As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on what has been the most difficult year for many people around the globe. We have millions in the United States without sufficient healthcare while we need it most. Despite these hard times, the NJUHC continues to move forward in our fight to ensure no one needs to worry about healthcare!
General Membership Meeting
Our latest general membership meeting took place virtually through Zoom earlier this month. We were joined by Anthony Diaz, a cofounder of the Newark Water Coalition, who spoke about different strategies to increase our message’s reach to political leaders, as well as the general populous. We have welcomed Paula Friedman to the NJUHC board as a permanent member, and have elected Sue Altman from NJ Working Families to the board as well. We are still in search of a potential board chair – please contact us if you know someone who shares our passion for Medicare for All and would be a good fit for the position!
Medicare for All Throughout the Year
While our incoming president may not be the biggest advocate for Medicare for All, we know it is popular around the country. Several towns in NJ have recently passed resolutions in support of Medicare for All, including Red Bank and Maplewood. Just last week, Fort Lee’s council passed its resolution. We have expanded support for Representative Jayapal’s bill (HR1384), and will work to see our movement grow even more in 2021. Please reach out to us if you’d like a member from our Speakers’ Bureau to speak at one of your events!
While the pandemic may have slowed our efforts in-person, the NJUHC still made great strides virtually, and safely socially distanced. We went to the George Floyd Rally supporting Black Lives Matter, we joint hosted Our Revolution Monmouth’s Medicare for All Zoom meeting, we joined Central Jersey DSA’s workshop on organizing during a pandemic, visited Andy Kim’s office, and attended NJ Peace Action’s webinar discussing the cost of Medicare for All in relation to the United States’ military spending. We will continue to attend and host events throughout 2021 both virtually and in person following safety procedures. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on our efforts!
Medicare for All Strategy Conference
Saturday, January 23rd at 1 PM to Sunday the 24th at 5 PM, Healthcare-NOW! is hosting its annual Medicare for All conference. Their online conference will be highlighting effective strategies and tactics from across the country for building the movement to win Medicare for All. Ticket sales end on January 15th! More information can be found here.
If you haven’t already, please ensure you pay your annual dues, either through our website at universalhealthcarenj.org, or by check payable to NJUHC, mail to NJUHC c/o. Lloyd Alterman MD, 3 Oskar Ct. Livingston NJ, 07039. We hope you have a happy and safe new year!