Vigil to Save US Healthcare
Start: Wednesday, June 21, 2017• 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, June 22, 2017• 5:00 PM
The Senate will likely vote on its version of Trumpcare next week. While the actual bill is a secret, leaks show that it is as bad as the House version, which stripped health insurance from 24 million people. The Senate version tweaks things only slightly - for example, it still includes major cuts to Medicaid, but they take a little longer to occur.
Our nation’s health care and insurance systems are on life support in Congress, and we’re here to hold a vigil to see our national programs (ACA, Medicaid, Medicare, family planning) through and survive the assault.
Join us in a 24-hour vigil to try to prevent this horrible bill from passing. Bring candles and your healthcare stories. Spread the word to every person and organization you know! Religious leaders are welcome to speak.
Here is the schedule -- please check back as it is being updated regularly:
WEDNESDAY June 21
5:00 pm -7:00 pm -- Kick off rally: Join New York State Nurses Association, 1199, Rise & Resist and other organizing groups for high-energy start to the vigil.
7:00-8:30 -- Vigil joins Planned Parenthood NYC Action Fund's "Pink the Night" event also at Columbus Circle to foreground women's health as one key area under threat in the US and globally today
8:30-Midnight -- Candlelight vigil with faith leaders and personal stories of how loss of health care in America affects ourselves, our communities
Midnight pm-9 am -- Overnight vigil
THURSDAY JUNE 22
9 am -- Press conference with public officials
10 am-11 am -- Join Make the Road for an hour of action
11 -12 pm -- Vigil
12 pm - 1 pm -- ACT UP New York
2 pm-4 pm - West Side Federation for Supportive Housing (WSFSSH)
4:30 - Docs and nurses fighting for social justice help close out the vigil
5 pm - End of vigil; march over to Schumer's NYC office (780 Third Avenue @ 48th Street) to join Indivisible Action there
What you can do:
1) Share the invitation with your networks far and wide. Promote via social media #vigilforUShealthcare #healthcareforall #trumpcare. Announce at your congregation's service over the weekend. Invite your Facebook friends, your neighbors and comrades.
2) Sponsor the event! Learn more here - use this url if the hyperlink doesnt open. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_kwarVV64r_8F8-8NtjtxHCkKURkeknE5SGlBBM4o9Q/edit?usp=sharing
3) Sign up for 30 minutes or an hour that your organization or community will be responsible for organizing -- holding vigil and having people on site. This could be reading aloud from stories we will have from individuals who will suffer if affordable health care disappears in this country; sharing your own testimonials; sharing other words or songs. Sign up for the slot here -- use this link if you have trouble opening the page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gPeNSOSGyyRUR8o-t9tEuEc6gW6kuUAwXo9zcY_37Sk/edit?usp=sharing
4) Come to the vigil -- in numbers or on your own!