News & Events the Week of December 3, 2018

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Open meeting

When: Open meeting, Monday, December 3, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: 25 Mountain Laurel Path, Florence.

December 3d Meeting

We’ll have a speaker from the Movement Voter Project, whose mission is to to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors – big and small – to support the best and most promising LOCAL community-based organizations in key states – with a focus on youth and communities of color.

They support hundreds of incredible organizations that BOTH turn out unlikely voters AND organize communities to grow their power and create transformation – from policy to the streets.

Hot Chocolate Run, December 2

The Hot Chocolate run is sold out, but you can still donate to Safe Passage using this link

If you’re running, our team will meet in front of Bombay Royale, 1 Roundhouse Plaza, at 8:45 AM.

Team News

Elections Team

Thank you

to everyone who helped out with the mid-term elections in one way or another. Although it was not the overwhelming Blue Wave that we were all hoping for, we flipped the House of Representatives, which is a big deal. There will now be a meaningful check on Trump and his out-of-control presidency. A lot of people did a lot of work to make this happen, and you should be proud! The Elections Team is taking a brief hiatus, then we’ll be back at work. I’m sorry to say that the 2020 election is not far off!

Protecting Democracy Team

At our next meeting we will be discussing Michael Lewis’ new book,
Join us, it’s a great read!

The meeting will be on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30, upstairs at

Medicare For All Team

Letter to the Editor of the Oregonian, by a Portland physician. 2003.
By Leigh Dolan, MD.

We have the best health care in the world! We don’t let big government tell us what to do, and we give maximum opportunity for individual initiative to prove itself. Isn’t it time to expand the lessons learned from providing healthcare to other basic services?

So let’s privatize our police departments! Why should we let big government tell us how our laws should be enforced? From now on, police services will be run by competing private businesses. Competition will provide better and more efficient results, as we proved in our healthcare system. Employers will include police benefits as part of their fringe benefits, with moderate deductibles to discourage workers from calling the police unnecessarily.

Police insurance companies will use the same principles that have been so successful in healthcare. They will target their marketing to those least in need of police services, and actively discourage those covered from actually using police departments. As with healthcare, those who can’t afford additional coverage will be allowed to buy it- the more they pay, the more they’ll get.

Basic coverage for the elderly and disabled will be available under “ProtectiCare“ a government-sponsored program. This will allow police to be summoned for assaults in progress and to assist in murder investigations. For individuals who want help with lesser crimes such as burglaries or arson, this will be available at additional cost from private “ProtectiGap” insurance policies.

Of course, this new approach will leave a large group of citizens not covered by any of these programs. For these people, who have proven they cannot compete in our free enterprise system, gun laws will be loosened so they can protect themselves if necessary. While this may require them to be relocated to restricted areas, so as not to endanger their neighbors who have adequate police insurance, this is not an insurmountable problem.

Since we have the healthcare system we want, and have repeatedly resisted efforts to change it, let’s show that our other basic services can be provided in the same profitable way as healthcare.

If we can make money delivering healthcare, why can’t we do the same for providing police protection? Just think about it!

Dr. Leigh Dolan is a practicing internist in Portland, OR, and a former president of the Oregon Medical Association.

The Medicare-for-All group is pleased with the results of the ballot question confirming strong support for Single-Payer healthcare in Western Mass. In response to the ballot results, Representative Aaron Vega (of Holyoke) agreed to become a co-sponsor of the Single-Payer bill when it is resubmitted in Boston to the Legislature in January, 2019.

We are now discussing more ways to support the Single-Payer healthcare bills which are currently held-up in committee in the Mass. House and Senate. We are considering actions including urging local governments to pass resolutions of support, talking with business owners, possibly meeting with hospital administrators, and connecting with local Democratic organizations.

The Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group is developing a set of bylaws to formalize our group structure, and is planning ways to grow further, to reach out to new members, and to open more hubs in new cities and towns.

Our next meetings are:

Full Western Mass. Medicare-for-All group:
Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 pm,
in the Community Room at Hampton Court,
20 Hampton Ave, Northampton

The Northampton hub sub-group:
Tuesday, December. 18, at 7 pm, at Pathways Co-Housing.

Everyone is invited and welcome.

The Campus Outreach Committee

The Campus Outreach Committee met on November 26. We had a debriefing of our efforts to register students to vote and to work to help get Antonio Delgado elected. There was a collective sense satisfaction in those efforts.

Our next meeting will be in February, time and place TBA.

Useful Links

Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible
Resistance events in the 413 area on ‘413 Taking Action’

Our regular meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday
of every month from 7:30 – 8:45. All are welcome.
Come and join one of our teams!

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