Put People First PA joined millions of people across the United States and world between January 14-20 demonstrating around Martin Luther King Jr. Day and at actions demanding positive change and policy for our communities and families.
January 14 In Lancaster, PPF took part at the #LancasterStandsUp community meeting. Read more at the Lancaster Online.
The Pittsburgh OC had a great meeting where they discussed threats to health care funding and, in honor of of Dr. King’s legacy, they heard from longtime organizers Toni McClendon and Randa Shannon about their work in the Civil Rights movement.
January 15 In Philadelphia, we joined PASNAP, other unions, community groups, and elected officials to call for lawmakers to protect Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). We were featured on a video by Philly We Rise and the Media Mobilizing Project:
January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day PPFers in Philly joined with thousands of others at the POWER MLK DARE March in solidarity with the Reclaim MLK actions across the country, recognizing King’s analysis and calls to action around racism and poverty.
The York OC held a standing-room-only event calling for a new Poor People’s Campaign. More than 40 people shared poems, writings, and testimonies calling for human rights and celebrating a spirit of empowerment.
Listen to South Central PA organizer Carla Christopher read a poem about Dr. King’s legacy:
January 18 PPF members, new and old, across the state, had a conference call to discuss our 2017 campaign and what’s currently happening in Congress with regards to health care and the ACA.
January 20 On the day of the presidential inauguration, Put People First took part in the People’s Inauguration in Philly, an event held by the New Sanctuary Movement. Along with speakers from many other community organizations, PPF’s Richard Mosley spoke about health care access in and outside of the prison system and solidarity with immigrants. Then all in attendance took an oath together to protect and fight for each other in the face of all types of systemic oppression.
Coming Up: January 26 Join Put People First in Philly to protest creating a new health care system that’s even worse at meeting our needs than it already is! Resistance in Philly Healthcare Action: PPF Contingent