New York City – Susan Sarandon and Chris Smalls are joining the People’s Party and March for Medicare for All organizers at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Bronx office on Monday, July 26th at 3:00 pm to deliver a petition that calls on members of Congress to use every means necessary to pass Medicare for All now.
Activist and actress Susan Sarandon is joining the rally, along with Amazon unionization activist Chris Smalls with The Congress of Essential Workers. Two-time West Virginia U.S. Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin, AOC’s co-star in the award-winning Netflix documentary Knock Down the House, will also join the protest.
The action features:
• Susan Sarandon: Advisory Council, People’s Party
• Chris Smalls: Advisory Council, People’s Party
• Shareef Snuggs: National Organizer, March for Medicare for All
• Savage Joy: National Organizer, March for Medicare for All
• Scott Desnoyers: #DannyStrong, March for Medicare for All
• Paula Jean Swearengin: Candidate Engagement Director, People’s Party
• Zeynab Day: Executive Director, People’s Party
• Nick Brana: National Chair, People’s Party
Today’s rally at AOC’s office comes on the heels of a huge turnout for Medicare for All marches across the country on Saturday. Thousands of people turned out to march in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and dozens of cities across the country.
Not one of the Democratic co-sponsors to the House of Representatives’ Medicare for All bill in Congress openly supported the marches, spoke at them, shared it on social media, or reached out to marchers before the day of the event.
Today’s action, a follow-up to Saturday’s event, is calling out those who campaigned on promises of single-payer healthcare and asking them to “use every legislative tool available” to enact Medicare for All, Including rallying and using their large social media presence to help support on-the-ground organizing.
1) We demand that you call on Biden to declare a pandemic public health emergency and expand Medicare to every American using Section 1881A of the Social Security Act.
2) We demand that you use every legislative tool available to pass Medicare for all in Congress, including withholding and leveraging your votes to demand single-payer as a condition for passing legislation.
3) We demand that you use your huge social media followings, ability to get press, and celebrity to organize direct actions for Medicare for all. Organize and join rallies at the White House and Congress demanding that they give Medicare to all.
4) We demand that you meet with us, your own constituents, people affected by our horrific health care system, and Medicare for all movement organizers, to plan and coordinate the aforementioned actions and a fearless new campaign for single-payer.