The Drive for Universal Healthcare is now DEMAND UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE! But though we’re not doing so much driving anymore, our commitment, our enthusiasm, and our undying belief that the U.S. can achieve Expanded & Improved Medicare for All within our lifetimes, is unchanged!
Ans now you will see Action Alerts here and on our social media sites for various events and projects, like this:
ACTION ALERT! ACTION ALERT!
Many of you waking up to the realization that we are indeed already fighting the Revolution! This is proven by the number of websites and social media postings that have been created, followed, and liked in the last year. Literally thousands of you have become or continue to be frequent visitors and/or contributors to the DUH and Bernie—DUH pages and we’re so happy to consider you part of the DUH tribe!
But the question is, are we able to mobilize you? Are you willing to actually DO something to turn your support of Bernie into success? Will you turn off your computers, make sure your cell phones are charged, and physically get out of the house to be a part of a nationwide demonstration in your town? We now have a chance to find out if your interest goes beyond your computer screen to walking your talk–literally!
Lee Fischer, Brandon Celentano, and Jay Teutenbrg are hosting this and I was inspired when reading their description: “The #MarchForBernieUSA goal is to have every Bernie Sanders supporter in America march together as one at 12 Noon EDT on Sunday July 24th, on the day before the 2016 Democratic National Convention begins in Philadelphia.”
Will YOU, your organization, or a group of Bernie friends step up and organize a march or rally in your town? If someone else is already working on it, will you help? Will you at least attend?
We hope there will be MANY DUH-sters who will rise to the challenge of organizing a march on July 24th or who will work with other organizations to arrange one. If you will, please let us know by registering below, as well a registering at the marchforbernieUSA website. You won’t be bugged by hundreds of emails or anything else, we promise! We just want to keep track of how many DUH-involved marches there are. We also hope you’ll let us know how your march went and send photos!
There are many demonstrations being planned in Philadelphia during the convention. But for this, no air fare, hotel, food, transportation, or other costs are necessary. By all means go to Philly if you can! But if you can’t, know that this provides you with a way to still participate, to make a difference.
We’ve heard a lot of empty promises from Trump and Hillary, but Bernie has never lied to us. Can we rise to his standards? I think so. And if we do, if millions do across the country, the Voice of the People will be undeniably heard.
All the forces that have been manipulating us and this election since Bernie announced his candidacy are just smugly waiting to be able to point at us and say, “See? Lots of noise, but they never show up.” Let’s prove them wrong! Let’s drown them out for a change! Let’s not just show up but prove that we outnumber them and we’re not going away.
Let’s elect a progressive Congress and carry Bernie on our shoulders over the White House threshold. Register NOW!
DUH is a “right to like” organization–everyone has the right to like us or not. We don’t have members and we’ll never ask you to pay dues. We welcome anyone who wants to participate in a DUH project by volunteering their ideas, time, skills, connections, and money toward making it successful, but we stand by our right not to be a cookie cutter advocacy organization. If you don’t like us, feel free to find an organization that suits you better–we encourage everyone to get more involved in the fight for universal healthcare whether it’s with DUH or not. There are great single-payer groups in almost every state, so find the one that’s right for you!
One of the several valuable lessons we’ve learned in the five years DUH’s been in existence is that we need to support the efforts of EVERY group and organization whose goal is to achieve single-payer healthcare, even when their methods are different than ours. We must attract new young activists spanning all demographic categories. We need to stage more demonstrations, more lobbying, more ways in which our demand is too relentless for legislators and the media (at least the Internet media) to ignore. And we need to use every tool available—printed material, public speaking, letters and email, legislative resources, and social and Internet media–to educate and mobilize the public, the unions, faiths of all kinds, and the business community to unite with us and make our demand more powerful. In other words, there’s a lot of work to do. And we need lots of people who won’t bail when things are inconvenient or uncomfortable or downright hard.
As Sue mentioned in her speech at the Healthcare Justice March, “No matter how many times we’re told, ‘It’s not the right time,’ or ‘You’re never going to get that law passed with this Congress,’ or ‘The insurance companies have billions and you have nothing – you’ll never win,” we will NOT give in to pessimism and WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!”
Neither will DUH.
EVERYBODY IN, NOBODY OUT!
September, 2013 East Coast Tour