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Beyond Voting: Healthcare not Warfare

Go Beyond Voting on November 3rd. Join Code Blue, a group of Bay Area health care activists, in actions highlighting healthcare not warfare.
A CALL TO ACTION
Health Care Not Warfare!
Right now, over 45 million Americans lack health insurance!

The last four years of the Bush administration have been characterized by a "war on terrorism" involving rampant militarism abroad and a police state at home. While tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed or seriously wounded, hundreds of thousands more have been deprived of health care as a consequence of the U.S.-led destruction of Iraqi social and welfare institutions.

Meanwhile, millions of people around the world -- including U.S. citizens -- have been deprived of health care as a consequence of the billions of taxpayer dollars allocated to fund the war on terrorism. Over 45 million Americans lack health insurance, and many are just one health crisis away from poverty or homelessness. The Bush administration has fostered unfettered corporate greed in the health care industry, allowing pharmaceutical and insurance companies to reap enormous profits at the expense of affordable and accessible public health care.

Unfortunately, John Kerry has also promoted his presidential campaign on a war platform-emphasizing the importance of military muscle over compassion. Both candidates have fostered the notion that the security of the U.S. depends upon the strength of its military and police, when true security can only come from a sincere commitment to freedom, equality, and social justice.

We must participate in voting every day of the year with our feet, our hands, our hearts, and our imaginations! We must protest the enormous human costs of having a war president in the white house-be he Republican or Democrat.

JOIN US IN THE STREETS ON NOVEMBER 3RD. WE NEED TO TAKE DIRECT ACTION BEYOND VOTING, NO MATTER WHO WINS!

We are part of a growing nation-wide movement, sponsored by a broad coalition of anti-war/anti-empire/global justice activist organizations (www.beyondvoting.org), planning for radical street demonstrations on November 3rd, the day after the election. No matter who wins, the world needs to hear that the people of the U.S. demand fundamental social, economic, and political change.

We are a new affinity group called Code Blue, formed by members of the Bay Area Radical Health Collective. Whether Bush or Kerry becomes the next president, we will send a loud and clear message that the time has come to spend scarce public resources on the services and institutions that actually benefit people, and to immediately reverse policies of excessive military spending and corporate greed.

JOIN US!

Affinity groups
anti-war coalitions
health care workers
union members
concerned family members, friends, and allies
This is not just about peaceful civil disobedience. It's about getting out the message through creative street theater, art, and reclaiming our rights of democracy and free expression. We also plan on teach-ins and media outreach, but we need your help and participation!

A planning meeting for the Code Blue action will be held on Thursday, September 30, 6:30 to 9pm at St. Boniface Church in San Francisco. Please contact Michael at codeblue (at) w2c.net or go to barhc.w2c.net for more info.

INTERESTED FOLKS FROM SANTA CRUZ PLEASE CONTACT BEEMEDIC2002 (at) YAHOO.COM.
 
 


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