Thanks to the Capitol Police re-locating the post-March rally, as well as a lack of funding to pay more for the new location, the Healthcare Justice March will now be making the rally in W Potomac Park their sole focus.
“While it’s disappointing that people haven’t backed their stated support with donations, we will continue to plan a rally that’s ‘too big to fail!’” said Sue Saltmarsh, director of the HJM. “Unfortunately, we’ll now have to resort to the kind of relentless begging that I personally hate, but if that’s what it takes, that’s what we’ll do!”
The rally, which will take place on August 1 at 10:00 am, is shaping up to be a memorable event. Among the speakers and performers who’ve committed to being there are activists Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese, Matt Sharp, and Mayor Adam O’Neal. Performers include the Raging Grannies and perennial favorite Anne Feeney. Leaders from various faith communities have been invited, along with celebrity personalities and political leaders.
“So far, we’ve had positive response to the change,” says Donna Ellington, assistant director. “I guess folks weren’t looking forward to the 2-mile trek through the August heat. Now they can come to the rally in the morning and return home fired up and ready to continue pushing their legislators to pass H.R. 676!”
“I’ve studied the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The obstacles Bayard Rustin and his small staff overcame to make that March historical are eerily similar to what we face,” says Saltmarsh. “Rustin planned and executed the March with a handful of volunteers; we too are putting this together with a handful of volunteers from different parts of the country. He had to struggle with fundraising as do we; he didn’t have social media, but he had the news cycle and the March was broadcast on TV – we’ll be lucky to get Internet coverage. There are other similarities, but the basic bottom line is this – if you want to see the U.S. establish an expanded and improved, publicly funded Medicare for All healthcare system, you need to send us your dollar and then SHOW UP!”
NationofChange endorsed the Healthcare Justice March as soon as we heard about it. We hope our readers will donate to keep us going and add a dollar to their donation so we can help the HJM!