National Conference Call for State Health Care Justice Leaders
hosted by the
Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN)

April 21, 2020

Health care organizing and politics in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic

PART I: Everything is even more political

  • The 2020 Census is a health care justice battle ¬ – Valerie Arkoosh, MD, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners (PA)
  • COVID-19 emergency spurs call for new Emergency Medicare bill – Stephanie Kang, Health Policy Fellow, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal
  • What needs to be in, and OUT of, the next COVID stimulus bill? – Justin Mendoza, Senior Partnerships Manager, Families USA

PART II: Workers on the front line

  • Public transit workers – Raymond Jackson, President, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 689 (DC Metro)
  • Health care workers – Amirah Sequeira, DC Legislative Advocate, National Nurses United

Part III: Organizing is political … politics is organizing

  • Wisconsin election is a sign of the battles to come – Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  • The vote-by-mail fight is heating up – Caitlin Donnelly, Program Director, NonProfit Vote

Part IV: New organizing challenges

  • Organizing women of color to make their voices and votes matter in the 2020 election – Aimee Allison, Founder, She the People
  • Where’s the battle for reproductive rights in the wake of the Texas abortion ban? – Louisa Thanhauser, Manager, State Advocacy Initiatives, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Immigrants and refugees are at great risk both sides of the border – Alma Maquitico, Interim Co-Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • New campaign targets American Hospital Association & Where did all the beds go? – Kaytlin Gilbert, National Organizer, Physicians for a National Health Program

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