Marilyn Clement Health Care Justice Fund

Marilyn ClementMarilyn Clement, founder and National Coordinator of Healthcare-NOW!, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2009 surrounded by her children, Scott and Pam, her daughter-in-law Liz, and the caring thoughts of all of us who knew her, worked with her, and had come to love her.

Marilyn’s life and work was dedicated to social justice. She worked tirelessly to build, speak, and spread the word about meaningful civil rights and healthcare reform. Her leadership, vision, and passion helped to strengthen the recognition of healthcare as a human right throughout the nation.

A detailed statement about her life and work can be found here.

Healthcare-NOW launched the Marilyn Clement Health Care Justice Internship Program in October 2009 to honor her work in founding and building Healthcare-NOW!

As Marilyn said, “Being an organizer is an honorable profession… Spending my life as an organizer for change in this world has been a fantastic way to spend a life.”

It is in this spirit that we offer this internship opportunity to support local coalitions that affiliate with Healthcare-NOW! and the mission for single-payer national health care the opportunity to receive up to $1,500.00 to fund an intern of their choice to support the work of their coalition. Our mission is to bring new people into the movement for single-payer national health care by giving them the opportunity to work with active coalitions organizing locally for this important issue. Healthcare-NOW! will provide funds to pay a stipend to each intern, and will provide the initial orientation and training.

The interns recruited via this memorial will be part of Marilyn’s legacy, bringing new energy and passion to our movement. They will join hands with all of us who are dedicated to win guaranteed and comprehensive health care for every U.S. resident, cradle to grave.

If you would like to donate to the Marilyn Clement Health Justice Fund, please go here or send a check made out to IFCO/Healthcare-NOW! to 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 and put “Marilyn Clement Fund” in the memo.

If you are interested in applying for an intern, please contact Healthcare-NOW! at 800-453-1305 or info@healthcare-now.org.

To be eligible, your organization must affiliate with Healthcare-NOW! (go here to do so) and fill out this brief application.