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.

JUNE 7-9: Left Forum + Healthcare Panels

The Left Forum hits town this weekend! June 7-9th at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NYC

There are going to be a number of great panels discussing issues all across the board. Below is a list of Healthcare related panels.

See the full list here. Ticket info here.

SATURDAY 10:00am – 11:50am

Session: Session 1




Session 1 W511 Environmental Genocide: Politics and Public Health
Dr. Margaret Flowers Secretary of Health for the Green Shadow CabinetMarsha Coleman-Adebayo Green Shadow Cabinet

Walter Tsou Physicians for a National Health Program

Rue Stevens Environmental Activist

SATURDAY – 12:00pm – 1:40pm

Session: Session 2




Session 2 W511 The Political Economy of US Healthcare, the Medical Industrial Complex and the Affordable Care Act.Robert Chernomas Chair, University of Manitoba

Robert Kemp Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Louisiana

Matt Anderson co-editor of the online journal Social Medicine.

Francesca Lo Basso National Nurses United

SATURDAY – 3:40pm – 5:20pm
Session: Session 3




Session 3 W511 Organizing for Health Care Justice in the Age of Austerity and the Affordable Care Act
Ben Day of Healthcare-NOW!Mark Dudzic of Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care

Dr Deb Richter of Vermont Health Care for All

PNHP NY-Metro’s Martha Livingston, Ebiere Okah, Len Rodberg, & Laurie Wen

SATURDAY – 5:30pm – 7:10pm

Session: Session 4




Session 4 W604 The Domino Effect: Growing the Healthcare Is a Human Right Movement, One State after AnotherAnja Rudiger of National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

James Haslam of the Vermont Workers’ Center

Sergio Espana of United Workers

Jennie Perkl of Maine people’s Alliance

Download Flyer here

Session 4 W511 Ecological Crisis and the Catastrophe of Environmental Illness

Benjamin Barson Chair, Scientific Soul Sessions

Linda Thompson Co Chair Green Party of Connecticut

Dr. Margaret Flowers Secretary of Health for the Green Shadow Cabinet

Cecile Lawrence Green Party, New Yorkers Against Fracking

Zoltan Vaci GeoCleanse International

SUNDAY – 10:00am – 11:50am

Session: Session 5




Session 5 W511 Health Care Struggles in Embattled Communities Matt Anderson Department of Family & Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

Robb Burlage Community & Labor Health Study Group

Shepard P. McDaniel The Peoples Survival Program

Cleo Silvers Selikoff Center, Mt. Sinai Medical Center

Alondra Nelson Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Joaquin Morante Occupy Sandy Medical Relief

Toni Lewis Healthcare Division, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Johanna Fernandez Departments of History & Political Science, Baruch College/City University of New York (CUNY)

SUNDAY – 3:00pm – 4:50am

Session: Session 7




Session 7 W511 No More Budget Cuts on Our Backs! Fight Back with a Robin Hood Tax!Jennifer Flynn Chair, Health GAP and U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign

Francesca LoBasso National Nurses United

Amanda Devecka-Ranier National People’s Action

May 9: Save SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Rally To Save SUNY Downstate Medical Center 

Thursday May 9th @ 4:15 pmCropped Full View of Downstate

Please join hundreds of Brooklyn Clergy, residents, patients and Downstate workers at a RALLY TO DEFEND SUNY DOWNSTATE (More info here)

4:15 pm: Interfaith Service at Mt. Zion Church of God, 203 E 27 St, Brooklyn [MAP] (Betw. Church Ave and Linden Blvd) SUBWAY:No. 2 to Church Avenue Station.

5 pm: March to Rally at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 470 Clarkson Ave [MAP]

To download a flyer to promote the event, please CLICK HERE.

May Day Solidarity: Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare advocates – UNITE in Union Square on May Day!
12Noon – 5:30 – Assemble in Union Square
5:30PM – March to City Hall
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Healthcare for the 99% will be tabling in Union Square (southwest corner of the park) from 12Noon until the march starts at 5:30p. All healthcare advocates are welcome to join us! – Everyone will have to bring their own tables.
5:30pm – March for Healthcare as a Human Right
~ In solidarity with the larger May Day march ~
March departs at 5:30pm from Union Square to City Hall
Bring your signs, banners, and chants – as we march together with one message that unites us all – Healthcare is a Human Right!
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Text “@healthcarefor99” to the number 23559
Contact us at: owshealthcare@gmail.com
For a full schedule of May Day events go to:

The Official OWS May Day Website
The Official OWS May Day Facebook Page

Today – ‘Life or Debt’ – A Day of Free Healthcare and Education

Join Strike Debt, Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Town Square, and MANY others on March 23 for a day of free healthcare, radical education and a march to highlight community hospital closings.

In response to our broken and 559906_358323064280474_459491265_nbankrupt health care system, Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee initiative has just made a big announcement: Strike Debt has bought and abolished $1 Million in medical debt. They are using this “buy” to highlight the profound inhumanity and inequality of our medical payment system and to create a vision of a world where healthcare is truly treated as a right.

Event info here.

@Washington Square Park
9:30am – all day: Free education, legal advice, performances and music
2pm – 5pm – Rally & March to highlight community hospital closings

@Judson Church
9:30am – 1:30pm: Health Fair w/ medical practitioners donating services
5:30pm – 7pm: Continuation of health fair

This action is part of a week of actions all around the country declaring a Healthcare Emergency: It’s a Matter of “Life or Debt”.

Contact: rjaction@strikedebt.org
Hashtags for the action: #lifeordebt #M23 #strikedebt