2019 Single-Payer Strategy Conference

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This is the wiki page for notes, photos, powerpoint presentations, and video of the 2019 Portland Single-Payer Strategy Conference hosted from October 18-20, 2019 by Healthcare-NOW and the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare. To see what other conference presenters and participants have shared, click on the workshop or panel below that you're interested in.

Portland, Oregon - Photo by Fcb981 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2347176

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Friday, October 18, 2019


Rally for Medicare for All, 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Opening Plenary, 8:00PM-9:00PM Location: Eliot Center, Main Sanctuary



Saturday, October 19, 2019


Morning Plenary, 9:00AM-10:50AM Location: Eliot Center, Main Sanctuary

Panel - The State of the Movement:

  • Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare
  • Cokie Giles, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • Sofia Sepulveda, Texas Organizing Project
  • Benjamin Day, Healthcare-NOW

Report from the Frontlines

Richard Master, Business for Medicare for All

Panel - Ain't Gonna Let Them Divide and Conquer

  • Jose la Luz, Deb-Jones-Douglass Institute
  • Diane Archer, Just Care
  • Donna Cartwright, Pride at Work, Medicare Advocate
  • Stephanie Nakajima, Healthcare-NOW

They Will Not Go Softly Into the Good Night:

  • Alex Lawson, Social Security Works

Workshop Block A, 10:50AM-12:05PM


Workshop Block B, 1:05PM-2:20PM


Afternoon Plenary, 2:20PM-4:25PM Location: Eliot Center, Main Sanctuary

Crafting a Comprehensive Strategy for Victory

Video Interview: O Canada! - Dr. Monika Dutt, Canadian Doctors for Medicare

State of Play in Washington, DC

Panel - Ramping Up for 2020: Moderated by Donna Smith

  • Donna Smith, Progressive Democrats of America
  • Marti Garzi, International Association of Machinists
  • Jennifer Flynn Walker, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Michael Lighty, Democratic Socialists of America


Distributed Organizing on Medicare for All, 4:25PM-5:25PM - Wins, Challenges, and the Path Forward

Speakers from National Nurses United:

  • Kelly Coogan-Gehr
  • Jasmine Ruddy


Off-Agenda Saturday Evening Events!


Happy Hour & Mixer at Shift Drinks PDX, 6:00PM-8:00PM - Hosted by the Medicare For All Resolutions Campaign


FREE Screening of Knock Down the House, 7:00PM-9:00PM - Courtesy of Amy Vilela



Agenda for Sunday, October 20, 2019


Everybody In! Confronting Inequities and Bringing New Voices to the Table, 9:10AM-9:30AM - Darius Gordon, National Field Organizer, Center for Popular Democracy

Roundtable Strategy Discussions & Report-Backs, 9:30AM - 11:00AM

This is What Democracy Looks Like! Learning from Puerto Rico, 11:00AM - 11:20AM - Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico