National Week of Action Barnstorms Hit NJ
National Nurses United will sponsor Medicare for All barnstorms throughout the country from Feb 9-13. Three barnstorms are in New Jersey:
Feb 13 at The Big Event Entertainment Experience in Cherry Hill at 6 PM. Janice Ortega, a member of South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, is hosting this event. Please RSVP to Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. The event flyer is here.
NNU describes the barnstorms as places where “you’d gather with volunteers near you, talk about the plan to win [Medicare for All], and begin organizing to knock doors, make phone calls, and more in your community.”
The New Brunswick and Long Branch barnstorms will organize to pressure Frank Pallone to support Medicare for All legislation in the House. As the incoming chair of the Energy & Commerce committee, Pallone can decide what legislation advances. In the previous congressional cycle, “he has already received many times more than the average donation from Big Pharma.”
The Cherry Hill barnstorm will organize to pressure Donald Norcross, who has received $140,235 from the health sector in the last cycle.
Crowd Canvasses Planned to Warm Up for Barnstorms
Two crowd canvasses will take place in order to invite people to the Medicare for All barnstorms:
- Asbury Park on Jan 26. Volunteers will first meet at the Asbury Hotel at 11:30 AM for a short training, then head to the Convention Center for the Beer Fest at 12 PM.
New Brunswick on Jan 27. Volunteers will first meet at Hidden Grounds coffee shop (the location closest to the train station) at 10:30 AM for a short training, then head to the Albany Street train station at 11:00 AM.
There will also be a phone bank on Jan 31 at the URA-AFT office in New Brunswick at 5:30 PM to invite people to the New Brunswick barnstorm. Information on the canvasses and barnstorms are on our website.
Montclair Medicare for All Forum
Keynote speakers include Safiyyah Muhammad, who will share a personal story; Lloyd Alterman, MD, member of Physicians for a National Healthcare Plan; and Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator for Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Safiyyah and Lloyd are NJUHC members.
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