Monthly Archives: April 2018

New Yorkers to Gather to “Stop Trump and Allies from Attacking Our Health Care!”

This coming Thursday evening, April 26 New Yorkers will be gathering outside Harlem Hospital to call out President Trump and his congressional allies for all they are doing to attack our nation’s premier health care programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and family planning.

Last year advocates, activists, and many other stakeholders joined forces to stop President Trump and his congressional allies from decimating Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Planned Parenthood.  However, these politicians are continuing their attacks on health care this year nonetheless, just not quite so blatantly.

Foley Sq pic June 2017

President Trump’s latest budget proposals call for huge funding cuts and radical changes to Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, Social Security Disability, and many other domestic social programs, and the leaders in the House of Representatives is expected to put forward similar proposals soon.

In addition, starting the very day of his inauguration, President Trump has since taken many steps to deliberately undermine and violate the letter and spirit of our nation’s health care laws, most notably the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. As president, Trump and his allies in Congress have worked to:

·       Destabilize health insurance markets, causing premiums to go up and insurers to leave.

·       Weaken vital consumer protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

·       Dumb-down the quality of health insurance people can get.

·       Create barriers for uninsured people to learn about and get help enrolling in health insurance.

·       Institute new requirements for poor people to enroll in and stay on Medicaid, like forcing them to work for their health insurance, take drug tests, or pay premiums.

·       Deny family planning and sexual health services to low-income and uninsured women.

Many of these moves are being challenged in the courts by various states’ Attorneys General and public interest law firms, who accuse Trump of violating provisions of the ACA and Medicaid law.

As people begin to lose their insurance because of Trump administration actions, more and more New Yorkers will turn to places like Harlem Hospital for care, because our city’s public hospitals proudly treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance.

We invite all to join us for a rally from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April outside Harlem Hospital at Lenox Avenue and 136 Street – just take the 2 or 3 train to 135th Street, and you’re right there.  Bring a sign, organizational banners, and your passion! 

We all know that health care is a fundamental human right, and that only government programs and policies assure that right.  By joining us on Thursday, you’ll be showing your support for this stance.

Sponsors [list in formation]: African Communities Together; Campaign for NY Health; Citizen Action of NYC; Commission on the Public’s Health System in NYC; Communications Workers of America, Local 1180; District Council 37 AFSCME; Get Organized Brooklyn Safety Net Defenders; Health Care for America Now-NYC; Metro NY Health Care for All; NYS Nurses Association; Physicians for a National Health Program-NYMetro; Rise and Resist, UWS MoveOn-Indivisible Action Group

New York Activists to Join in National Tax Day Protests, to Call on Lawmakers to Protect Health Care and Social Safety Net

The new tax cut law enacted by Congress and President Trump at the end of last year poses a direct threat to many existing federal health care and social safety net programs.  Beyond skewing our national tax system EVEN MORE to benefit large corporations and the super-rich, it also blew a huge $1.5B hole in the federal budget over the next decade.  Many expect Congress to soon move to try to slash funding for, and make radical changes to, the full range of social and health care programs in order to make up for the shortfall.  Many believe they intentionally created this deficit as an excuse to then attack domestic social programs.  The Trump administration’s new budget proposals for 2019 clearly lays out their plans.

2017 Tax March DC

The national organizations involved in producing last year’s Tax Marches across the US are again joining forces this year to undertake public activities on or around Tax Day.  The national “Not One Penny” campaign (which led last fall’s grassroots opposition to the tax cut bill as it was debated in Congress) recently launched a national bus tour through strategic states and congressional districts.  Its focus is to inform the public about the various destructive impacts of the new law, and its $1.5 trillion drain on the federal treasury in particular.  The tour will culminate in days of action from April 14 to 17 in communities and cities across the country.  These events will call attention to the importance of educating and mobilizing the public in advance of this fall’s midterm elections, with a focus to stop any proposed funding cuts to social safety net programs because of the tax law, and to restore fairness to our tax system.

Here in NYC on Tax Day (April 17), a variety of local groups are organizing a “People’s Tax Day Action Festival”, to take place from 5 to 7 pm in Foley Square in lower Manhattan, in front of the major state and federal court houses.

Components of this festival will include:

  • Selfie soap box with personal story sharing – what various social programs, which will be at risk in future budget proposals in order to pay for the tax scam, mean for me, my family, my community
  • Street theater demonstrating what’s really going down with the new tax cut law
  • “Tax and Social Justice Sing-Along” featuring popular/well-known songs with humorous rewritten lyrics
  • Life-sized “Runaway Equality Monopoly”
  • Tabling offering literature on the new tax law and related issues
  • Tabling for civic engagement and organizing opportunities in this year’s election season
  • Voter registration on the spot

Lead groups for the festival are the Upper West Side MoveOn-Indivisible Action Group, and Tax March.  Partner groups include Center for Popular Democracy, Communications Workers of America Local 1102, Get Organized Brooklyn Safety Net Defenders, Health Care for America Now-NYC, Indivisible Brooklyn, Metro NY Health Care for All, Progressive Doctors, Rise and Resist, Strong Economy for All, Upper East Side Indivisible, Working Families Party-NY.

Full details are at:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/nyc-peoples-tax-day-action-festival