On Friday June 24, the Democratic Party’s Platform Drafting Committee rejected an amendment that would have committed the Party to fight for Medicare for All, by a 7-to-6 vote.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take right now to help us make sure Medicare for All is on the 2016 Democratic Party platform!
Our goal is to get 2,000 more paper signatures by the convention. We’ll need 40 committed activists to get 50 signatures each. Good places to collect signatures are Democratic party meetings, progressive organizations’ events, or even just public open spaces like the park. Download the PDF of the petition here.
If you’d like to step up and be one of the 40, please email us!
Why is this petition important?
The petition, which demands that the DNC respect the will of its base and put single payer on the party platform, is up to 22,0000 signatures and growing every day. Now that the platform committee isn’t taking any more public testimony, signing and circulating the petition is the only direct way the people can be heard before the final vote! It’s is also a great way to grow the single payer movement, by identifying and recruiting more single payer supporters for the fight today and beyond November.
2. Help us Identify your State’s Platform Committee Members & Delegates
It’s important that we know who these delegates are so we can start reaching out to them about the single payer amendment.
Platform Committee Members are the 186 representatives chosen from each state to vote on the platform in Orlando on July 8-9.
Delegates are the 2,383 representatives to the convention who are elected/chosen at the state or local level, and who are committed to supporting either Clinton or Sanders (but can vote on the platform as they please).
If you know who your state’s platform committee members and/or delegates are, please email us!
How to find your state’s Platform Committee Members and Delegates
- Call the staff in your state party’s office.
- If they’re unwilling to give you the information, think of someone who is active in the party – they may have insider information.
- If you know your delegate or platform committee member, reach out and ask them to support a single-payer amendment (we’ll also be following up with everyone we can).