Healthcare NOT Warfare

The Progressive Democrats of North Carolina present

Healthcare NOT Warfare
A Teach-in on the People’s Agenda #3 and #14

Friday, February 13
7:00 pm

OWASA Community Room
400 Jones Ferry Road
Carrboro, NC 27510

(entrance is at ground level—please park in the lower parking lot)

Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America -

Gustavo Montana, Healthcare for All NC -

Miriam Thompson, Orange County HKonJ People’s Assembly -

As Martin Luther King Jr. observed forty years ago, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Today, one in six Americans has no health insurance. And as hundreds of thousands of workers are losing their jobs every month, the number is increasing dramatically. Tens of millions of others are under-insured and are at risk of being denied life-saving treatment. At least 18,000 to 22,000 men, women, and children die every year in our country due to inadequate health insurance coverage—that is a 9/11 every other month! Meanwhile the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drain our resources and overburden our budget. Our government's duty is to protect us—and national security begins with our health and well-being at home. In 2009, we have an historic opportunity to turn from warfare to healthcare for all.

We call on the Democratic Party at all levels--in party platforms and resolutions--to commit to redirecting wasteful and unnecessary military spending to meet human needs. This commitment must start with comprehensive, guaranteed healthcare--driven by the needs of patients and the judgment of doctors. We call on our elected and appointed officials everywhere -- locally, statewide and nationwide -- to support healthcare reform that eliminates any financial barriers between the patient and healthcare providers and is based on need, not profit.

We are proud to have join us members of the Orange County HKonJ People’s Assembly, NAACP, Elders for Peace, WILPF, Chapel Hill Community Church, and many more.