Duration: One-day class, Friday, December 7, 6:30-9:30pm
Content: We all need healthcare, and less and less of us can afford it. Healthcare is at the center of debates about government spending, of labor struggles, and of conflicts within the major political parties. It’s constantly at the top of the list of issues people are concerned about. But at the same time, the interests and forces that determine our health and control the healthcare industries are often hidden behind rhetoric, jargon, and misdirection. This class will introduce the economics and politics of health and healthcare, take a critical look at the “solutions” to the healthcare crisis, and put forward the visions and strategies of grassroots groups organizing for their human right to healthy lives and to the care we need, when we need it.
Avery Book has over a decade of experience as an organizer and political educator as part of organizations rooted in bases of the poor and dispossessed sections of the working class, in both urban and rural contexts. He is the President of the Coordinating Committee of the Vermont Workers' … Read More ›
Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko is an organizer and movement strategist of over 20 years from Pennsylvania. She is co-founder of Put People First! PA, a working class statewide base building human rights organization, and is a chair of the Pennsylvania Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Read More ›
Phil Wider has been an organizer and political educator in the U.S. movement to end poverty for the last three decades. His entry point to the U.S. survival movement was through the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless, where he was an organizer and educator with its educational arm … Read More ›
Sheilah Garland-Olaniran grew up in Flint, MI. As a child she walked the picket lines with her father who was a member of the United Autoworkers Union for 35 years.
Sheilah has organized across the country, most recently with National Nurses United, organizing Registered Nurses into the union from Nevada to … Read More ›