Monthly Archives: December 2013

Civil Rights Pioneer Rep. John Conyers Addresses New York Labor Leaders and Health Care Advocates

The morning following the death of South African freedom fighter and former President Nelson Mandela, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan spoke at a breakfast meeting on December 6th sponsored by the New York City Central Labor Council and Progressive Democrats of America.  He recalled his work as a young lawyer within the U.S. civil rights movement and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and hiring icon Rosa Parks who worked in his Detroit office for over 25 years.  He also spoke about the continuing fight for universal health care in America and his proposed “Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act” (JH.R. 676), and about the need to address the nation’s current unemployment crisis in the wake of the ongoing Great Recession and his proposed “Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act” (H.R. 1000).


Rep. Conyers was introduced by veteran television talk show host Phil Donohue (lower right), who spoke about his own roots in the trade union movement as a young man in Youngstown, Ohio.  Additional speakers at the breakfast included: Vinny Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council; Bobby Score, Recording-Corresponding Secretary of Local One of the International Association of Technical and Stage Employees; and a spokesperson for Progressive Democrats of America. 

During the question period, Rep. Conyers also addressed concerns that trade unions have about some provisions of the Affordable Care Act that they would like to see changed, and aspects of an FY 2014 budget agreement emerging in Congress that may affect social, employment, and health care programs.

Celebrate Two Decades of Community-Labor Collaboration for Health Care Justice in New York!

It’s our 20 Anniversary!

For two decades, we’re proud to have served as a place where labor and community can come together to fight for health care justice. By joining forces, we’ve made great strides toward our goal of health care for all in New Yorkers and across America, and we’re deeply appreciative of everyone who’s been part of the team. We couldn’t have done it without you!

20th Anniversary Champagne Toast

Come celebrate with us! Join us on Tuesday evening, December 17 for our 20th Anniversary Gala, as we recall our accomplishments, salute some very worthy individuals and organizations, and look forward to our next decade.  (Click on our events link above for full details date, time, and place.)

You can support our 20th Anniversary Gala by attending and making a contribution. The suggested donation is $75, but everyone is welcome whatever you can give (more if you can, less if you can’t.) If you can’t attend, we’ll miss you but will still welcome your contribution — just use the donate button here!

Please be as generous as you can. Your financial support enables to us to continue our mission of fostering community-labor collaboration in the fight for universal health care for all in New York, and to defend and improve our nation’s important health care and social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and now, the Affordable Care Act.

We look forward to greeting you at our 20th Anniversary Gala, as we recommit ourselves to our work ahead.  Click on our events link above for full details date, time, and place.