TOMORROW! COVID-19 Emergency Coalition Virtual Town Hall
Solidarity, Mike Hersh and Dr. Bill Honigman for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Janis, Deb, Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is dedicated to keeping you safe and helping to focus national efforts on enacting effective emergency measures to combat the COV9D-19 Pandemic. We’ll continue sponsoring twice-weekly online town halls, and working with our coalition partners on other events.
Please join an exciting, informative, and important National Online meeting of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Group tomorrow, Friday, April 10th 1PM-2:30PM ET, 10AM-11:30AM PT.
Special Guest Speakers:
- Professor Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, and SDG Advocate under UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
- Domingo Garcia, President of LULAC
- Meredith Dobson, RESULTS, Director, U.S. Poverty Campaigns
Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting Meeting Friday April 10th, ID: 240 688 098 Password: 443417
We urge you to keep yourself and other people safe during this pandemic. Self-quarantine and maintain safe social distance to help “flatten the curve.” Do all you can to limit the spread of the virus. But that isn’t enough. We need adequate emergency response legislation that provides what we need to survive.
When healthcare professionals are getting sick and dying, it underscores the horrendous risks we’re facing, in large part due to the continued failure of our elected officials to respond courageously or effectively. This despite widely understood facts about the pandemic and what we must do.
Help us demand immediate action by Congress and the White House to halt the spread of the Novel Coronavirus to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Right now—because of our leaders’ poor choices and flawed priorities—nurses, doctors, clinicians, and others on the front lines are dying because they don’t have the safety equipment they need.
Contact your Senators and Representative via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.An operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
== Here is a script and talking points ==
Hi, my name is (your name), and I’m a constituent from (your town/city and state). Thank you for passing previous legislation to address the pandemic. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Now, we need you to go much further.
I’m calling to ask (your elected official) to insist that the next COVID-19 relief bill contain full protections for frontline health workers, patients, and the public during this crisis—as is necessary to contain this pandemic. Specifically:
- The next legislation must include a mandate for issuance and strict enforcement of new comprehensive, stringent federal occupational safety and health standards to protect health care workers.
- The legislation must also appropriate at least $10 billion specifically to deliver effective respirators (like N95s) to nurses and other frontline healthcare professionals.
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PDA invites you to join us for a Healthcare Emergency online town hall / webinar Sunday, April 12th, 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT.
Dr. Bill Honigman and guest speakers will address your concerns and answer your questions about the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Find out what we’re doing in response to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, and how you can help. Please contact Mike Fox to RSVP to join PDA’s Emergency Healthcare Webinar. You must RSVP. The access codes, phone numbers, etc. have changed.
Can’t make the call but still want to help our healthcare campaigns? Contact us and we’ll keep you as busy as you’d like to be.
Can’t volunteer? Then pitch in what you can to help finance our ongoing campaign for Medicare For All and other health policies we need to effectively respond to the pandemic, to promote an equitable economic recovery, and to upgrade our healthcare system.
Medicare For All (MFA) is a vital component of the comprehensive Green New Deal agenda. To ensure our immediate and long-term survival, tell Congress we need the Green New Deal, policies to create millions of new highly-paid sustainable jobs, to build critically-needed infrastructure, to eliminate household debt, and to enhance our social safety net.
We must also suspend ICE raids and mass incarceration, as well as restructure our economy and politics to respect and recognize the value of every person—not let the powerful oligarchs continue plundering and abusing the majority.
We need an empowered, progressive mass movement to demand the policies and government responses needed to save lives and rebuild our shattered economy. We need your active support to get there. Support PDA’s COVID-19/Healthcare Organizing, and/or Make Empowering, Effective Calls From Your Home
P.S.: Please remember to RSVP to Mike Fox to join our Healthcare Emergency Virtual Town Hall / Webinar Sunday 4/12, 4-5pm ET, 1-2pm PT. Mike will provide all the call-in information.