** On May 14th, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will launch, fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. organized the original Poor Peoples’ Campaign.  It runs 40 days through June 23. The campaign is being organized in over 40 states and is uniting tens of thousands of people to “challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” The agenda for the Campaign includes this demand on health care:

“We demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare
until the full implementation of single-payer universal health care for all.”

Go to www.poorpeoplescampaign.org for more information and to join the campaign in your state.

** The 2018 Single Payer Strategy Conference is June 22-24 in Minneapolis, MN and will draw hundreds of activists from all over the country for a weekend of inspiration and strategy to win single payer universal health care. The conference will be planning for a major national campaign to win Medicare for All. I hope to see many of you there!

** The Affordable Medicines Now Conference is June 27-29 in Washington, DC. Organized by Public Citizen and co-hosted by the O’Neill Center for National and Global Health, together with a number of partners, this is a training conference designed to build skills, knowledge and community among the activists who power the movement for affordable medicines at the state, federal and international levels. Among other topics, there will be a plenary session on the connections between “Universal Health Care and Affordable Medicines.” I hope to see many of you there!

Hot off the presses!
Racial Justice Report Card for Medical Schools released by White Coats for Black Lives
Top US Medical Schools Failing to Reflect Minorities Social Justice

“White Coats for Black Lives calls on elite schools to improve race bias shortcomings and help eliminate disparities in US healthcare…The medical student-run group, which came together in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, on Wednesday published a 129-page report that grades medical schools on their work to combat racism. The report…found that schools fell short of the activist group’s standards for 15 metrics, including providing robust anti-racism training and paying all workers a living wage for the local area.”  See full article here.

Published in The Guardian, US edition, April 25, 2018