Virginians to Rally at the State Capitol for Health Care Reform
Richmond, VA–In anticipation of $2 billion in additional state budget cuts, including significant health care cuts, and a near standstill in the U.S. Congress on health care reform legislation, state and national health care advocates will rally at the State Capitol on Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. Faith leaders, health care providers, consumers, union members, environmental groups, GLBT leaders, and small business owners will join together at the Bell Tower to speak out against the state health care cuts and to urge the U.S. Congress to move forward on health care reform legislation.
Senator A. Donald McEachin
Janice “Jay” Johnson, Virginia Organizing Project
Reverend Jon Heaslet, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Pastor, United Church of Christ
Main Street Alliance, local small business owner
Lorretta Johnson, Virginia Association of Personal Care Attendants
Jill Hanken, Virginia Poverty Law Center
Reverend Linda McGowan, 5th St Baptist Church, Change That Works
What:Health Care Reform Rally
When:Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Where:State Capitol, Bell Tower, 9th and Franklin
*Prior to the rally, community members from Richmond, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, South Hampton Roads and Charlottesville will conduct lobby visits to their Virginia Senators and Delegates to protest more state budget cuts to health care. Citizens will deliver bandages to their legislators to remind them that “Health Care Cuts Don’t Heal.”
*Following the rally, community members will visit the Richmond offices of Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb, sharing personal health care stories and reiterating the unwavering need for health care reform.