News from Around the State April

News fron Around the State

Building the movement!!


Edie Orner reports that they have been contacting churches in the Albany area, asking for invitations to speak. At least five advocates are going to the Legislative Day on April 20, and have an appointment with Rep. Andy Olson. We are planning a Town Hall with our state representatives and senators to discuss SB 1046.


Bob Fischer reports that 33 Bandon health care advocates attended Sen. Jeff Kruse and Rep. David Brock Smith’s Town Hall, along with Amy Moss Strong who is editor of The Bandon Western World, and a reporter for The World, the daily paper from Coos Bay that serves the central Oregon coast. Kruse, the vice-chair of the Oregon Senate Health Committee, fended off a round of well-aimed questions, and then expounded upon his own project, “single-payer from a different perspective,” based on a 7% sales tax.

Clackamas County:

Gary Sinnen reports that the Clackamas group is having a last planning session for the HCAO Clackamas County restart program and donating a wine basket for the Silent Auction.


Kathy Filip reports that Eugene had a recent successful house party, and are arranging appointments with legislators for the April 20 Legislative Day. They had a showing of the Big Pharma documentary and a presentation on their new Eugene website, with a discussion of the use of Facebook and Twitter. They have a new volunteer coordinator and are donating a gift basket for the Silent Auction at the Blues Festival. They are also writing weekly letters to the Register Guard.

La Grande:

Cheryl Simpson reports that the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Team will co-sponsor, with other groups, a screening of the Now is the Time documentary this spring. Our primary role would be to advertise and fill the room!  The group is also organizing “Truth Tuesdays” noon to 12:30 every Tuesday at Rep. Greg Walden’s La Grande office. posting letters and notices on his office windows. They bring a Where's Walden chair to Truth Tuesdays, their monthly progressive meetings and the health care rally!


Ateusa Salemi, RN, Labor Relations Representative Oregon Nurses Association and Rebecca Tilley, Board member post a letter to Representative Greg Walden in opposition to the House Republican proposal (American Health Care Act). The ONA represents 14,000 working Oregonians. Ateusa and Rebecca also delivered a copy of the letter through the Representative's mail slot, since there is no staff available to talk with constituents. The letter was signed by the following unions: AFT-Oregon, IBEW 48, ONA, OSEA, Oregon AFL-CIO, PTE 17, SEIU, UFCW, AFSCME-Oregon.

Marion County:

Lee Mercer reports that a group from Marion County met with Rep. Kurt Schrader's office staff last week, asking him to sign on as a co-sponsor of HR 676. He says it was a good meeting with staff, but Schrader has not wanted to sign on. We left a copy of Fix It for him. Lee said there was a screening of Now is the Time at a house party on the 14th.
Anita Owen reports that they have appointments for Legislative Day to meet with Senator Winters and Representatives Evans, Clem. and Alonso-Leon.

Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates:

Mike Huntington reports that Mid-Valley had a living-room conversation (House Party) in Corvallis, and 14 guests were interested in joining our cause. They have also arranged a presentation to the Retired Steel Workers union.
The Corvallis Gazette Times ran a front-page article about their rally for Medicare for all on April 7, reporting that about a dozen health care activists braved wind-driven showers to demonstrate for universal health care in the heart of the city’s medical complex. They carried signs that read
“Everybody in, nobody out” and “Medicare for all” and “Medicare: extend it, don’t end it.”

Here we are on April 8 during the national Medicare for All Day.  We were well behaved and got lots of honks and thumbs up in agreement.

Here we are on April 8 during the national Medicare for All Day.  We were well behaved and got lots of honks and thumbs up in agreement.

Portland Metro Council:

Barbara Council reports that the Metro Council is planning training sessions for tabling. Betsy Zucker, David Young, and Beth Kerwin tabled for health care at the Trouble Makers School, April 8th. Hyung Nam was on a panel that day, discussing health care for all.
Lou Sinniger and Gary Sinnen are tabling at the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) Convention at the downtown Hilton Friday afternoon and Saturday, April 21, 3 to 6 p.m. and April 22, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.. and could sure use some help. if anyone could do even a couple of hours, they can contact Lou.
If fees are involved with tabling, HCAO will help out. Contact Lee.
Ken Myers says the Council will be viewing Big Pharma at their next meting.

Lisa Stiller, chair of HCAO Medicare Medicaid Advocates, reports that 15 very energetic people gathered outside Blumenauer and Wyden's office Thursday, March 23, to thank both for their support in opposing the repeal of the ACA, to thank Blumenauer for supporting HR 676, and to speak out for real health care reform. Chris Lowe and David Young were the HCAO speakers. Indivisible and Moveon were supporters along with A Better Oregon. 

Rogue Valley:

Wes Brain says he Rogue Valley group was disappointed that the Talent City Council delayed a vote on the Health Care Resolution until May 17.
RV folks attended a Town Hall with Sen. Alan DeBoer on the 15th.
They are organizing carpools for the trip to Salem on April 20.

Yamhill County:

Sherri Yeager attended a showing of two films last week at the home of Liz Marley-Stein in McMinnville. Mike Huntington will make a presentation at a second screening at Liz' home on April 25. Sherri wants to be involved and trained. She has filled out the HCAO volunteer form. Lee will contact her and invite her to the Speakers' Training Session on April 29.