- This event has passed.
National Medicaid March / Caravan: Healthcare is a Human Right!
October 2 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Medicaid March: Healthcare is a Human Right!
The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign and Massachusetts Peace Action joins with Pennsylvania Nonviolent Medicaid Army and other state Nonviolent Medicaid Armies participating in the National Medicaid Marches (September 28 – October 4) to demand Healthcare for all Americans.
Join us on October 2nd, for a socially-distant, car-caravan, Medicaid March, to demand Healthcare for all! We will be meeting at the White Church (10 Putnam Street, Roxbury, MA 02119) at 11:30 am, to use washable “car-chalk” to write messages on our cars, make signs, and have fun! The Medicaid March will be from 12 pm – 2pm.
We recognize that:
- Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 700 Americans were dying each day from the effects of poverty.
- 31,000,000 Americans were uninsured prior to efforts to roll-back of the Affordable Care Act — Since then the number has risen to 46,000,000.
- 27,000,000 Americans have lost job-based health insurance since the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In Massachusetts, even with Mass Health, 380,000 Massachusetts residents have no health insurance.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has had worse impact on the poor and communities of color than wealthier, white communities. For instance, Blacks are 13% of the US population but have 30% of COVID-19 cases and are twice as likely as Whites to die from COVID-19.
- Meanwhile $738 billion goes to fund the US military—more than half the discretionary budget. Congress has increased that amount to $750 billion this year.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, as the US economy declines, and as the need for healthcare and preventive services skyrockets, it has become clear that linking healthcare to job status is idiocy.
Therefore we demand, simply:
- Equitable, quality healthcare for all Americans, regardless of job status: Specifically: a publicly financed, non-profit single-payer national health program that fully covers medical care for all Americans
- Healthcare that recognizes and responds to the specific needs of communities of color
- Preventive services that focus on and address the needs of the most at-risk communities and groups
- $300 billion reduction in the military budget to pay for this human right for all Americans
We will be meeting at the corner of Bartlett Street and Centre Street in Roxbury, MA. This is the entrance to the parking lot of the White Church at 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury MA 02119.
From there we will proceed to Melnea Cass Blvd., Tremont St., and Massachusetts Ave.
We will then circle the route again before returning to White Church.
Detailed, printed directions will be provided to all who join us on Friday. There will also be a conference number provided to participants so we can all stay together.