The Healthcare Justice March got word from the National Park Service on June 22 that their permit for the demonstration on the National Mall is granted.
“This is great news!” said Sue Saltmarsh, director of the HJM. “We hope this will make it clear to skeptics that the rally will happen and maybe they should be there!”
In addition to the permit news, other progress is being made. Donna Ellington, assistant director and long-time social media guru for both the HJM and its parent organization the Drive for Universal Healthcare or DUH, as it’s known (duh4all.org) notes that registration to attend the event has increased and analytics indicate that more people are investigating, liking, and sharing the organizations’ Facebook and Twitter pages.
“I’m curious to see what will happen when the Supreme Court ruling is issued,” says Ellington. “I can only imagine that the millions of folks who may lose their subsidies – and therefore their insurance – will be looking for answers and discovering that expanded and improved Medicare for all is the only answer. I expect the interest in both our websites and our social media pages will spike as people come to that realization.”
Saltmarsh hopes that interest will lead to more people showing up for the demonstration and then getting involved in the movement. “This rally is meant to be the match that lights the flame of empowered activism in every person attending, but they must each carry that flame with them once the event is over and they go home. If they do, we’ll quit baby-stepping and make real strides towards our goal. This is not a time for more patience. As John Lewis said in 1963, ‘We will not be patient any longer!’”