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.
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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
Join us to protest Wall Street’s proposed role in “saving” Brooklyn hospitals.
WHERE: Outside the Downtown Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams Street
- 7 a.m. – Rally and Breakfast
- 7:30 a.m. – Press Conference
- 8 a.m. – Speak-Out
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.
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.