2017 NYC Single-Payer Strategy Conference
This is the wiki page for notes, photos, powerpoint presentations, and video of the 2017 NYC Single-Payer Strategy Conference hosted from Jan. 13-15, 2017 by Healthcare-NOW, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States. To see what other conference presenters and participants have shared, click on the workshop or panel below that you're interested in.
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Conference Strategy Questions
Attendees will be asked to answer the following strategy questions at the conclusion of the conference based on their participation in workshops, plenaries, and their conversation with other movement activists at the conference. The questions are designed to focus our discussions and help us move towards consensus on important movement priorities by the end of the conference. Each question has a dedicated wiki page on which you can post your own thoughts or quotes from the conference that will help us move forward on these crucial organizing decisions!
- In the new administration, Medicare and Medicaid will be under the gun, ACA subsidies will be slashed and the budgets for most other public healthcare programs will be cut. People will be desperately fighting to hold on to what they have. How do we work to protect access to these programs, however flawed, while connecting these fights to Medicare for All and a more transformative vision of healthcare?
- We all win when we all win. What can we learn from Standing Rock, the Fight for 15, workers’ contract fights to defend existing benefits, and other battles that have won partial victories for working people?
- The new administration will seek to scapegoat immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and unionists to justify privatization of public healthcare programs, along with a wide range of other public goods and services. How can the movement for healthcare justice concretely work with these allied movements for social and economic justice?
- Organizing is all about connecting with the felt concerns of real people enmeshed in a network of social relationships. How can our personal healthcare stories allow us to reach out to others and what are the networks that I am personally connected to that can be mobilized for action?
Agenda for Friday, January 13
Single-Payer Rally at Trump Tower, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Reception, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
- Reception with live music, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks
Opening Plenary, 8:00PM - 9:00PM
- Call to Order + Call to Action for the Conference! Marva Wade, NYSNA
- Welcome from the Host Committee: Jean Ross, National Nurses United; Judy Gonzalez, NYSNA; Robert Score, IATSE Local One.
- Panel: The Legacy of Dr. King - Organizing at the Intersection of Healthcare Justice and Racial Justice</strong>: Senator Bill Perkins, NY Senate; Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, NYC Commissioner of Health (invited); and Ed Rosario, President, NYC Chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
- Recognizing Momentive Strikers, on strike for healthcare
- Keynote Speaker: Nina Turner
Agenda for Saturday, January 14
Strategy Plenary - Our Fight Begins, 9:00AM-11:00AM
- Panel: Assessing the Coming Attacks on Healthcare - Dr. Oli Fein, PNHP NY Metro; Les Leopold, The Labor Institute.
- Panel: Going on the Offense While Playing Defense - Michael Lighty, National Nurses United. Respondents: Alex Lawson, Social Security Works; Judith LeBlanc, Alliance for a Just Society.
TalkingListening to Unions About Single Payer Healthcare – Jim McGee, Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Fund
Workshop Block A, 11:30AM-12:30PM
- Introductory Workshop: Making the Case for Single-Payer – Facilitators: Emma Arnesty-Good, Healthcare-NOW; Stephanie Nakajima, Healthcare-NOW
- Next Steps for Labor: The AFL-CIO Convention and Beyond – Facilitator: Rand Wilson, SEIU Local 888.
- Telling Your Healthcare Story – Facilitators: Rose Roach, Minnesota Nurses Association; Donna Smith, Progressive Democrats of America.
- How to Play Offense While Playing Defense: Developing Local Campaigns for 2017 – Facilitator: Benjamin Day, Healthcare-NOW.
- Single-Payer Organizing & Public Sector Workers in an Era of Privatization – Facilitator: Cindy Young, J. Glynn & Co.
- Next Steps for Campaign for New York Health – Facilitators: Katie Robbins, PNHP NY Metro; Ursula Rozum, Campaign for New York Health; Steve Toff, NYSNA.
Workshop Block B, 1:30PM-3:00PM
- Introductory Workshop: The Single-Payer Movement & Organizing 101 – Facilitators: Benjamin Day, Healthcare-NOW; Ursula Rozum, Campaign for New York Health.
- Addressing Union Concerns Regarding State Single Payer – Facilitator: Jim McGee, Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Fund
- Building a Winning Movement: Moving from Tactical Coalitions to Strategic Partnerships – Facilitators: Ben Palmquist, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Drew Christopher Joy, Southern Maine Workers’ Center; Jessica Morrison, Vermont Workers’ Center; Nijmie Dzurinko, Put People First! PA.
- Online Organizing for Single-Payer Activists – Facilitators: Stephanie Nakajima, Healthcare-NOW; Winnie Wong, People for Bernie Sanders
- The State of State Single-Payer Campaigns in 2017 – Facilitators: Sonja Rotenberg, Illinois Single-Payer Coalition; Donna Smith, Progressive Democrats of America
- Single Payer Study Controversies – Facilitators: Lucas Osborne, Healthcare-NOW; Leonard Rodberg, Queens College/CUNY
Movement-Building Plenary, 3:00PM-5:15PM
- Presentation: Resisting Privatization & Organizing for Public Rights - Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union
- Panel: The Re-Opening of State Health Reform, Prospects for Single-Payer - Richard Gottfried, NY Assembly; Jeff Johnson, Washington State AFL-CIO; Pilar Schiavo, Campaign for a Healthy California; Donna Smith, Healthcare for All Colorado.
- Panel: Building a Unified Opposition - Kamini Doobay, Coalition to Dismantle Racism in Healthcare; Nadina LaSpina, Disabled in Action; Mari Lopez, Health for All; Claire McClinton, Flint Democracy Defense League; Brandon Cuicchi, ACT UP New York.
Agenda for Sunday, January 15
Strategy Sessions & Closing Plenary, 9:00AM-11:00AM
- Small Group Sessions: Answer the Framing Questions of the Conference - Facilitator: John Lozier, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council.
- Closing Plenary: Next Steps for the Movement - Benjamin Day, Healthcare-NOW; Mark Dudzic, Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare; Donna Smith, One Payer States.