All posts by Mary Shesgreen

Rally for Single Payer Health Care, April 8th, 10 AM, Elgin

April 8th Action for Improved Medicare for All!
Single Payer Health Care, HR #676.
Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM
in front of Sherman Hospital on Randall Road in Elgin
that’s 1425 N Randall Rd, Elgin, IL 60123.
See the map here.

This will be part of a Nationwide Day of Action.  Please join us in a rally for HR #676, Single Payer Health Care.

Thanks to the persistent and persuasive activism of literally millions of Americans, we stopped the cruel Paul Ryan Health Care Plan which would have thrown more than 20 million citizens off the insurance rolls.  When that plan went down to a well-deserved and ignominious defeat, it opened up an opportunity for us to raise our voices and call for the only plan that will genuinely cut health care costs, cover everybody, preserve choice of provider, and give Americans the health care we deserve.  Many of us have argued for Single Payer Health Care for years.  The fight to make it happen is still a long and daunting one, because many of our elected officials and the mainstream media will not even conduct an open and fact-based dialogue about it.   read more

Two Upcoming Meetings

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice will hold our April meeting on Saturday, April 1st at 9:00 AM at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Avenue in Elgin.  

The newly- formed Fox Valley Voices for Democracy will hold our April meeting on Saturday, April 22nd  from 1 PM till 3 PM at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Avenue in Elgin.  We have seven working groups:  economic justice, the environment, health care, education, women’s issues, protecting vulnerable people,   & voting rights. read more

Occupy Elgin, Sat., April 1st, 1 PM, We welcome Immigrants, Muslims, & Refugees!

Occupy Elgin will meet on Saturday, April 1st from  1 PM till 2 PM at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin.  We will hold signs and distribute flyers.  Our emphasis will be:

Immigrants are Welcome Here!
Refugees are Welcome Here!
Muslims are Welcome Here!

We strongly oppose the Travel Ban on people from six Arab countries and the plans to detain and deport many immigrants.

Demonstration to Protest Paul Ryan’s Health Care Bill

Fox Valley Voices for Democracy, a newly formed organization, along with
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice will hold a
Demonstration of Protest to express our strenuous rejection of

HR #2653, the new Paul Ryan Health Care Bill. 
Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30 till 7:00 PM
Elgin City Hall
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL  60120

We will gather outside city hall, not because we are targeting city officials, but because that location, at the local level, represents government.  We will make ourselves visible. 
We will have speakers, signs, and a vigorous crowd of protesters.
We see the “replacement” for the ACA as a war upon the poor, the working class, and the middle class by the One-Percent, the billionaire class, and by our elected officials who do their bidding.  The bill will gut Medicaid, damage Medicare, and will throw millions of people off the insurance rolls over the next ten years.  Thousands will die; the poor, people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions.  The bill will also provide a big tax cut to the wealthy. 
We believe that health care is a human right, not a commodity.
Some of us support the ACA, while many of us support a Single Payer Health Care system, such as is described by HR # 676, and as exists in Canada.  Every other industrialized country, and even a very poor country like Nicaragua,  has some form of universal coverage for health care its citizens.  Here in the US, we pay more than people in those countries, and receive less care. 
We are outraged.  Join us.