Occupy the Senate: Save Healthcare

A message from Jennifer Levin, Sarah Timberman, Nina Tassler, Andrea Rothschild, and Chris Bubser: 

It’s zero hour for health care in America. Republicans are doing everything they can to repeal the ACA and strip over 22 million Americans of their health insurance. The time to act is now

Over the last couple weeks Housing Works and the Center for Popular Democracy have sprung into action, training and sending hundreds of people to D.C. from all over the country to protest this toxic healthcare bill at its epicenter: the senate. Activists, the elderly, the disabled, and tons of other citizens have volunteered to participate in this organized, non-violent civil disobedience, occupying over 21 senate offices. As planned, 80 people have been willingly arrested in order to make their voices heard.

This tactic has been hugely successful both in slowing the bill down and in drawing attention to the issue of healthcare, but we need your help to make our biggest impact yet! 

Here are some details from the organizers: 

On Wednesday, July 19th Housing Works and the CPD are planning a day of action with the goal of reaching every single senate Republican. We are raising $25,000 in order to recruit 520 people to pull off the following:

-Recruit and transport anyone who wants to participate in the protests. The disabled community has been one of the strongest voices against the GOP healthcare bill and some of the most active and relentless protestors occupying the Senate over the last few weeks. We must cover the costs of transporting any wheelchairs or other required equipment so that anyone who wants to participate in the action is able to do so. 

-At 10am on July 19, we’ll kick off the day with a training on non-violent civil disobedience, practice how to get our stories out to the politicians and press, and then form up teams

-At midday, we’ll host a “National Health Care Town Hall” on the murderous Senate bill, and how we need universal coverage instead. The speakers will be volunteers (that could be you!): health workers and patients from across the country. During the media event there will be lots of interviews on the side where we are telling our stories to the media and calling on our own Senators to kill the bill before it kills us. 

Together we can stop this greedy and dangerous bill. Every cent, every share, every email, and every post helps! 

If you'd like to volunteer with Housing Works or travel to DC to help #KillTheBill, click here.
  • Sarah Timberman 
    • $500 
    • 55 mos
  • Jane Borden 
    • $20 
    • 56 mos
  • Karen Hermelin 
    • $300 
    • 56 mos
  • Berl Hartman 
    • $100 
    • 56 mos
  • Becky Edwards 
    • $25 
    • 56 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Sophie Strauss 
Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Timberman