Where are you while we change the conversation and agenda in America?
Today the broad coaltion of the Healthcare for the 99% OWS Wiorking Groups will be out protesting all day as part the worldwide November 17 Day of Action:
Some, like the brave and the good Katie Robbins (seen here at the end of our October healthcare march)...
...are crashing the banksters at the Stock Exchange as I sit at a computer posting this.
Other's, including me, will be holding a speak-out/die-in protesting the closure of the only hosptial on the westside of Manhattan below 57th Street at 1:00pm
And finally at 5pm many many others of us doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers will be gathering with thousands of others at Foley Square. In our case, meeting-up at the 125 Worth Street building on the northside of the square, symbolic and practical as the site of the NYC Department of Health.
Where will you be for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
"Breakfast" at 7am – Shut Down Wall Street (details here)
"Lunch" at 1pm – Join the activists fighting to save St Vincent’s Hospital
■ When: 1pm – 1:30pm
■ What: Speak-Out and Die-In
■ Where: Corner of 11th Street and 7th Ave (in front of the old Emergency Room)
■ 3pm March to Union Square to join the OWS Speakout
"Dinner" at 5pm – Rally at Foley Square
■ March with Healthcare for the 99%!
■ Meet-Up Point: 125 Worth St at the Department of Health and Human Services
■ Meeting Time: between 4:30pm and 5pm.
■ Wear your white coats, scrubs, bring signs!
■ Then, we’ll march together to the huge demonstration at Foley Square.
Doctors Support Occupy Wall Street Because......
We support Occupy Wall Street because the private health insurance industry exemplifies the OWS movement’s central tenet: its unchecked corporate greed tramples human need.
We support OWS because economic and social inequalities make our patients sick.
We support OWS because we reject a system that forces us to treat patients differently based on the types of insurance they have and what kinds of treatments they can “afford.”
We support OWS because we believe in evidence, and evidence shows us that profit-driven health care raises costs and lowers quality. It’s unhealthy for the 99%; only CEOs and stockholders benefit.
We support OWS because our political leaders, held hostage by corporate money, reject evidence-based health policies such as a single payer reform that would save both lives and money.
We support OWS because the health care economy – like the overall economy – has more than sufficient resources to take care of 100%, but the resources are siphoned off by profit-driven corporations in the interest of the 1%.
We support OWS because we took the oath to do no harm, and our corrupt political and economic systems are doing all of us harm.
We support OWS because we are hopeful that we can change our society.
Wherever you are, where will you be on Thursday November 17, 2011?
I know where I will be...