Across the US-- and here in Tucson-- citizens will be standing in solidarity with fast food workers who are demanding a living wage. The Tucson protest is at the McDonalds at Alvernon and Speedway. Here is the flyer . Here is a link to the Facebook event.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare reform, in general, will be the focus of PDA Tucson's general membership meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Andrea Witte (the Connect the Dots Lady) will present the updated version of "The American Healthcare CrazyQuilt", which looks at how the US healthcare system evolved into the most expensive system in the world but still leaves millions of people uninsured. She also will discuss the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Eve Shapiro, local pediatrician and head of PDA Tucson's universal healthcare issue organizing team, will talk about single-payer, universal healthcare and why that should be our country's ultimate healthcare reform goal. The ACA is a step in the right direction but not the end of the road.
Concluding the healthcare portion of the program, Michal Goforth, executive director of the Pima County Access Program, will talk about local ACA outreach efforts and local implementation of the new healthcare law.
Rounding out the evening, PDA Tucson Chair Phil Lopes will discuss local and national initiatives of the Progressive Democrats of America.
The Nov. 14 meeting will be held at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St. The entrance faces Congress Street, but parking is on the North and East sides of the building. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Affordable Care Act Quick Reference Guide from Connect the Dots USA
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Yesterday, I posted this story about the Fall Membership Meeting of PDA Tucson. The headline speaker was to be Congressman Raul Grijalva.
The Congressman had to cancel, so the PDA meeting is being postponed until Thursday, Nov. 14.
Here is a link to the event on Facebook. You can find updates on PDA Tucson's Facebook page or on this blog.
We had hoped that Grijalva canceled because he was called back to DC to vote on lifting the shutdown and the debt ceiling, but given this afternoon's headlines that vote appears to be a distant dream.
Monday, October 14, 2013
With the government shutdown, historic gridlock in Congress, and multiple protests errupting, Washington DC has been a hotbed of political activity.
While some Arizona Democrats are cozying up to the Republicans, Congressman Raul Grijalva continues to be a leader of the progressive movement. Last week, he and other progressive Congressmen were arrested at a recent immigration reform protest in DC (at left). He also spoke with Democracy Now about the shutdown and immigration reform.
This Wednesday, October 16, Grijalva will give a Washington update at the Fall Membership Meeting of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tucson Chapter at the Ward 6 midtown office.
Following Grijalva, will be a two-part discussion of healthcare reform. Andrea "Connect the Dots Lady" Witte will use her usual wit and great graphics to explain the Affordable Care Act, and Dr. Eve Shapiro, PDA Tucson Steering Committee member, will discuss Medicare for All and why universal healthcare should remain our goal. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20, 2013
The Affordable Care Act exchanges (aka Marketplace) will be opening up on October 1, 2013 with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014.
And that’s when pre-existing condition discrimination goes away, too. Hooray for the ACA!
For all of us that worked so hard to get some meaningful health insurance reform passed, here are a few ways you can help make the launch a big success...
The attached PDFs — “ACA Basics” and “ACA Tax Credits” — make a wonderful two-sided flyer that you can take to your events. They were a big hit at the Labor Day picnic and UA campus. I plan to go over to campus regularly to reach the Young Invincibles.
Please let me know if you want to join me or know about other events where we can reach lots of folks.