned the successful 2016 ballot measure campaign for the City of Corvallis Resolution in support of health care legislation..
Mike Huntington followed up by asking attendees to continue these efforts so that we can pass single payer legislation by 2020. He urged people to come to a persuasive speaking session on October 21 in Eugene and to volunteer for canvassing in Philomath and Monroe in September and October. The canvassing will show the Benton County Commissioners the strength of support for universal health care. We have asked them to send a resolution to the legislature urging them to create a publicly funded universal health care system for Oregon.
As the picnic ended, attendees seemed to have been energized by the food, message, and music.
Another successful Campeones de Salud at the Aquatic Center.
Sandra Bean reports on health care advocacy at Oregon State University
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocate Jenn Carlin is shown tabling at OSU's community day, September 20. More than 50 students signed up to support universal health care in Oregon. Jenn gave away dozens of bookmarks and buttons, raffled off a red HCAO tee shirt, and fielded questions for four hours, sometimes even in the rain.
Region 2 (Cascades-East) Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler counties
HCAO Bend: Dave Stranahan reports that a committee worked on hosting and logistics for the Sept. 22-24 HCAO board retreat in Bend, including rounding up Bend activists to provide home stays for Board members,. They tabled at the AFL-CIO conference in Bend, messaging on working against national health care rollbacks. They also tabled at the Festival of Cultures in Redmond. And they will be screening Big Pharma, Market Failure on September 28, with Mike Huntington participating.
ORA Health Care Reform Action Team: Cheryl Simpson reports that the team has decided to modify communications to supporters with a new issue-oriented newsletter. Their new data-doc, Jon White, helped make this possible, working with e-Tapestry. They are targeting 500 signatures for a local resolution; however, the progressive population is so dispersed among conservatives that going door-to-door is not effective, so the group is brainstorming other signature-gathering strategies. The John Day Democrats asked for a presentation with a screening of Now is the Time in September. The late night event and windy roads required a home stay by the Team leading the event (helping build relationships).
Region 3 (Northwest) Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook and Yamhill counties
Tillamook: Lee Mercer reports the Tillamook County Democratic Party featured lots of HCAO materials at its booth, thanks to Laurie Hoaglund. He and his wife showed the Now is the Time movie there on Saturday and Sunday nights, September 16 and 17, and former HCAO board member Frank Erickson spoke.
Region 4 (Southwest) Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane counties
HCAO Eugene: Kathy Filip reports that they tabled at a Sunday rally on Health Care for All. On Oct. 5, Main Street Alliance and HCAO are sponsoring a screening of Big Pharma, followed by a panel discussion. The chapter will table at the three-day U of O Street Fair. The chapter is holding a half-hour orientation for new members before regular meetings. The Persuasive Speaking Eugene workshop has been re-scheduled for Dec. 9.
HCAO Josephine County: Jerry Reed reports from Grants Pass that they are working with Democrats and Indivisible groups for new recruits. The Unitarian Universalist Church is arranging a rotation schedule to screen short versions of our films every two weeks, with discussion afterwards, which should improve visibility.
On Sunday, 9/24, Jerry met twice for 30 minute adult forums at the Episcopal Church in Grants Pass to talk with those who are thinking about voting for (or not) a position statement supporting Health Care for All that the regional diocese is contemplating. He will also use it to let them know about HCAO and the local chapter and movie showings. [Edie Orner, Jana Gregory and David Young are working with the Episcopal diocese, which will be voting in October on whether to join the HCAO coalition.]
Jerry is also making arrangements to schedule four more movie/house party meetings on 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, and 11/9, and intends to continue doing this beyond November. Each of those nights he will be showing Fix It!, The Healthcare Movie, Big Pharma, or Now Is The Time.
Josephine County is still in a building mode for this group, usually getting four to six people to show, hoping for a couple of new recruits each time.
HCAO Rogue Valley: Joe Graff reports that smoke killed tabling at the Labor Day picnic. He says they had several town halls with Rep. Pam Marsh, who will be a good advocate. They are seeking to balance education for new and current members with taking care of business. He praised an 11-minute Western Washington PNHP video available on the website: Health Care, We Can Fix It--an excellent video to show to people familiar with universal health care.
Wes Brain sends HCAO-RV photos for the Indivisible D2’s Community Forum
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Wes Brain reports that HCAO-RV will participate and table at Indivisible D2’s Community Forum on Oct 22, where they will be submitting these photos to demonstrate their activism.
Region 5 (Metro) Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
HCAO Clackamas County: Gary Sinnen and Karen Baker report that the Clackamas chapter will be partnering with the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego to show one health care movie every third or fourth month, as part of the theater's monthly progressive film series. The first will be Sunday, October 22 at 6 p.m. And the Oregon City library will be showing Big Pharma: Market Failure as part of their First Friday Film events on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. The chapter will facilitate the discussion following the movie. They also report that the Clackamas County Democrats have submitted an application to become HCAO members.
“Medicare for All” rally at Senator Merkley's office
Metro Council: Ben Gerritz reports that the rally at Senator Merkley's office for the “Medicare for All” bill was a success, with several speakers, including Ben, who were able to speak for HCAO. He praised the rally organizer, Lisa Stiller, for her great work in a short period of time.
Beth Kerwin reports on tabling at the Hawthorne St Fair
Yuriko Lee reports on HCAO participation in the Beaverton Parade
HCAO Washington County: Yuriko Lee reports that a few people came to join us at the Beaverton parade. Though it was a small group, they had good responses from people.