February 23, 2011

Maryland Deserves the Dream--Help Make it Real

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Organizing for America - Maryland

Montgomery County


Dear Friend,

Phonebank for the Maryland DREAM Act

Congress failed to pass the federal DREAM Act, one of President Obama's priorities. But we have a chance to pass a state version here in Maryland. We need to mobilize fellow Obama supporters in a few key state Senate districts -- asking them to urge their Senator to vote yes on Senate Bill 167.

We're making calls this week and next -- Tues. - Wed. - Thurs., Feb. 22 - March 3. Come anytime you can, Noon - 8:30 pm. Read on and RSVP for an opportunity to make a difference and spend time with fellow OFA volunteers.

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I look forward to seeing you one for one of these phonebank sessions!


Jon Randall
Organizing for America - Maryland
Regional Lead, Montgomery County

February 22, 2011

Rally TOMORROW (2/23/11) in Annapolis at 9:30 AM on Lawyers Mall


Rally Day this Wednesday (2/23/11) in Annapolis at 9:30 AM on Lawyers Mall

Don't miss this chance to show legislators you support the Maryland Health Security Act - a truly universal single-payer healthcare system for Maryland with no financial barriers to medical care.

Speakers will include legislators and representatives from the community. We will be wearing T-Shirts (Large and Extra Large) over our clothing that say "Improved Medicare for All" on the back and "PIISD (Private Insurance Induced Stress Disorder)" on the front.

After the rally, we will be making drops of information packages to key legislators on Senate Finance Committee and Health and Government Operations (HGO). We will also help you visit the offices of your own legislators.

There are car-pools being set-up in Baltimore City and Howard County (Wilde Lake Village Center at 8:15). Call Dr. Eric Naumburg (443-562-6562), Dr. Margaret Flowers (410-591-0892), or Rod Ryon (410-889-0329) for more information. You can drop off people in front of Lawyers Mall on College Avenue; but there is no parking on the mall.

Go to our website to send emails to your legislator supporting the Health Security Act.

Healthcare-Now of Maryland Annual Meeting and Public Forum a great success!

We had a great meeting Tuesday night! Thank you to all who attended. The Peabody Room was packed.

Bekah Mandell and Sandra Schlosser of the Vermont Workers Center "Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign" shared the story of their three year effort to build a strong single payer grassroots in Vermont. They used Truth Hearings, Accountability Sessions and Photo Petitions to educate and grow. The result has brought single payer to the forefront of the discussion in Vermont. You can see their presentation in the video below.

Bekah made the excellent point that during the last national health debate, the model for reform was Massachusetts. It is important that for the next national debate, which we anticipate will occur within five years, that there be a state single payer model. For this reason, it is important that we support the VT efforts.

To learn more about the Vermont Workers Center and to find out how to support them, visit www.workerscenter.org. At present they are in need of donations to support the hiring of organizers. They are also looking for Marylanders to join their May 1st rally in Montpelier.

We would like to thank The Silverbacks for opening the meeting with music. They were fantastic! Many thanks to
Vocalist: Marianna Mujica
Piano: Richard Schroeder
Bass: Kevin Shaner
Percussion: John Kessell
Trombone: Professor Anthony Lehman, MD
Woodwinds: Donn Teubner-Rhodes, MD

Many thanks also to Dr. Dick Humphrey, our emcee, and Rod Ryon of Healthcare-Now of MD. And thanks to Maurice Morales for videotaping the meeting.

Here are links to the videos:
Annapolis Health Care Update
National Update
Sandra Schlosser and Bekah Mandell

** Visit the website, www.mdsinglepayer.org, also to learn about our local Healthcare-Now of Maryland meetings and our state legislator letter campaign.

** If you have not renewed your membership to Healthcare-Now of Maryland, you can do so at our website.

Thank you,
Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland

Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland survives on the generosity of our supporters.
Please consider making a donation.

www.MDSinglePayer.org | info@mdsinglepayer.org

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