Occupy Town Square Speak-Out Sunday at 1pm

We are planning to have a full Healthcare for 99% Teach-in/Speak-out at this Sunday’s big OWS event “Occupy Town Square” in Washington Square Park at 1:00pm. Come join us! Wear white coats and scrubs if you have them. After, we will convene at 60 Wall St for our regularly scheduled 4pm meeting

Here is info from the organizers of the larger event:

Occupy Wall Street is four months old. We don’t live in a park anymore, but we’re still here, and we’re still fighting for economic justice. Now, OWS is coming to a neighborhood near you. Over the next few months, mobile, daytime occupations, called Occupy Town Squares, will be held in parks and other public spaces, indoor and outdoor, around New York City. For a few hours a week, these events will recreate the essence of the Zuccotti Park Occupation. There will be info tables, teach-ins, trainings, and political discussions.

Whether you consider yourself a supporter of the movement or not, we want to meet you: come share your ideas and stories, learn about the movement, argue with us, debate with us, collaborate with us. If you’re already active in OWS, this is a chance to exchange information, to coordinate between working groups, and to get to know our brothers and sisters in the movement.

Facebook Event Page
Twitter: @occupytownsq
Hashtag: #occupytownsq

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Luxury Condos Can’t Do CPR!! St Vincent’s Community Assembly

With St. Vincent’s closed, the West Side still has no hospital beds below 57th St

  • How can we bring a hospital back to our community?
  • How can we get true universal healthcare?

Come Join the Discussion!

What:  ST. VINCENT’S COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY

When: Tuesday, January 31st at 6pm

Where: LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Details: A consensus-based conversation facilitated by HEALTHCARE FOR THE 99%, An OCCUPY WALL STREET working group

HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT
FIGHT! For a hospital in this community
• FIGHT! Against systemic hospital closings all over New York City
• FIGHT! For affordable, comprehensive, high-quality healthcare for all

J12 Protest HHS Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill Access

Women Speak Out: Protest Health & Human Services’ Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill Access

When: Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 1pm – If you work in Manhattan, reserve your lunch break!

Why: Join us to protest HHS’s outrageous and unprecedented decision to overrule the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to expand access to the Morning-After Pill to women of all ages.  

What: Women will testify about why immediate and unrestricted access to this safe form of birth control is crucial to our lives.

Where: Manhattan, 26 Federal Plaza, on Broadway at Worth St., 1,2,3, J, Z  to Chambers; N,R to City Hall; 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge

Please forward widely and invite your friends on Facebook
Sponsored by: National Women’s Liberation. For more information, email nywomensliberation@gmail.com or call Brooke Eliazar-Macke at 352-514-7769.

Why has Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius overruled the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision to expand access to the Morning-After Pill?

On December 7, 2011, after years of feminist pressure, the FDA finally recommended that the prescription requirement for women under 17 be removed.  This meant that millions of young women could get the Morning-After Pill (also known as “emergency contraception” or Plan B One-Step™) over-the-counter without going through a doctor.  This change would have benefited all women – the pill would no longer be stuck behind-the-counter.  Women would not have faced the sexist insult of showing ID for birth control or answering questions about their sex life in a drugstore line. Instead, the pill would have been on the shelf at any time of day, at any convenient store, bodega, gas station or drugstore, just like condoms.  But this victory was short lived due to HHS’s unprecedented decision to overrule the FDA’s decision.

We are outraged!  In this case, the Obama Administration is just as willing as the Bush Administration to put anti-birth control politics over science.

The HHS decision is an attack on women’s reproductive freedom and self-determination. Join us on January 12th.

People’s Power Breakfast and Speak-Out to Fix Healthcare in Brooklyn

Join us to protest Wall Street’s proposed role in “saving” Brooklyn hospitals.

WHERE: Outside the Downtown Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams Street

TIMING:
  • 7 a.m. – Rally and Breakfast
  • 7:30 a.m. – Press Conference
  • 8 a.m. – Speak-Out

SHARE: Flyer, Facebook 

WHY: This gathering will be the people’s answer to a $75-a-plate power breakfast inside the hotel, where health industry and Wall Street insiders will be guests of Crain’s NY (the local business publication whose readers ARE the 1%) to talk about how to “Solve Brooklyn’s Hospital Crisis”.

Enough is enough!  Our communities have seen our homes taken by the banks and our public schools carved up into charters — now they are coming after our health care.

Governor Cuomo appointed a special workgroup chaired by Wall Street financier Stephen Berger to recommend fixes for Brooklyn’s troubled hospitals.  Late last fall, their report called for letting private investors come in to “save” these hospitals and cutting benefits to lower-income employees.

Changes to our health care should be made transparently and democratically.  These life and death decisions should be made by the communities who will be affected, NOT by the bankers who caused our problems in the first place, and would profit by the sticking it to taxpayers once again.

Did you know…?

  • 20% of Brooklyn residents live in poverty.  40% of Brooklyn residents have Medicaid as their health insurance, and another 20% have no health insurance at all.
  • One-third of all Brooklyn residents lack a regular doctor, so they use emergency rooms (ERs) when they get sick.  46% percent of all ER visits in Brooklyn could be better treated in the community.
  • 6 of Brooklyn’s 14 hospitals are almost out of money and in danger of closing:  Brookdale (Brownsville), Brooklyn Hospital (Ft. Greene), Interfaith (Bedford-Stuyvesant), Kingsbrook Jewish (East Flatbush), Long Island College (Cobble Hill), and Wyckoff (Bushwick).  These hospitals serve low-income communities, where most people have Medicaid or no insurance, and many are immigrants and people of color.
  • Gov. Cuomo appointed a special workgroup chaired by an investment banker to suggest fixes for Brooklyn’s troubled hospitals.  They suggested letting private investors come in to “save” these hospitals.
  • Brooklyn is fighting to keep hospitals open in low-income neighborhoods.  Meanwhile, the wealthy east side of Manhattan is stuffed with well-connected hospitals that grab public money, but give little care to low-income communities of color.

Sign the Petition to Free Zuccotti Park

Sign the Petition to Free Zuccotti Park.

 

Zuccotti Park was ambushed by police in riot gear on Monday, November 15th, 2011. Mayor Bloomberg gave a high-profile press conference “welcoming” the protesters to return to Zuccotti Park to exercise their “freedom to assemble.” The park is wall to wall barricades, police and security guards. Give us back our park. Whose Park? Our Park.