Our First Stand To Save Health Care

The Lakewood section. 

Sunday, more than 400 people came to the SEIU 1199 headquarters on E. 30th St. to rally and protest together- to stand up and demand that healthcare should be a right! The first round of applause went to the first speaker Steve Holecko of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC), “We will not be satisfied when healthcare is merely protected; we want universal care!” Dave Pavlick of the Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) and Representative, D-District 13, Nickie Antonio also delivered remarks about moving towards a Medicare for all or single payer model and fighting back against Medicare voucher programs. 

The Northshore AFL-CIO teamed up with CCPC to sponsor the event which was called for by three of the top democrats in the country: Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Columbus and Akron also had similar events and many more were happening all over the country. At the meeting, we collected over 100 hand-written narratives regarding the importance of our healthcare that will be sent to Rob Portman this week. 

The response to Trump here and over the last two months has been powerful. As Harriet Applegate of the Northshore AFL-CIO put it: “This is what the Tea Party did to Obama in 2009… and we are off to a much better start!”

Councilman Dan O’Malley and I also had a chance to speak. I would say Lakewood was very well-represented at the rally. The “ask” we made was that people take the time to call their representatives. Attend actions. Respond to requests to call and write to officials. The Indivisible Guide was discussed… if you have not seen this blueprint to taking back our country… please visit IndivisableGuide.com and download it today! There is much work to be done and it is ours to do!

If you are interested in getting involved and getting updates about what’s happening sign up at cuycpc.org/member

Also, visit SPAN Ohio’s website for more information about the push for single payer healthcare. spanohio.org

Tristan Rader worked in the non-profit sector including starting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and founding a non-profit in Africa. In 2015 he finished his MPA at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State and continued his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Executive Education program. He then joined Sen. Sanders staff and worked on his presidential bid. After returning home he managed a Congressional campaign and became one of the founding directors of Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus where he currently serves as Operations Director. He also works for MoveOn.org as a Campaign Organizer.

Tristan Rader

Tristan Rader worked in the non-profit sector including starting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and founding a non-profit in Africa. In 2015 he finished his MPA at Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State and continued his studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Executive Education program. He then joined Sen. Sanders staff and worked on his presidential bid. After returning home he managed a Congressional campaign and became one of the founding directors of Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus where he currently serves as Operations Director. He also works for MoveOn.org as a Campaign Organizer.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 01.24.2017