Moms Demand Action
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Moms Demand Action

Join the tens of thousands of Americans who are saying ENOUGH to gun violence. Help fight the epidemic that is killing nearly 7 kids and teens every day. Join us to learn how you can take action right now to make our country safer.

You are invited to attend this months meeting of the Oakland Macomb County Chapter of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. You'll have an opportunity to connect and work with other moms  and allies in your community. 

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MomsDemandOakMac/

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SOLD OUT! Bridging the Divide: Effective Communication With People of Opposing Viewpoints
Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

SOLD OUT! Bridging the Divide: Effective Communication With People of Opposing Viewpoints

  • The Corners: A Campus for Caring Communities (map)
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As of 6/11/2018 this event is SOLD OUT! You can still sign up for the wait list or indicate that you are interested in this event if we decide to add another session by clicking on the registration link below.

Fems for Change presents Briding the Divide, a workshop that explores the social and psychological causes of divisiveness, and how to communicate effectively and persuasively with people of opposing viewpoints. Reach across the table and use your existing relationships and connections to break down barriers and spark change!

Not only will this training help you to become more effective at canvassing, phone banking, voter registration and get-out-the vote activities, it's also helpful in work and personal relationships.

Our presenter is Sarah Eisenberg, LMSW, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of University of Michigan. She has more than 10 years of professional experience guiding individuals and groups towards healthier communication and relationships. Her private practice provides outpatient mental health services for individuals, couples and families in Macomb County. She is an organizer with Women's March Michigan, and was lead organizer for the first Women's March on Lansing in 2017. Bridging the Divide brings together Sarah's two passions: psychology and progressive activism.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to join waiting list.

 

 

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Confronting Racism Within: History, Systems, Community & Self
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Confronting Racism Within: History, Systems, Community & Self

Confronting Racism Within: History, Systems, Community and Self is a conference with inspirational speakers and powerful workshops that will help participants examine racism within themselves, their families and their communities, and provide hope and opportunites to break the cycle of racism going forward.

The conference is presented by Women Confronting Racism, in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan; the Sisters of Mercy—West Midwest Community; and Fems for Change.

Our highlighted speakers are:

  • Dr. Peter Hammer, a professor at Wayne State University Law School and Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.
  • Rev. Dr. Dee Dee Coleman, president of Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and pastor at Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.

Our workshops presenters are:

  • The Rev. Elizabeth Bingham
  • Michelle Miller
  • Hilery Cash
  • Shera Ferguson
  • Kathleen Latosch
  • Nancy Mathias
  • Jenny Teed
  • Freda Sampson

Admission is $25 per person, $15 for students. Scholarships are available, please contact event organizer for info. Please note Eventbrite charges a service and handling fee per ticket ranging from $2.89-$4.03.

Coffee, tea and water will be provided.

You can bring your own lunch, or purchase a box lunch on site for an additional $10.50. Box lunch includes: your choice of chicken pesto or vegetarian wrap, chips, fruit, cookie and water.

We hope to see you at this important conference!

REGISTER TODAY at: confrontingracism.eventbrite.com

If you have questions, please contact Helen Marie Burns at (814) 414-5860, or by email at hmburns@mercywmw.org.

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Affirmations Spring Bash - Celebrating Community
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Affirmations Spring Bash - Celebrating Community

Affirmations is proud to present Spring Bash 2018 - Celebrating Community, at the beautiful MGM Grand Detroit on Saturday, April 14th. We expect over 400 guests to attend the gala. The evening includes open bar, a delicious three-course dinner, and entertainment. On behalf of the 30,000 guests that visit and are impacted by our Community Center each year, we are asking for your help! 

For more information visit and to purchase tickets, click here. 

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Voters Not Politicians Canvassing Training for FFC Members and Friends
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Voters Not Politicians Canvassing Training for FFC Members and Friends

It's time to strap on your boots (heels, flip flops or slippers if you prefer!) and take the next steps to end gerrymandering with Fems for Change.

Voters Not Politicians has specifically asked FFC to help with canvassing in Oakland County, where there are substantial numbers of undecided voters. Help is also needed in Macomb County.

Here's what you need to do to get involved:

Monday, March 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bloomfield Township Library
1099 Lone Pine Road (at Telegraph)

Training for canvassers also includes a more detailed, online orientation that will be available later in March.

Returning volunteers and new volunteers are welcome. Bring a friend or fellow FFC member. Admission is free.

Let's get trained and put an end to gerrymandering in Michigan!

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Celebrate Women's History Month With FFC and Allies
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Celebrate Women's History Month With FFC and Allies

We're honoring 100 years of women's suffrage in Michigan!

Join Fems for Change and many allied groups for a free screening of "Iron Jawed Angels," followed by discussion, tea and light refreshments.

Hosted by: Committee to Elect Padma Kuppa, Fems for Change, APIA-Vote MI, Chanakya Institute for Political Science, Greig Women in Leadership Fund, and South Asian Voices for Impact.

 

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Moms Demand Action Meeting - Oakland Macomb Chapter
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Moms Demand Action Meeting - Oakland Macomb Chapter

  • Northwestern Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
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Mom's Demand Action is the Nationwide nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers and allies  who advocate to reduce gun violence while supporting legislation that respects Second Amendment rights.  

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month and the location varies.  Please join us for this month's meeting in Southfield MI

MDA advocates for the prevention of gun violence and advance gun safety measures within Michigan by: contacting legislators to oppose loosening of current gun licensing and training requirements and to oppose open-carry in public places such as schools, parks, bars, churches; raising public awareness of victims of gun violence and their families; promoting safe and responsible storage of firearms and holding irresponsible owners accountable for negligence. 

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Mom's Demand Action Meeting
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mom's Demand Action Meeting

Mom's Demand Action (MDA) is the Nationwide nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers and allies  who advocate to reduce gun violence while supporting legislation that respects Second Amendment rights.  Meetings are held the second Monday of each month and the location varies.  Please join us for this month's meeting in Sterling Heights.

MDA advocates for the prevention of gun violence and advance gun safety measures within Michigan by: contacting legislators to oppose loosening of current gun licensing and training requirements and to oppose open-carry in public places such as schools, parks, bars, churches; raising public awareness of victims of gun violence and their families; promoting safe and responsible storage of firearms and holding irresponsible owners accountable for negligence. 

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FFC Ally Event - District 11 United Summit
Dec
9
9:30 AM09:30

FFC Ally Event - District 11 United Summit

The District Eleven United Summit will bring members of Indivisible,  Fems for Dems, Fems for Change, Democrats, progressives and other allied grassroots activists together to organize and map out how we will drive a strong progressive message that promotes real change and holds politicians who don’t share our values accountable. By joining forces, we will organize into local teams to begin talking to our neighbors, holding events and coordinating activities across the 11th Congressional District and throughout southeast Michigan as we prepare for 2018.

Who Should Attend: Activists throughout the 11th Congressional District and southeast Michigan including activists from Indivisible groups, Democratic Party groups and any other allied progressive groups.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Doors open at 9:00 am.

Click here to register.

For more information contact: Alan Fosnacht at Alan.fosnacht@gmail.com

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Fems for Change Holiday Party
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

Fems for Change Holiday Party

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Join Fems For Change as we celebrate all that was accomplished this year. Bring some friends, have a cocktail and have some fun! Another FFC signature drink will be unveiled at the party.

Cash bar for drinks and appetizers. Parking nearby.

Click here to reserve your spot today.

Questions? Contact admin@femsforchange.org

 

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Giving Tuesday
Nov
28
to Dec 5

Giving Tuesday

Dear Friends of Fems for Change,

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? I know that I am thankful to have friends like you to help us fight for change. Just a few months ago, we met many amazing women while we produced our series of videos to educate the public about the ACA. I will never forget the moment when Lauren, a smiling, defiant young woman recovering from brain tumor surgery, took off the wrap around her head to show her scalp covered with magnets. These are the individuals that Fems for Change is fighting for.

Tuesday, November 28th is Giving Tuesday, and I am asking you personally to help support our organization with a donation. Why us? Because we get things done, in fact, check out our top accomplishments of 2017:

  • Held Gerrymandering event with representative Jerry Moss
  • Put on a series of 5 government refresher classes
  • Organized a talk at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health on healthcare
  • Hosted a series of educational events on understanding Islamic Faith
  • Sponsored two postcard writing parties that resulted in 1,500+ postcards being sent to targeted members of the Senate
  • Organized members to participate in numerous unity events, including the Women’s March, the Science March, Rally for Change, and NAACP Dinner

Because of our attitude towards action, we have now grown to more than 1,200 members. We are all volunteers and self-funded. We are a true scrappy, grassroots group of women turned activists, and we need your support to continue to grow and increase our impact in 2018.

Would you please consider donating just $5 towards fighting for change in 2018? Click here to donate.

Thank you!

Lori and MJ

FFC Founder and Communication Team Member

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Healthcare Looking Forward: Sign Up and Sound Off
Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

Healthcare Looking Forward: Sign Up and Sound Off

Sign Up and Sound Off for healthcare in Michigan! This event, co-sponsored by Fems for Change and Michigan Made Great, will bring you up to speed on what's happening with the ACA in 2018. 

From 9:00 - Noon, you can sign up for ACA on site. Experienced specialists will help you navigate the enrollment process.

From 10:00 a.m. - Noon, join in on our discussion about healthcare in Michigan. 

  • Healthcare policy expert Charles Gaba will explain how the ACA really works, dubunk myths, and clarify what lies ahead. 
  • Michigan House of Representatives legislators will discuss current healthcare protections and how they work to protect your essential healthcare benefits.
  • Thank you to our supporting allies:  Indivisible 9, Indivisible Fighting 9, Metro Detroit Health Insurance Program (MDHIP), Affirmations, Planned Parent Advocates of Michigan and Michigan United.

Click here to register today!

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Moms Demand Action Meeting, Oakland-Macomb Chapter
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Moms Demand Action Meeting, Oakland-Macomb Chapter

Mom's Demand Action, is the Nationwide nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers and allies  who advocate to reduce gun violence while supporting legislation that respects Second Amendment rights.  Meetings are held the second Monday of each month and the location varies.  Please join us for this month's meeting in Sterling Heights

We advocate for the prevention of gun violence and advance gun safety measures within Michigan by: contacting legislators to oppose loosening of current gun licensing and training requirements and to oppose open-carry in public places such as schools, parks, bars, churches; raising public awareness of victims of gun violence and their families; promoting safe and responsible storage of firearms and holding irresponsible owners accountable for negligence. 

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Prep for Success
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Prep for Success

FFC is delighted to sponsor the 10 a.m. panel discussion moderated by Huel Perkins (Fox 2 Detroit), highlighting the state of education in Michigan: funding challenges, 3rd grade reading and retention rates, and education policies that affect all students. Our mission is to create a more just and inclusive society, and this panel discussion will address ways that schools and communities can work together to achieve these goals. 

Students and families can attend the all day event. 4th - 12th graders with learn about tips and resources to reach their educational goals.

The event is free forparents/guardians, community members and students from throughout the tri-county area.You will not want to miss this!

Click here to LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

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The Women's Convention
Oct
27
9:00 PM21:00

The Women's Convention

The Women’s Convention will bring thousands of women, femmes and our allies of all backgrounds to Detroit from October 27-29th, 2017, for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building to continue the preparation going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Tapping into the power of women in leadership as the fundamental, grassroots force for change, the Women’s Convention will bring together first time activists and movement leaders, rising political stars that reflect our nation’s changing demographics, and thousands of women who’ve organized sister marches, huddles, rallies and resistance actions, large and small, since January 2017.

Participants will leave inspired and motivated, with new connections, skills and strategies for working towards collective liberation for women of all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, sexual identities, gender expressions, immigration statuses, religious faiths, and economic statuses.

http://www.womensconvention.com/

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The State of LGBT Affairs - Lessons for Southeast Michigan
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

The State of LGBT Affairs - Lessons for Southeast Michigan

The Inaugural Hope Fund Learning Series Event

While we celebrate heartfelt victories like Federal recognition of marriage equality, the LGBT community continues to face challenges that impact employment, health, education and more.

Join us for a special evening with Kris Hermanns, CEO of the Pride Foundation, as she discusses the State of LGBT Affairs in America and shares lessons for Southeast Michigan.

The first in the newly formed HOPE Fund Learning Series, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Link to Registration

Parking
Convenient & secure parking is available at the Woodward Gardens parking garage located at 25 Alexandrine Street for $10 per car.

 

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Film Screening - Heather Booth, Changing the World
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening - Heather Booth, Changing the World

It is a great pleasure to bring Heather Booth to Michigan to celebrate Emerge Michigan's annual event.  She founded Jane: the Underground Abortion Collective, which started a growing women's movement about taking our lives and our bodies into our own hands.  Jane provided safe options for women looking to terminate a pregnancy, public actions and demonstrations for the right to choose and support for women in waiting rooms where procedures were to be performed.  

Heather supports labor and workers rights.  She took the funds she won in a lawsuit for back pay after she was fired for union organizing to start the Midwest Training Academy for Organizers.  The academy still exists today and has trained hundreds of thousands of organizers who have gone on to work for Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NAACP, Sierra Club and countless other groups.  Heather has dedicated her life to affecting social change and there is a new documentary film that explores her legacy.  Please join us at an exclusive screening and meet-and-greet with Heather Booth!  

Intimate VIP Reception with Heather Booth (address to be given upon RSVP): 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Screening and Q&A: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Check out the trailer for Heather Booth: Changing the World courtesy of Women Making Movies, www.wmm.com.

Ticket: $20 (general admission)
Host: $100 (includes two screening tickets and event recognition)
Supporter: $250 (includes two VIP reception and screening tickets and event recognition)
Sponsor: $500 (includes four VIP reception and screening tickets with event recognition)

Contact Beth Kelly at beth@emergemi.org for more information

Link to tickets

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EQMI Lobby Day 2017
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

EQMI Lobby Day 2017

Join EQMI at our 2017 Lobby Day to talk with your elected official about legislation
that would amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination based on both
sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

8:30 AM - Doors open, registration begins

9:00 AM - Welcome and training

12:00 PM - Lunch is provided

3:00 PM - End

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-7403472880634163712?midqs=8487033497779699712

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FEMRAISER
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

FEMRAISER

Fems for Change is hosting a FEMSRAISER!

Come and enjoy our signature cocktail, snacks, live music, conversation...and spend a few minutes hearing what Fems for Change has been up to and where we are headed. We'd like to know what you are working on and passionate about, too.

Many of us are working on common causes, so let's connect while sipping our exclusive Femtinis.

There is no charge to attend FEMRAISER, and donations are welcome. The event is hosted in a private home in Bloomfield Hills. Upon registering, you'll be emailed the event address.

Send an email to admin@femsforchange.org if you have any questions.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/femraiser-tickets-37633439631 or send your RSVP to admin@femsforchange.org

 

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New Approaches to Reducing Gun Violence
Sep
18
3:00 PM15:00

New Approaches to Reducing Gun Violence

The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is sponsoring this important and timely panel discussion with Q&A at the Unitarian Universalist Church in South Lansing. Panelists include:
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD- Duke University School of Medicine
Beth McGinty, PhD- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Josh Horwitz, JD- Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Representative Robert Wittenberg
Representatives from Law Enforcement and Prosecutor
Sonya Lewis, M.D., Psychiatrist

This forum will focus in part on Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation which has been introduced in Michigan. 
 

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9/11 Anniversary Town Hall: Japanese Internment & The Muslim Ban
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

9/11 Anniversary Town Hall: Japanese Internment & The Muslim Ban

The 9/11 Anniversary Town Hall - Executive Orders: Japanese Internment & the Muslim Ban

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt that was responsibile for Japanese internment camps during WWII. 

The town hall will feature leaders from the Japanese, Arab and Muslim American communities. Panelists will discuss the impacts of discriminatory executive orders on their communities. 

Please join us after the discussion for a Global Fridays performance by The Grateful Crane Ensemble. The play will go back to the high school dance days of young Japanese Americans held behind barbed wire fences in internment camps during WWII. Tickets are just $10 for AANM Members and $15 for general public, and are available here: bit.ly/GFfall17 

In partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, ACLU, CAIR, MuslimARC, ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, the Wayne State Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and its Detroit Equity Action Lab, and Bank Suey.

Admission is FREE w/ RSVP. Light refreshments provided.

For more information, click here: http://arabamericanmuseum.org/911-town-hall-2017

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Indivisible MI Town Hall
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Indivisible MI Town Hall

  • Shriners Silver Garden Event Center (map)
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On Saturday, August 26th, Indivisible Michigan will host a state-wide town hall to cover multiple issues from taxes to terrorism and everything in between. Moderator Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press will join Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Congressman Dan Kildee, Congressman Sander Levin, State Senate Democratic Leader Sam Ananich, and State House Democratic Leader Sam Singh! Come ask, questions and get direct answers from our elected officials.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845186975498011/?active_tab=about

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Healthcare Team Meeting
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Healthcare Team Meeting

Fems for Change Healthcare Team Meeting 

Healthcare is a hot topic and this is one of our most active teams.  We welcome new members and joining us is an easy way to become involved in in effecting positive change in our communities and in our country.  

Please email healthcare@femsforchange.org for further information or for meeting address.  It will be held in the private home of a team member.

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Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Meeting
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Meeting

  • Northwestern Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the tens of thousands of American moms who are saying ENOUGH to gun violence. Help fight the epidemic that is killing nearly 7 kids and teens every day. Join us to learn how you can take action right now to make our country safer.

You are invited to attend this months meeting of the Oakland Macomb County Chapter of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. You'll have an opportunity to connect and work with other moms  and allies in your community. Guest Speakers are common at these meetings. 

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Democratic Gubernatorial Forum: LGBT and Women's Issues
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

Democratic Gubernatorial Forum: LGBT and Women's Issues

Meet the leading gubernatorial candidates for Michigan and engage with them as they answer questions submitted by individuals from across the state on issues affecting women and gender and sexual minorities in the state of Michigan. Please note: we're still searching for more co-sponsoring organizations, so if you're interested and have not been contacted yet please make sure to message Robert Vankirk!

Confirmed candidates:
Abdul El-Sayed
Bill Cobbs
Shri Thanedar


The list of Co-Sponsoring organizations include:
Stonewall for Revolution Michigan
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
Progress Michigan
Young Democrats of Michigan
Michigan Federation of College Democrats
Justice Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
Michigan for Revolution
Women's March Michigan
Progressive Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
West Michigan United Progressives
Black Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
LGBTA Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
Grand Rapids United Progressives
Democratic Disability Caucus
Women's Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party

If you're interested in having your organization co-sponsor, please message Robert Vankirk at vankirkr@msu.edu.

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Millions Marching for Medicare for All - Michigan
Jul
24
4:00 PM16:00

Millions Marching for Medicare for All - Michigan

So, the GOP wants to repeal and replace the ACA, taking health coverage from 22 million Americans? We will fight back and settle for nothing less than health care for all! On July 24th, we will meet at the steps of the Capitol Building in order to march with people around the nation who believe that no person or corporation should profit off of sickness. 

Even under the ACA, 28 million Americans have no health insurance. Multiple studies demonstrate that having no insurance increases the risk of death in our country. Our infant mortality rate is shameful compared to other countries that have embraced a single payer system. Our pharmaceutical prices are outrageous. Our health care costs bankrupt us. Our children, our families, and our communities suffer more health problems then they need to. We have the resources and technology to take care of us all (click here to read article).


Please message us if you would like to speak or participate in this event!

For more information about Millions Marching for Medicare for All events across the country, see http://www.millionsmarchingformedicare.com/ or  https://www.facebook.com/pg/March4Medicare/about/?ref=page_internal 

 

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