This week, we got a reminder of what it felt like to care about the Presidential race when Democratic nominee Joe Biden sat down for a long-awaited interview with activist Ady Barkan. “Do you see a future where health insurance is no longer tied to employment?” Barkan asked Biden on their video call, released Wednesday. “Will America ever have a single payer system where healthcare is guaranteed as a human right?”
“Healthcare guaranteed as a human right," said Biden, "but taking away the right to have a private plan if you want a private plan, I disagree with.” (Confusingly, Barkan, having built his entire public platform on support for Medicare for All, ends the interview by endorsing Biden, a candidate who, during a pandemic, promised he would veto Medicare for All if the bill ever reached his desk.)
Are we back to square one? Well, not exactly; public support for Medicare for All remains high, Medicare for All candidates are winning national, state, and local elections, and, a week from Sunday, Philly DSA and the National DSA Medicare for All Committee are hosting a Policy and Organizing Workshop to look at where we are and what comes next.
Are you a union worker affected by the coronavirus crisis? Are you organizing in your shop or workplace to demand higher safety and sanitation standards? PHLDSA’s Labor Commission is convening a series of calls where representatives from unions in the greater Philadelphia area are discussing and coordinating responses. Email Paul Prescod for more information.
POC Virtual Happy HourFriday, Jul 10 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Virtual
Virtual Home School: Is Neoliberalism Dead?Tuesday, Jul 14 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Women and Non-Binary Virtual Happy HourTuesday, Jul 14 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Virtual
Medicare for All Policy & Organizing WorkshopSunday, July 19 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Virtual
Marx Reading Group: Capital Vol. 1Wednesday, Jul 22 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Marxism and Politics Lecture Series: The Right to Strike Thursday, Jul 23 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Virtual
Virtual Home School: Crashing the PartyTuesday, Jul 28 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Steering Committee MeetingThursday, Jul 9 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Virtual
Stop the Norristown Sewer Sale!Thursday through Monday, July 9 - 13 | 10 am - 6 pm | Dunkin Donuts | 1882 Markley St, Norristown, PA 19401
Water is a Human Right RallySaturday, July 11 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Norristown Courthouse | 2 E Airy Street, Norristown PA 19401
Canvassing Committee MeetingTuesday, July 14 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Virtual
Delco DSA July MeetingWednesday, July 15 | 7:00 pm | Virtual
Policy Committee MeetingThursday, July 23 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual
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