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Agenda: 2018 Single-Payer Strategy Conference

Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24
Minneapolis, MN

The agenda below is still in-formation and subject to change! Check back at this page for agenda updates.

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Agenda for Friday, June 22

Registration Opens at 2:00PM

March for Guaranteed Healthcare, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Reception, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: foyer of the 3rd floor at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

Opening Plenary, 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: Scandinavian Ballroom, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

  • Call to Order and Call to Action for the Conference – Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President, New York State Nurses Association
  • Video: Victory at the AFL-CIO! The Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.
  • Why We Fight: Testimony from Patients Fighting Back. Ashlea Bassham, West Virginia teacher; Leslea Hodgson, Land Stewardship Project; Rebecca Wood, Healthcare-NOW Virginia; Christie Offenbacher, social worker and DSA.
  • Keynote Speaker: Representative Keith Ellison, lead sponsor of the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676
  • Representative Pramila Jayapal, Washington

Agenda for Saturday, June 23

Continental Breakfast, Registration, Sharice McCain sings, 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Location: foyer of the 3rd floor at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

Opening Remarks, Roundtable Discussions, 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Location: Scandinavian Ballroom, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

  • Call to Order: Chair – Katie Robbins, Campaign for New York Health and NYSNA
  • Running on Medicare for All – Erin Murphy, DFL-endorsed candidate for Governor of Minnesota
  • Our Political Moment & the Pathway to Victory, Michael Lighty
  • Roundtable Discussions & Report Back

Workshop Block A, 10:30AM – 11:45AM
Location: Breakout room listed in parentheses for each workshop! “Norway” breakouts are on the 3rd floor, “Fjords” breakouts on the 2nd floor.

  • Single Payer 101: Making the Case – Facilitator: Laurel Gamm, Minnesota PNHP (Scandinavian Ballroom)
  • Building a Feminist, Multi-Racial, Pro-Immigrant Movement for Single Payer: Why and How? – Roona Ray, Campaign for New York Health; Tammy Rojas, Put People First! PA; Ursula Rozum, PNHP NY Metro; Megan Svoboda, Democratic Socialists of America Medicare for All Campaign; Laile Wilson, Put People First! PA. (Fjords 1)
  • Taking on Big Pharma – Facilitator: Alex Lawson, Social Security Works; Brian Yablon, Minnesota PNHP; Justin Mendoza, Public Citizen (Fjords 2)
  • Follow the Money: Big Money and the Politics of Healthcare Reform – Facilitator: Donna Smith, Progressive Democrats of America; Wendell Potter, whistleblower and tarbell.org; Jeff Clark, Move to Amend (Fjords 3)
  • Building Rural Grassroots Power to Win Healthcare for All – Matthew Covington, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement; Mark Schultz, Minnesota Land Stewardship Program (Fjords 4)
  • Building Solidarity: Bargaining Fights and Healthcare Justice – Facilitator: Peter Knowlton, President, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (Norway 1)
  • Forging Partnerships with Workers’ Centers and Other Non-Union Workers’ Organizations – Ben Palmquist, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative; Tony Pecinovsky, St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (Norway 2)

Lunch and Caucusing, 11:45AM – 1:00PM
Location: foyer of the 3rd floor at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

Messaging and the Medicare-for-All Mid-Terms, 1:00PM – 2:20PM
Location: Scandinavian Ballroom, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

  • Crafting Our Message – Matt MacWilliams, founder of MacWilliams Sanders
  • Panel: Medicare for All as a Political Campaign Theme – Facilitator: Donna Dewitt, former President South Carolina AFL-CIO; Amy Vilela, candidate for Nevada‚Äôs 4th Congressional District; Randy Bryce, candidate for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Respondent: MN State Senator John Marty

Workshop Block B, 2:20PM – 3:35PM
Location: Breakout room listed in parentheses for each workshop! “Norway” breakouts are on the 3rd floor, “Fjords” breakouts on the 2nd floor.

  • What Does Just Transition Look Like? – Facilitator: Mark Dudzic Labor Campaign for Single Payer; Marilyn Albert, National Union of Healthcare Workers; Eric Gonzalez, Washington State AFL-CIO (Fjords 1)
  • Online Organizing for Medicare for All – Stephanie Nakajima, Healthcare-NOW (Fjords 2)
  • Building a Feminist, Multi-Racial, Pro-Immigrant Movement for Single Payer: Why and How? – Ben Palmquist, NESRI; with Roona Ray, Campaign for New York Health; Tammy Rojas, Put People First! PA; Ursula Rozum, PNHP NY Metro; Megan Svoboda, Democratic Socialists of America Medicare for All Campaign; Laile Wilson, Put People First! PA. (Fjords 3)
  • All About Grassroots Lobbying – Benjamin Day, Healthcare-NOW; Mark Privratsky, Minnesota Nurses Association (Fjords 4)
  • Long Term Care, Disability Rights and the Single Payer Movement – Facilitator: Henry Moss, PNHP NY Metro Chapter; Susan Aarup, ADAPT and Illinois Single-Payer Coalition; Sumer Spika, SEIU Healthcare MN; Eagan Kemp, Public Citizen (Norway 1)
  • Telling Your Healthcare Story – Geri Katz, Minnesota Nurses Association (Norway 2)
  • State of the State-Based Single-Payer Legislative and Ballot Campaigns – Facilitator: Chuck Pennacchio, One Payer States (Norway 3)

Organizing for Medicare for All and the Rise of Incremental Alternatives, 3:35PM – 5:20PM
Location: Scandinavian Ballroom, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

  • Panel: Voices From the Grassroots – Facilitator: Marva Wade, NYSNA; Mary Beth Gagne, Maine AFL-CIO; Susan Aarup, ADAPT and Illinois Single-Payer Coalition; Dustin Guastella, Democratic Socialists of America; Mari Lopez, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.
  • The Perils of Incrementalism – Diane Archer, Just Care

Off-the-Agenda Saturday Evening Events!

  • 5:30-6:30PM: Break-out: Socialism and Single Payer – hosted by Democratic Socialists of America (Norway 2 breakout room)
  • 7:00-9:00PM: Creative Strategies for Winning State Single Payer Campaigns – hosted by One Payer States (Norway 1 breakout room)

Agenda for Sunday, June 24

Continental breakfast, 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Location: foyer of the 3rd floor at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

A New Campaign for Medicare for All & Strategy Roundtables, 9:00AM-11:30AM
Location: Scandinavian Ballroom, 3rd floor, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown

  • The National Campaign to Win Medicare for All – Holly Miller, National Nurses United
  • Bringing Big Organizing to the Single Payer Movement – Becky Bond, former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.
  • Roundtable Discussions & Report Back
  • This is What Victory Looks Like – Jose La Luz.