News from Around the State
Region 1 (Mid-Valley) Benton, Linn, Marion and Polk counties
HCAO Marion-Polk Counties: Lee Mercer reports that in the Silverton area they are collecting postcards to Rep. Schrader urging him to support HR 676, Rep. Conyers' Medicare for All bill. They are also collecting Statements of Support for HCAO at Silverton Progressive meetings and while canvassing (in a non-partisan way) with the Democratic Neighborhood Leaders GOTV program. They found two out of three people they contact will support HCAO, so others doing similar work are also encouraged to gather Statements of Support
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates: Mike Huntington reports that MVHCA and the Faith Caucus hosted an event for Rep. Mitch Greenlick, attended by 100 people. Greenlick's talk focused on efforts to repeal the provider tax, now before the voters as Initiative Measure 101.
They also hosted a forum to learn from our legislators what progress the Oregon Legislature made during the 2017 session for better health care for all Oregonians and what progress they anticipate in 2018.
Mike and Marc Batz attended an Indivisible event in Alpine, where Bruce Thomson spoke on a panel. Danny Jaffer, a Democratic candidate for D23 was there, and they met with him separately. Jaffer was supportive of single payer.
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 Central Oregon: Dave Stranahan reports the Festival of Cultures in Redmond was a good tabling opportunity and they got 70 Statements of Support. The HCAO board held a Retreat in Bend the same weekend. Dave reports that Mike Huntington showed the film Big Pharma while there, with 15 attending, was interviewed on KPOV and got print coverage from The Source, a local newspaper.
Mike and Marc Batz later traveled on to Burns for a screening of Fix It, again with about 15 attendees, including a county commissioner and the hospital administrator. All were sympathetic to the cause and impressed with the videos.
ORA Health Care Reform-Action Team: Cheryl Simpson reports that Union County launched a local health care resolution campaign on October 1, for the City of LaGrande and the County Commissioners. This eastern Oregon Union County campaign is inspired by successful resolutions passed in other areas around the state. The target is 250 signatures by December 1. Bill Whitaker and Anna Maria Dill were invited to make a presentation at a John Day community house party, spearheaded by the local Democrats.
Region 3 (Northwest) Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Tillamook and Yamhill counties
Yamhill County: Lee Mercer has been meeting with local advocates to re-organize the Yamhill County chapter.
Region 4 (Southwest) Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Lane counties
HCAO Eugene: Report from Lou Sinniger: HCAO Eugene Chapter has re-invented itself over the last three months. It has formed Six sub-committees who meet and work during the month and report back at our regular meeting every first Tuesday of the month.
The Committees are asfollows:
Communication/Volunteer Coordination: Co-chairs Luke Habberstad and Jeff Earp-Thomas. This includes doing “HCAO 101” for new activists, coordinating volunteer interests, maintaining a phone tree in support of activities and events. Communication also includes our DataBase volunteers, Secretary Sheryl Sabo and Katy Sloan.
Education: Chair Henry Elder. The committee identifies and researches issues surrounding health care and single payer and shares their findings and information at the general meeting. The committee also sends speakers and presenters to events and organizations.
Publicity: Chair was Bill Eitenmiller, but it is now Jennifer Wilder. Bill did a great job starting our Facebook and our website, but had to cut back due to family and job responsibilities. Jennifer now will chair the Committee which not only administers the FB and website but oversees letters to the editor organizing done by Bob Granger and publicity with news outlets about coming HCAO events.
Legislative: Chair is Charlie Swanson. His committee is responsible for keeping the Chapter up-to-date with legislative actions impacting health care in Oregon and the legislative constituent contact teams in the area.
Events: Co-Chairs Kathy Filip, Ed Filip and Nancy Radius. Their Committee covers all the tabling events that happen in the Eugene area. For instance, they cover Saturday Market, they tabled at HCAO and the Encircle Films screening of Big Pharma at the Bijou, and recently covered the three-day street fair at the University of Oregon.
Outreach: Chaired by Tim Durant. They are responsible for HCAO recruiting and establishing cooperative relationships with new organizations. This committee has just started. We have high hopes for its coalition-building success.
We are beginning to see more turn-out and higher interest in volunteering. We hope to sustain this increased interest and activity throughout the year. We will start to establish goals and time-lines in the near future so people can see their successes.
Big Pharma: Market Failure was screened at the Bijou Theater in Eugene on October 5. It was attended by a sellout crowd of 85 people. HCAO tabled and Encircle Films hosted the showing, which was organized by Vicki Anderson--another outstanding job. She had Lee Mercer and Representative John Lively answer questions after the showing. The final sub-event was Skyping with Richard Master, who answered questions from the audience. Thank you Vicki and Encircle Films.
Kathy Filip adds that the University of Oregon Street Fair was rainy, but there were good conversations with students and signings of Statements of Support. They will be tabling at the Holiday Market in November and have scheduled a Persuasive Speaking workshop for December 9 at the Unitarian Church. Ten are signed up so far with approximately 20 spaces remaining.
HCAO Rogue Valley: Joe Graf highlights marching and tabling at the Talent Harvest Fair, as well as a Planned Parenthood rally and an Indivisible rally on October 22 in the Rogue Valley area.
Wes Brain reports that Dr. Sam Metz was the guest on the Brain Labor report, broadcast on on KSKQ Community Radio here in the Rogue Valley. The show is now available in the archive. (Brain Labor Report 10.18.17 : Dr. Samuel Metz, Single Payer Health Care
HCAO Josephine County: Jerry Reed has worked to get the Grants Pass Episcopal Church to sign on to a resolution in support of Health Care for All-Oregon at the Episcopal Diocesan Convention, which encompasses all of Western Oregon. Grants Pass has also held a series of film screenings.
Region 5 (Metro) Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties
HCAO Clackamas County: Karen Baker reports that the Clackamas County chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls, 710 6th Street in Oregon City. Their next meeting will be on November 15. On Sunday, October 22, they screened Now Is the Time at the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego. On Friday, November 3, they will be screening Big Pharma at 6:30 p.m. in the Oregon City Library at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. On Monday, November 20, they will be screening Fix It at the West Linn library at 6 p.m.
Metro Council: Barbara Council reports that it was a beautiful day for the successful Sunday Parkways tabling in Sellwood. HCAO was a sponsor for a Stand Together workshop on October 14 at a Presbyterian church in NE Portland.