2017 NYC Single-Payer Strategy Conference

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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!

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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

Agenda for Saturday, January 14

Strategy Plenary - Our Fight Begins, 9:00AM-11:00AM

Workshop Block A, 11:30AM-12:30PM

Workshop Block B, 1:30PM-3:00PM

Movement-Building Plenary, 3:00PM-5:15PM

Agenda for Sunday, January 15

Strategy Sessions & Closing Plenary, 9:00AM-11:00AM