Rally for People Over Pharma Profits

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Join Us Aug 20th for the National Day of Action

Fight for Lower Drug Prices NOW!


Tuesday, August 20th at Noon
Seattle Press Conference and Rally
Jackson Federal Building, 2nd Ave Plaza
915 2nd Avenue, Seattle
Please spread the word!

Drug corporations and their powerful Pharma lobbyists continue to stand in the way of our health and economic security by dramatically jacking up prices to boost profits, forcing people to make stark choices between medicine and other basic necessities.

Every day we learn about people who are dying because they cannot afford life saving medicines and so they ration what they have, go into debt, forgo medication, or try to use alternatives that do not help or are even harmful. People are having to choose between basic necessities like housing and food, and the medicine they need to live. Many are helpless as they watch loved ones suffer without the medicine they need to get better.

President Trump promised to lower drug costs but, at the same time, he is pandering to Big Pharma with a trade deal that locks in high drug costs for the next decade in the NAFTA 2.0 (USMCA).

It’s time to fix this broken system. That’s why on August 20, Health Care is a Human Right – WA joins organizations, advocates, and patients coming together to demand that lawmakers take serious action to lower drug prices so that people everywhere can finally get the affordable medicines they need.

In Washington State, we’re fortunate to have Senators and Congressional representatives who want to see lower drug prices. Sens. Murray and Cantwell, and Reps. Jayapal, Smith, and Schrier have been invited to speak.

Co-sponsors include: 350 Seattle, Health Care for All – WA, Health Care is a Human Right, Occupy Bellingham, Physicians for a National Health Program – Western WA, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, Washington CAN!, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans, Washington State Labor Council.

Action Alert: Your help needed to protect health civil rights, reproductive health care, and the ACA

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Our friends at the Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) have alerted us to an urgent action needed. The Trump administration intends to roll back anti-discrimination protections in the ACA. These rollbacks would cause harm to people who need access to language services, people who need abortion services or who have had an abortion in the past, and transgender, non-conforming, and LGBTQ+ people.


TAKE ACTION by Tuesday, Aug 13th: 

Submit your comment to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on the proposed civil rights rollback by August 13, 2019. 

Read NoHLA’s blog post to find out more about the proposed changes. The post also includes resources to help you write comments, which can be simple, focused on one issue, or comprehensive.


Compare National Medicare for All Plans Using This Tool

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Stumped by all the health care plans out there? The Kaiser Family Foundation whipped up this comprehensive site you can use to compare the various national Medicare for All and Public Plan proposals.

Below is the side-by-side comparison from the website.

Enjoy!

We’re all in this together: Grocery workers in contract bargaining, need community support

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Grocery workers across Western Washington, organized in United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and Teamsters Local 38, have been in tough bargaining since March with Safeway, Albertsons, QFC and Fred Meyer. Community support is critical. The workers are asking for improvements in safety, training, staffing, scheduling and wages. Go to UFCW21.ORG and sign the pledge of support. You will be notified of important developments and actions.

Show your support for grocery workers with reusable grocery bags.
Photo: UFCW21.org website

Join us! Saturday, August 3rd Rally to Expand Social Security and Win Medicare for All

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40 community and labor organizations are sponsoring this event.

Action: Rally for ‘Patients Before Profits’ at Providence in Renton – Friday, July 26

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Here is an upcoming event we encourage you to support and publicize:
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 26, at noon. Reprinted from The Stand, 07-23-19:

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RENTON — Hundreds of supporters of health care workers are expected to attend a multi-union Rally for Patients Before Profits outside the Providence Health corporate offices, 1801 Lind Ave. S.W. in Renton, at noon (with the program starting at 12:30 p.m.) on Friday, July 26. Visit the Facebook event page for more information or to RSVP.

Organized by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21, OPEIU 8, and the Washington State Nurses Association, all job titles throughout the Providence system in Washington state — nurses, nursing assistants, techs, social workers, transporters, hospice workers, pharmacists, environmental services, nutrition workers, clerks and lab workers — will gather for a massive show of unity.

Together, they will deliver a message urging Providence to stop prioritizing executive pay, profits and branding over the needs of patients and frontline workers.

Union delegates from across Washington state who will be attending the WSLC’s 2019 Convention at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel will take buses to Friday’s rally to show their solidarity. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages will be served. The rally program starts at 12:30 p.m., but get there early as participants will begin gathering at noon.

Download the event flier for more information.

Your 2020 Health Care Policy Directions; Help Us Win Universal Health Care

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Dear Health Advocates:

Thanks to all who attended our July 18 general meeting and helped make it a productive discussion of health care policy directions through 2020. Here’s a video of the meeting. Please note the automated closed caption function works but doesn’t correctly capture some words!

We restarted 3 committees which will be needed as we build our campaign for universal health care through 2020. If you are interested in helping any of these committees please contact the co-chairs. We anticipate that committees will bring their reports and recommendations to a general meeting in October.