Thursday, August 13, 2009


August 29, 2009


2 PM Rally at Times Square, 42nd St. and 7th Avenue

Health reform is finally within grasp. Opponents are spending millions every day to destroy it. We cannot let this happen. We voted for change in '08 and we must see it through.

On Saturday, August 29, 2009, New Yorkers will walk from all parts of the city for the first ever United We Walk for Reform Rally in support of the historic health reform legislation before Congress.

It's our health care. It's our time. Save the date to make your voice heard.

Grassroots groups will meet in front of hospitals and health clinics across the city to walk to rally at Times Square. Check out for meeting locations in the next week (or set up one of your own).
2 - 3:30 PM - UNITY RALLY: Rally for health care at Times Square, 42nd St. and 7th Avenue

Want to organize your own walk to the rally? It's easy:

1) List your "United, We Walk for Health Care Reform" event on and spread the word to your friends.
2) To calculate the time you'll need to get to Times Square, we recommend
3) Have fun and bring banners, wear t-shirts and buttons. Be creative!
4) Remind people to use sidewalks and bring posterboard signs (nothing on sticks).

Thank you for being a leader for health care reform. This can't happen without you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Demystifying the Health Care Debate

We break down what’s going on with Health Care Reform

Saturday, August 15 at 3pm

2479 Frederick Douglass Blvd just below 133rd St.

Featuring Harlem4 members:

Dr. Janet Taylor (Today Show, Star Jones Live)
Steve Leser (Editor, OpEd News)

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In November-and against all odds, we took the driver's seat. We cannot become guilty of falling asleep at the wheel.

The availability, the expense and the inadequacies of health care in America are a national disgrace. We worked hard to elect an Administration that is responsive to the needs of everyday Americans. The next stage requires that we continue our call that health care in America is regarded as a human right. We are making the statement that national health care is a national imperative and we feel that there is no more appropriate place to make our stand than in Harlem.

Join us. Bring your family. Bring your friends, neighbors and coworkers. Please forward and distribute the flier below. To make change, we must make our stand.

As Barack Obama said himself, change in health care "requires a mobilization of energy of the American people to insist on a Congress and a White House that are actually going to deliver this time."

Chet Whye

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Upcoming Events

Sick in the System

Film Screening Party

Tuesday, August 11th, 7-10 PM

Irish Rogue, 356 W. 44th St (between 8th and 9th Ave.)


Join us at the Irish Rogue to view this powerful documentary made by a group of New York grassroots volunteers!

We will also talk about how we will help cure our "sick" system!

The film features real life stories, which have been central to swaying Congress and is something President Obama's been asking for. It's the all volunteer work of a young director, Brooklynite Brian Umana, and his team of twelve, who have interviewed dozens of New Yorkers over the past few months. We're learning how important personal stories are to this movement, and that's why this particular volunteer effort is so important: to get these stories to legislators.

Check out clips here:

Kelly (from Brooklyn):
Community Health Fair

Saturday, August 8 10:00 AM

A multi cultural Annual health fair. With Music, food and fun. The celebration includes Health care and mental Health information. The goal is to Educate the community, while celebrating the end of summer. This Event will be held at the Calvary Cathedral of Praise, where several colorful tents will be erected. A variety of the finest exotic and comfort foods/dishes from various Countries including the U.S.A. Health care data via mobile equipment. Information about Health Care Reform will be on Hand. Members from Organizing for America are encouraged and urged to participate,and to enjoy the event.

TimeSaturday, August 8,10 AM
Host:Joanne A Bailey
Location:Calvary Cathedral of Praise (Brooklyn, NY)

45 East 8th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11218

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hoodlum in the House--er, Town Hall

Here's a great Rachel Maddow segment about the staged disruptions of Democratic representatives' town hall meetings around the country.

These organized mobs remind me of Mussolini's black shirts. After the Brooks Brothers riot in Florida (2000), I can't say I'm completely surprised, but it still does amaze me that a major political party and its allies are willing to stoop this low.

I guess the only antidotes are intense blogger pressure on the media to report on the groups involved and their leaked strategy memo, and large crowds of people genuinely interested in rational public discourse.