9/21: People’s Climate March ~ Health Contingent

This September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a landmark Climate Summit at the United Nations. But if we look at the progress (or lack of) made at previous Summits, we shouldn’t trust those leaders to take action on their own — we need to show them that the world’s people demand action right now.

Join the Health contingent at the People’s Climate March

Sunday, September 21

9:00 am – Meet at W 59th St & 10th Ave, in front of Roosevelt Hospital

9:30 am – Press conference in front of Roosevelt Hospital

10:00 am – March to the Assembly Point for the health contingent at W. 66th St and Central Park West (enter at 72nd Sts).

11:30 am – March begins. Show up early and secure a spot in the line up!

To stay up-to-date on the day of the march, text @HealthHubPCM to 23559.

For more information on the health contingent, visit peoplesclimate.org/health


July 22: Community Forum on Hospital Closures

Community Forum on Hospital Closures
Tues, July 22nd @ 6:30 PM

Judson Memorial Church 
55 Washington Square South

Wheelchair Accessible Entrance on 239 Thompson
(enter, turn left, take elevator down)

20 NYC hospitals have shut down over the last 10 years

10-12 more hospitals are under threat of closure and others are reducing services 

Each hospital closure leads to longer response times, wait times, and dangerous over-crowding

Currently, the State of NY decides which hospitals and services are shut down in NYC. While closed down hospitals are routinely being turned into condos, the State of New York has failed to replace these vital resources. It’s time for NYC communities to have a direct say in the health care decisions that affect our lives and our health. 

It’s time to put a stop to the closure of our hospitals.

Join us to find out more


M3: Cook-Out to get Koch Out!

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This Saturday, March 8th at 10am at the site of the soon-to-be Koch Pavilion, a new hospital in New York’s wealthiest neighborhood, the Upper East Side, named for New York City’s wealthiest resident, oil tycoon David Koch. Koch, with his brother Charles, personally finances many of the most far-right wing causes and organizations in the U.S.

Microsoft Word - intl womens day koch rally.docxWhen: Saturday March 8th @ 10am

Where: York Ave between 68th and 69th streets (Accessible by 6 Train or M72 Bus)
Hospitals are closing across New York City in the neighborhoods that need access most.


Endorsing Organizations:1199 SEIU, New York State Nurses Association, NAACP New York State Conference, African Services Committee, ALIGN-NY, Bailey House, Center for Popular Democracy, Community Voices Heard, Doctors for the 99%, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Healthcare-NOW! NYC, Healthcare for the 99%, Interfaith Coalition, La Aurora, Left Labor Project, Make the Road New York, Met Council on Housing, Metro New York Healthcare for All, National Dominican Women’s Development Center, National Action Network, National Organization of Women-NYC, New York Communities for Change, Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro, Rockaway Wildfire, Strong Economy For All Coalition, VOCAL-NY, Washington Heights Corner Project, Working Families Party.
Electeds: State Senator Espaillat, City Councilmember Kallos, City Councilmember Rodriguez

J15 –-> F16: MERCY KILLERS – Off Broadway

MERCY KILLERS – Off Broadway

Get Your Tickets Now!

Presented by
Harold Clurman Lab Theater

Written by Michael Milligan
Directed by Tom Oppenheim

Mercy Killers is a compelling, one-man play by Michael Milligan.

Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down.


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MERCY KILLERS Off Broadway Schedule

Tuesday, January 7 – Sunday, February 2
at the Stella Adler Studio Theater
31 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Wednesday, February 5 to Sunday, February 9
at the Bronx UFT
2500 Halsey Street, Bronx, NY 10461

Tuesday, February 11 to Sunday, February 16
at the Local 3 IBEW
158-11 Jewel Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365

Ticket Prices
General Admission: $25
Students / Seniors / Union Members with ID: $23

To purchase tickets, visit Smart Tix (link below) or call 212.868.4444

Student Rush tickets and Group Sales Discounts are also available!

For more information please visit: http://bit.ly/MercyKillers

+ Healthcare is a Human Right +

DEC 10 + Human Rights Day + An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen

pegmayday_0DEC 10 @ 7PM + Human Rights Day:   Celebrating the Growing Healthcare is a Human Right Movement: An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen

777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Join us on Human Rights Day, December 10th, to honor the late Peg Franzen, member of the Vermont Workers’ Center and a key leader in Vermont’’s pioneering Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign.

Ms. Franzen is the former President of the Vermont Workers’ Center and long-time disability rights activist, exemplifies the power of people to effectuate change in their communities and in their state. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign began in Vermont where, in the midst of intense debate about the Affordable Care Act, it succeeded in passing the country’’s first state-wide universal health care law. Community members like Ms. Franzen have reignited the movement for universal, publicly financed health care in the United States, and communities in Maryland, Maine, and Pennsylvania have now picked up the torch, starting their own Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns, with other states poised to follow. We will be joined at this event by representatives from Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maryland, Healthcare Is a Human Right-Maine, and Healthcare Is a Human Right-Pennsylvania, which collectively form the vanguard of a new human rights movement for universal health care.

This event is free and open to the public.


NOV 26: The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York

PNHP-NY Metro Monthly Forum:

The Politics of Hospital Closures in New York


Leon Bell, Political Director, New York State Nurses Association;

Robert Padgug, PhD, Board member, PNHP-NY Metro

When: Tuesday, November 26 – 7:30pm – 9pm

Where: Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East (btw 14th & 15th St), 2nd Floor, Manhattan

Campaigns against hospital closures have generated so much support that the topic was successfully vaulted into the NYC mayoral race. Threats to close hospitals highlight issues of access to care, economics of health care delivery in the region, inequitable health care resources, real estate interests and community control. Come join the conversation on this pressing issue.

RSVP not required, but greatly appreciated! Click here to RSVP.

All PNHP-NY Metro monthly forums are free and open to the public.

SAT, 10.12 @ 6: ‘Mercy Killers’ Comes to Brooklyn

Michael Milligan will be performing Mercy Killers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday, October 12th. This performance is a part of the Northside Town Hall’s Arts Happening Series.

Join us at 6PM at 134 Wythe Ave (N8 & N9)

Mercy Killers is a one-man play by Michael Milligan. Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down.

This event was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Performances are free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible

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S17: Restore and Expand Vital Public Services for the 99%

Tuesday, Sept 17 @ 5pm: Rally and March to Restore and Expand Vital Public Services for the 99%

Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in front of the UN (2nd Ave and 47th St, NYC)

March to Bryant Park

As Occupy Wall Street’s 2nd anniversary approaches, austerity politics proceed unfettered in the halls of Congress.

NNU_RobinhoodOn September 17, the UN General Assembly will convene to discuss international anti-poverty and public health goals to be achieved by 2015. Against the backdrop of the UN and the OWS anniversary, labor and community activists will rally to demand an end to austerity and the full funding of human needs – locally and globally.

The Robin Hood Tax could raise billions of dollars every year to help ensure that every American has access to high-quality healthcare. This 1/2 a penny tax on Wall Street trading could fund a universal, Medicare-For-All system without mandates, fines, or hidden fees for those who can least afford them.

A Financial Transaction Tax / Robin Hood Tax was implemented in the United States from 1916 to 1966. We’ve done it before, we can do it again!

Join us at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (2nd Ave and 47th St) in front of the UN at 5pm on September 17 to demand our elected officials restore and expand vital public services for the 99%.

In solidarity with:

New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), Vocal-NY, Health GAP, National Nurses United, Amalgamated Transit Union, Transport Workers Union Local 100, New York Professional Nurses Union, ACT UP New York, ACT UP Philadelphia, National People’s Action, NYC Chapter of U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), Progressive Democrats of America, Left Labor Project, CREDO, African Services Committee, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Healthcare for the 99%, Healthcare-NOW! NYC, Occu-Evolve, Occupy Sandy, OWS Alternative Banking, PNHP-NY Metro, S17 Planning Assembly, UNITE HERE Local 100, Friends of the Earth U.S, UAW Region 9A New York, New York Harm Reduction Educators, NYCLCLAA, Communications Workers of America Local 1180, Food and Water Watch, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802

July 24: Funeral March & Rally for Brooklyn Healthcare

556993_401828009927073_1877338123_nOn Wednesday, July 24th, doctors, nurses, activists and advocates will march across the Brooklyn Bridge in a funeral procession – to mourn the impending closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and the continued privatization of our healthcare system.
While NYC’s population continues to grow, healthcare resources continue to be concentrated in the wealthy neighborhoods of Manhattan. Meanwhile, hospitals and clinics in Brooklyn that serve working people, immigrants, and people of color are being shut down.
There are more humane ways to balance the budget than closing public hospitals or cutting social services like Medicare and Medicaid. One way to balance New York State’s healthcare budget would be to implement a universal, single-payer healthcare system in New York such as New York Health.

  • Keep LICH open as a full-service hospital
  • Put a moratorium on hospital closings
  • Demand democratic, community input into healthcare planning throughout NYC
Join us, in solidarity, for the Funeral March & Rally for Brooklyn Healthcare.
Wed, July 24th
March and Rally
4pm Assemble @ Cadman Plaza
March across Brooklyn Bridge
5pm Rally @ Foley Square
Come wearing black

J25: March and Rally – Keep Interfaith Open for Care!

Brooklyn Hospitals are Under Attack – March and Rally to Keep Interfaith Open for Care!


Tuesday, June 25th

6pm – Assemble at Interfaith Medical Center
1545 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

March to King Emanuel Baptist Church
342 Malcom X Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11233

From 7-9pm @ King Emanuel Baptist Church – Speakers include Rev Al Sharpton and more!

For more info check out this article on Interfaith on last week’s events.