Welcome New Steering Committee Members!

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We are very happy to welcome five new members (and their organizations) to the HCHR-WA Steering Committee: Claude Burfect, 1st Vice President of NAACP Seattle-King County; Jim Howe, Vice President for Leg Affairs, American Federation of Teachers WA; Jesus Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Operations, SeaMar Community Health Centers; Lika Smith, Executive Director of Pacific Islander Health Board; and Cheryl Wapes’a-Mayes, Pierce County, State and National Board member, National Organization of Women. We are excited to have their guidance as we navigate these interesting times for health care reform.

And in other good news:


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The Fight for Medicare for All Continues!

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Watch the 2021 Re-Introduction and a Strategy Podcast


Today Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Debbie Dingell reintroduced the Medicare for All Act.
Watch it here.

If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDc4xkoZo1A

Medicare for All is the most economical proposal to provide comprehensive health care to everyone in our country. It is the North Star for our movement for health justice. This event features news about the new bill and the 109 congressmembers already on board — over half of the democratic caucus including key committee chairs. See list of co-sponsors at the end of this commondreams.org article.

Strategy Podcast with Rep. Jayapal staffer, Stephanie Kang

In addition, here’s a 36-minute podcast recorded March 8 that is well worth watching. Stephanie Kang, Pramila’s healthcare policy lead in the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, and Healthcare-NOW!’s Ben Day and Stephanie Nakajima, offer very useful overviews of M4A and the politics and strategy to get there.


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Our 2021 State and National Policy Priorities Approved

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Head over to here to take actions and participate in respond response requests each week in support of our HCHR Policy Priorities. Sign up here to get them in your inbox.


Our 2021 Policy Priorities were unanimously approved at our HCHR December general meeting, attended by 30 of our 32 Sponsoring (voting) organizations. Two Sponsors abstained on particular items in the proposal but endorsed the rest of the package. After a welcome and Native land acknowledgment by WA State Labor Council President Larry Brown, seven speakers from Sponsor organizations presented on the political context and federal/state legislative possibilities, the importance of more organizations joining our campaign, the specifics of our policy proposals, and plans to activate a “rapid response” program so we can generate grass-roots input and pressure on our state and federal electeds.  

Our meeting emcees Gina Owens and Margaret Cary outlined HCHR’s goals as a community-labor campaign to strengthen our relationships with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color) communities and to help build the grass-roots movement we will need to win Universal Health Care.

You can watch the recording of our meeting here. Unfortunately, the recording didn’t capture Larry Brown’s opening remarks on WSLC’s commitment to universal health care and its continuing support as a founding Sponsor of HCHR.

If you’re interested in joining forces to work on the Rapid Response effort, please email hchrwashington@gmail.com.


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