54 Arrested in Seven Single-Payer Actions
The Mobilization for Health Care had a very strong showing in nine cities around the country yesterday. At least 54 people were arrested in the nine cities.
In New York City, the brave protesters were supported by a crowd of 50 legal protesters. We were prepared to start the action with 10 people risking arrest, and 4 more people joined us to stand up to the corporations that steal our money, our health, and our lives.
Our next task on October 28th is to grow the Mobilization. We want to see the number of cities with mobilizations to be at least 15 and well over 100 people risking arrest.
The task now is to spread the word. Let friends, families and others know about the Mobilization and urge them to sign up at www.MobilizeForHealthCare.org.
It is our job to create a political environment that makes single-payer the inevitable solution to America’s healthcare crisis. It is obvious that what is happening in Congress will not provide healthcare for all — tens of millions will be without insurance ten years from now under the best estimates — and will not control the cost of healthcare — as the insurance industry if projecting a 111% increase in cost over the next decade of their already overpriced products.
Here’s news coverage from yesterday’s actions (we’ll add more as they come in):
Dozens Arrested at Sit-In Protests at Health Insurance Companies – Democracy Now
Funding and Middle-Class Relief Are Keys to Health Bills – Wall Street Journal
14 charged in NYC protest at health insurer office – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Arrests Made at NYC Insurance Protest – AP Video
Protest leads to arrest of 11 – Daily News Tribune
11 charged with trespassing at health care protest in Newton – Boston Globe
En la lucha por reforma de salud – LA Opinion
KPFK – 6 PM Evening News
Palm Beach, FL
Sit-in protest at Humana’s office – Palm Beach Post
Phoenix Progressive Democrats Plan “Die-In” at United Health Care, Civil Disobedience Anticipated (w/Update) – Phoenix New Times
Protesters Arrested At Health Care Reform Sit-In – Fox 12
Healthcare Sit-In – KOIN 6
Police Arrest Twelve for Trespassing at Regence – KBOO Radio
Police Arrest Twelve at Regence – The Lund Report
Group Pickets Health Care Provider in 9-city Protest – News Channel 8
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