NEW YORK CITY ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 17, 2010CONTACT:Tim Foley 212-356-8126 (w)646-229-1379 (m)
Local Grassroots Groups and Trade Unions Take to the Streets to Fight for Health Care Reform and the "Change Agenda" on Saturday
The Group Will March Across the Brooklyn Bridge and Rally Outside the Headquarters of WellPoint, the Parent Company of Anthem Blue to Call Out the Special Interests That Are Obstructing Change in Washington
WHAT: March Across the Brooklyn Bridge and Rally by NYC Leaders of Health Care for America Now! and their allies.
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2010
12 noon - March steps off
1 pm -- Rally
WHERE: The day's events will take place in three locations:
On Saturday, February 20, a diverse cross-section of the New York progressive activist community, organized by Health Care for America Now's (HCAN) New York City Organizing Committee, will take to the streets to call out the special interests and political obstructionists who are stopping the "Change agenda" in Washington, DC.
- March steps off from Camden Plaza, Brooklyn Heights at 12 noon
- March will continue across the Brooklyn Bridge into Lower Manhattan
- March will conclude with a rally in Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan, outside the New York Office for the health insurance company WellPoint at 1 pm.
This event caps off a week of grassroots events being held across the country during February 17-20 to mobilize on behalf of the change that millions of Americans voted for and that millions more need, and to stand up to agents of the status quo, including the health insurance industry, business trade groups, Wall Street executives and banks - and the politicians opposing much-need health care reform based more on political calculations than principles.
The New York contingent will argue that health care reform is the "wedge issue" and that its immediate passage would clear the path for more big change in jobs, the economy, the environment, and immigration. As such, they will call for the White House and Congress to finally finish the job they began over a year ago on health reform and will rally around a central message: Get health care reform done, get it done right, and get it done now!
Participating organizations: Barack Obama Democratic Club, Center for Independence of the Disabled in NY, Citizen Action of NYC, Committee of Interns and Residents/ SEIU Healthcare, Communications Workers of America, Downtown East for Obama, Eric's Law, Health Care for All NY, Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, MoveOn, National Physicians Alliance, NW Bronx for Change, NY-DSA, NY Immigration Coalition, New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, NYC for Change, NYS Nurses Association, Public Health Association of NYC, Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need, UWS Baby Boomers for Change, Queens County for Change, Tribeca for Change, Westchester Health Care Reform Task Force, Young Invincibles
For more information on Health Care for America Now's nationwide, weeklong campaign, comprising 40 rallies in 32 states, go to http://finishreformright.com