Protect Our Care -- Defeat Graham-Cassidy Bill!

rally_woman_with_sign.jpg32 million people would lose health coverage under the latest right-wing plan to gut health care funding.

Republicans in Congress have been secretly working on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill for week and now they want to rush it to a vote by September 30.

Here’s what you can do right now and this week (forward this email to friends!): 

1.) Call 844-898-1199 to connect with your Representative and tell them to reject Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

Graham-Cassidy takes the worst parts of each of the Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and combines them into one bill. It allows insurance companies to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions. It destroys Medicaid as we know it, taking $19 billion in Medicaid funding from New York and leaving millions of people who otherwise couldn’t afford it without health care. And it's rumored it could try to ban states like New York from setting up our own single-payer, universal health care system.

Graham-Cassidy has to be stopped. Call 844-898-1199 to connect with your Representative now. Tell them you expect them to oppose this disastrous bill because health care is a human right. 

2.) Pick up the phone to call across the country. 
Our allies at 1199 SEUI will have a HUB dialer up. Volunteers are needed to call people in Ohio and other states.  Here are the instructions to join the calling campaign: To log into the campaign, you need only go to and log in with the campaign ID 09740 and the passcode 171717.  And here is the training video:  A help hotline is up again as well, 844-898-1199.

3.) Join a local Congressional recess action. Demonstrations, rallies, die-ins, and more are being planned to make sure our members of Congress know that we expect them to stand up for health care as a human right.

Syracuse - Thurs Sept 21 - 12pm
Congressman Katko's office
440 S Warren St, Syracuse, New York 13202
Details and RSVP on Facebook

Albany - Fri Sept 22 - 11:30am -1pm

Leo O'Brien Federal Building
Albany, New York 12207
Contact Jamaica Miles [email protected]518-496-0799

Glens Falls - Fri Sept 22 - 4-6pm

Rep. Stefanik's office, 136 Glen St.
Contact Joe Seeman: [email protected]

Plattsburgh - Fri Sept 22 - 5-6pm
Starting at Trinity Park, 1 Trinity Pl.
Marching to Rep. Stefanik's office, 23 Durkee St.
RSVP, details, and spread the word on Facebook.  

Kingston - Fri Sept 22  
721 Broadway, Kingston, NY
Contact Callie Jayne, [email protected]203-803-7414
RSVP and help spread the word on Facebook.

Utica - Fri Sept 22 - 5pm
Rally at Oneida Square Roundabout.
Sponsored by Citizen Action of New York, Central New York Citizen Action, Indivisible Mohawk Valley, 1199SEIU.
RSVP and help spread the word via Facebook. 

New York City - Fri Sept 22 - 12pm
Press Conference - Outside of Staten Island office of Rep Dan Donovan
Contact: Mark Hannay [email protected]

Thanks for all you do! See you in the streets! 



Organizing Update - August 2017


One of the most powerful outreach tools we have is the Health Care Access Survey, a tool volunteer organizers are using for one-on-one outreach in communities across New York to guide conversations about personal health care experiences. 
On Saturday, September 23 we are organizing teams of volunteers to go door-to-door using the Health Care Access Survey to hear from members of our community about the challenges they face accessing healthcare. Our goal is to organize outreach teams in EVERY Upstate New York county. Would you sign up to be a Canvassing Team Leader on September 23?

What do we expect of Canvassing Team Leaders?

  • Choose a geographic area for outreach. 
  • Recruit friends to join you. The Campaign for New York Health will help you connect with other volunteers in your area.
  • Plan to attend, bring materials, and welcome volunteers. The statewide Campaign for New York Health will make sure you have materials (surveys, scripts, flyers, and buttons) the day of your event. 

Learn more about the September 23 Outreach Day of Outreach and register your event here and don't hesitate to email [email protected] with your questions.

File_000_(1).jpegOutreach Materials - Request in Time for Labor Day!
There are still several weeks of warm weather ahead and Labor Day is just around the corner. Are you planning to attend a local Labor Day event? Would you like to raise awareness and build support for New York Health at your local Labor Day event?

Base Building to WIN - Organizing Training
Base building refers to “people who are directly impacted by injustice joining together to build power and develop leadership in order to collectively change our conditions.” Largely missing from our organizing have been the uninsured and underinsured, the working-class, people of color, immigrants, the disabled, folks most impacted by the disparities inherent in the current system. The only way to reach them is through deliberate one-on-one outreach and relationship building.
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3 Ways to Build the Movement to #PassNYHealth



Happy summer! The New York State legislature might be on vacation -- but that doesn’t mean we are! An amazing healthcare justice movement is on the rise, demanding Medicare for All and stopping the terrible bills proposed by Congressional Republicans. The coming months are critical to growing and strengthening our statewide movement for health care as a human right. 

3 ways to help build the movement to #PassNYHealth 

1. Donate to support our grassroots organizing work. The Campaign for New York Health is committed to local organizing that builds our movement for healthcare for all of us. Every week, we are distributing organizing materials, hosting events and trainings, and doing our best to support all the volunteer organizers stepping up to lead the fight in their communities.

2. Recruit your friends to support the Campaign for New York Health via social media. We post articles and action items everyday, like this radio debate between New York Health champion Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and the Empire Center’s Bill Hammond. (Who do you think wins this one?) 

3. Hit the streets! There a many ways to organize in your community to build support for universal health care. When the legislative session starts in January, we need our movement to be bigger, stronger, and ready to make the New York State Senate pass New York Health. Here's how you can help:

Request organizing materials to educate and organize in your community. You can print flyers and petitions right from the Campaign for New York Health website or you can also request organizing materials, like flyers and postcards to the Senate to use at community events (like parades, fairs, and parties!)

Recruit business owners to join the Business Owners for New York Health campaign. Let us know via the Campaign for NY Health volunteer page that you'd like to be part of the business outreach team. You can find useful printable materials for outreach to businesses in this Google folder.

Join an upcoming event or training. Base-Building Canvassing Trainings are being scheduled around the state. These trainings will prepare us to build our local movement for health care for all by listening to people's personal health care experiences and using those stories to invite them to join our work. If you'd like to organize a training in your area, contact [email protected]  Listen to the recording here of our conversation with the Southern Maine Workers’ Center about their inspiring Health Care is a Human Right base-building efforts.


Upcoming local events:
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 06:00 PM
St. Lucy's Church in Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Base-Building Canvassing Training
RSVP to this Event
Tuesday, August 1 5-7:30pm
Phonebanking to prepare for Buffalo Base Building Training 
49 Virginian Place.
Please RSVP here
Wednesday, August 9 at 7pm
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) 
617 Main St. 3rd Floor
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Metro Justice in Rochester, NY
Rochester Base-Building Canvassing  Training
RSVP to this Event
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Location TBA in Rosendale, NY
Hudson Valley Base-Building Canvassing Training
RSVP here!

Together, we can build a movement than can win!