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County Grassroots Speaks to TeamObama

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Photo: Bernice Mason (left), Tina and Randy Shannon of PDA, and Peter Lesser of Organizing for America.

Obama’s New Project
Hears County Activists on
Tough Battles Ahead

By Carl Davidson
Beaver County Blue

About 25 people gathered at the Center Township Volunteer Fire Dept in Beaver County on the evening of July 16, sat down in a circle of folding chairs, and got involved in a new initiative from the Obama administration, a ‘listening tour’ to hear out local activists on current political battles.

The event was pulled together by the new nationwide project of the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America (OFA), and local Democratic Party leaders. Peter Lesser, OFA Field Organizer for Western PA, and former Obama campaign organizer in Chester, PA, led the session. He was introduced by Rocco Giammaria from the Center Township Democratic Committee, and leader of the Obama campaign in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mike Sisk, Beaver County Democratic Chairman, and Tony Amadio, Chairman of the Beaver County Commissioners also participated in the meeting.

If the meeting’s aim was to get a cross section of the hopes and frustrations of local Obama campaign activists, the organizers got what they wanted, and then some.
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Thirty Arrested at WV ‘Mountaintop Removal’ Protest

Mountaintop removal protest:
Finding a path forward?

by Ken Ward Jr.
The Charleston Gazette

SUNDIAL, W.Va. — It was quite a scene outside Massey Energy’s Goals Coal Co. operation Tuesday.

First, there were the protesters — a mix of West Virginia residents and those darned out-of-state agitators — playing some hillbilly music, doing some speechifying, and then marching down W.Va. 3 in the hopes of being carted off by State Police troopers, joining the ranks of those who have been arrested in the growing civil disobedience campaign against mountaintop removal.

Then, there were the miners and their families. They revved up motorcycle engines, honked air horns and did one heck of a lot of yelling, all trying to drown out the protesters. Then, of course, they massed together, blocking the entrance to the mine site, thwarting any hopes the other side had of trespassing on Massey property.
And oh yeah, Daryl Hannah was there — and she smiled and waved as she got hauled off in a nice, blue-and-gold trooper cruiser. There was also some guy named James Hansen, who happens to be one of the world’s top climate scientists. He got arrested, too.

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Single-Payer, Medicare for All, is Best Solution to Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2009

CONTACT: CNA/NNOC/PDA
Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246
or Tim Carpenter, 413-320-2015

Nurses, Progressive Dems Seek Stepped Up
Action for Real, “Robust” Healthcare Reform

WASHINGTON – June 24 – With action heating up in Washington for enactment of comprehensive healthcare reform, the nation’s largest RN union and professional association joined with progressive Democratic Party activists today in calling for the most “robust” reform of all to repair the nation’s healthcare crisis, by enacting a single-payer system in the form of an expanded and updated Medicare for all.

In a joint statement, the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association and Progressive Democrats of America announced they are stepping up calls and other lobbying efforts to urge Congressional leaders to include discussion of the single-payer option in upcoming deliberations on the healthcare reform legislation now advancing in Congress.
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Public Meeting on Healthcare with Cong. Altmire 9:15am May 9th in Cranberry

SEND A MESSAGE TO CONGRESSMAN ALTMIRE (D-4th)

HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT,
NOT JUST ANOTHER
‘INSURANCE PRODUCT’
TO BE SOLD FOR PROFIT!

Saturday May 9, 2009
Cranberry Twp. Municipal Building
2525 Rochester Road
9:15 AM

o    Insurance companies like AARP do not cure the sick, care for patients, or cure disease.
o    Giving taxpayer dollars to insurance companies is not healthcare reform
o    We want healthcare not health insurance
o    Health care insurance premiums are out of control, rising 100% since 2000 and projected to consume all of the average household income by 2025!
o    Private insurance offers less choice. 95% of HMO/PPO metro markets in the USA are near monopolies.  UPMC and Highmark are dominant in our area!

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR A UNIVERSAL NOT FOR PROFIT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM

WHY DOES JASON ALTMIRE REFUSE TO LET HR 676, THE U.S. HEALTH CARE ACT, THE SINGLE PAYER SOLUTION BE DEBATED AS A HEALTHCARE OPTION?

WHO DOES JASON ALTMIRE REPRESENT?

INSURANCE/FINANCE COMPANIES OR THE PEOPLE?

For more information
W.PA. Coalition for Single Payer HealthCare
http://www.wpasinglepayer.org
412-826-1270