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UPDATE: #ProudlyRESISTING: March for Medicare for All at NYC PRIDE this Sunday!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 @ 6:20pm

+++++ UPDATE:  MEET-UP DETAILS FOR GRAY PANTHERS MARCHING AT 2017 PRIDE PARADE  +++++


Gray Panthers are Proud to March in 2017  Parade with Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) in The Resistance Contingent. 

Please Note Meet-Up and Registration Details :


Sunday, June 25, 2017:

Meet UP:  on the sidewalk of 150 Lexington Ave (Chrysler Bldg) next to the wall plaque for Mount Sinai just south of the main entrance.

Time:  between 9:25am and 9:40am so we can navigate to section 16 (PNHP.org, our coalition partners for single-payer, Medicare for ALL by 9:45am)

How to recognize us:  We'll hold the YELLOW Gray Panther's banner and wear RED t-shirts (to distinguish ourselves from MDs in white lab coats)
 — YOU can wear RED (or any colorful hue you like).  

PNHP members will carry rainbow umbrellas — YOU can bring a RED or YELLOW or RAINBOW umbrella (if you have one), or a sign (on yellow paper, if you have a choice), advocating this year's theme ("We Are Proud Gray Panthers ... for/against") and whatever you want to offer in favor of NYHA, Medicare for ALL, Single-Payer, Healthcare is Human Right, or against AHCA, Cutting Medicaid, Harming Medicare, etc.) Resistance is fine; signs for or against specific politicians or parties is apparently not fine.

Duration We have been told the distance is about 1.5 miles down 5th Ave to 
PRIDE(Do note the suggestions for what NOT to bring and what is recommended below ... e.g., no sticks for the signs, no bulky backpacks that might trigger concern by NYPD, ) 

If possible, please RSVP to the PNHP here so marshals can manage the staging areas:  RSVP to let us know you're coming.


DETAILS:
After the Gray Panthers meet up at 150 Lexington Ave "Mount Sinai" wall plaque, we will navigate to the PNHP assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section will close after 10am. NOTE: If you have not joined the PNHP group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with the Gray Panthers OR the PNHP!

We are part of group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so (if you can't find the Gray Panthers in red t-shirts) look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured below) and rainbow umbrellas.

PNHP What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan).

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth #Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!

GENERAL MARCH INFO:
There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water.

#ProudlyRESISTING: March for Medicare for All at NYC PRIDE this Sunday!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 @ 12:20pm

PROUDLY, Gray Panthers is marching to support Medicare For All at this year's Pride March.  We're supporting the lead of Physicians for a National Health Program, and will be marching with them.  We're bringing the Gray Panthers banner, and want to have a good sized contingent.  Can you come and march with us?  Please let us know.  jkupferman@aol.com  917 535 0457

Join our coalition of Healthcare for All activists & supporters as we march with the resistance contingent leading off this year's Pride March! 

All are welcome to join!

WHEN: Sunday, June 25 - 9:45am - 1:30pm

RSVP to let us know you're coming.

DETAILS:

We will be meeting at our assigned staging area on 41st Street between Park Ave. and Madison Ave. The section opens at 8:30AM, check-in time is 10AM, and we ask you to be there by 9:45AM. NOTE: If you have not joined our group by 10:15AM, you will not be allowed to enter the staging area to march with us!

We are group #16, registered as Physicians for a National Health Program, so look for the Physicians for a National Health Program banner (pictured here) and rainbow umbrellas.

What to bring: You are encouraged to bring your own rainbow or brightly colored umbrella and/or your own signs about single payer healthcare, Medicare for All, or the New York Health Act (you are welcome to use our same slogan). We may have extra signs available: Please email GOBKNYHA-at-gmail.com if you are bringing a rainbow umbrella & would like to use one of our signs!

The march will be televised, so come ready to represent! We encourage physicians to wear your white coats. Our group will be carrying rainbow umbrellas with signs saying "The NY Health Act Covers Everybody!" and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Help spread the word! Use the hashtags  #ProudlyResisting #PassNYHealth #Medicare4All  And get in the fight for Healthcare as a Human Right!

GENERAL MARCH INFO:

There will be a support vehicle in the resistance segment with a first aid kit and water, should you need it during the march. There will be bathroom facilities in the staging areas and you can bring food & water, but no large backpacks. The March takes about 1 – 1.5 hours. The march route can be found here.

Questions? Contact Katie by phone or text at 330-618-6379.

Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro Chapter · 8 W 126th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10027, United States

Tomorrow is National Call-In Day to Save Health Care.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 @ 3:55pm

Justice in Aging - Alert

The fight’s on. If the Senate passes AHCA, its devastating cuts will end Medicaid as we know it. Tomorrow is National Call-In Day to Save Health Care. 

Everyone needs to amplify the message that the AHCA is an attack on older adults and speak out strongly to their Senators. 

We created a toolkit with custom tweets showing state-by-state statistics and the number to call to reach Senators. All it takes is two clicks to send a tweet for your state. 

We need you to do three things tomorrow and every day you can until the Senate votes:

  1. Click through to the kit and send a tweet for your state
  2. Share the link to this toolkit with everyone you know & encourage them to tweet
  3. Make that call to 202-224-3121 and tell your Senators to vote NO on AHCA

When calling, use the stats for your state from the toolkit or information from this fact sheet on Medicaid caps.

Three Important GP Alerts: Call-in to stop AHCA, REMINDER--Creating a Culture of Care & A Message From Jack Kupferman, President

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 @ 9:58am

1) NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY!  STOP THE AHCA!

  • Call the Senate HELP Committee at 202-224-5375
  • Call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515
  • Demand that these Committees hold hearings before they bring the bill to the floor for a vote!
  • CONTACT THESE SENATORS NOW to Vote NO on devastating Medicaid rollbacks, NO on healthcare caps, NO on AHCA.  Demand hearings, remind them of the millions of their constituents affected, even if the cuts are phased in.

Cassidy (LA)

Collins (ME)

Flake (AZ)

Heller (NV)

Murkowski (AK)

Portman (OH)

Cruz (TX)

Lee (UT)

Paul (KY)

Toomey (PA)

Manchin (WV)

Mckaskill (MO)

Tester (MT)

  • Contact your senators to tell them to use everything they have to #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCats

2) REMINDER!!

Gray Panthers NYC is participating in a June 21, 2017 webinar: The rising need for companies to respond to the challenges of their employees who are also eldercare-givers. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Register now!

Here is the link to register for this webinar:  Registration Link

Or copy and paste the following link: https://dol.webex.com/dol/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4e184ea5e65c165a0e768e5181a2d153

See attached flyer for details.

3) MESSAGE FROM JACK KUPFERMAN, PRESIDENT

Many thanks to NYC Gray Panther Wendl Kornfeld, who has created an important initiative:  Who and what will be there for older people who do not have adult children or are without traditional support systems?  This subject is rarely given close scrutiny and there are no easy solutions offered by the usual channels.  I encourage you to read this article on how one community approaches the issue. We would appreciate feedback if you are in this demographic, and how it affects you.  We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Read the article here...

IMPORTANT UPDATE! GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 @ 8:05pm

ATTENTION:

The venue of the June 8 GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting has been changed & space is extremely limited.

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

ON THE PROWL!

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, June 5th, 2017 @ 11:36am

Gray Panthers joined a couple hundred enthusiastic supporters of NY Single-Payer Health Care at a rally outside Senator Marty Golden's office in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   Sen. Golden was conspicuously absent as 'Fight Back Bay Ridge' delivered over 1,500 signatures from constituents asking the Senator to support single-payer health care and the US State Sentate Bill S4840. 

Speakers from Physicians for a National Health Program, local organizations, activist groups, and other New Yorkers described benefits of the NY Health Act, and explained dangers of the proposed American Health Care Act, including denied benefits and gaps in coverage.  One young woman described a close friend who is foregoing treatment for a potentially curable condition because of cost. 

The rally had a theme of "super heroes," demanding Sen. Golden be one by recognizing healthcare as a non-partisan, human rights issue that will dramatically reduce healthcare costs for New York. Many of those at the rally wore capes and masks to enforce the message.  The Gray Panthers contingent, appropriately garbed, was multi-generational — with members aged 13 months through 60s.  Our message got across loud and clear!


 

Women's Bureau Webinar: Creating a Culture of Care: Corporate Responses to Rising Eldercare Demands

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 1st, 2017 @ 10:32am

Gray Panthers NYC is participating in a June 21, 2017 webinar: The rising need for companies to respond to the challenges of their employees who are also eldercare-givers. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Register now!

Here is the link to register for this webinar:  Registration Link

Or copy and paste the following link: https://dol.webex.com/dol/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4e184ea5e65c165a0e768e5181a2d153

See attached flyer for details.

Reminder! GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, June 1st, 2017 @ 10:14am

Reminder!

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:


Tel: (917) 535 0457; email:
jkupferman@aol.com

Advocacy Task Force Meeting

  • Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm, Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm, Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm, Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm, Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: Transportation Alternatives NYC

    The Advocacy Task Force will hold Meetings on the following Tuesdays: June 20, July 18, August…

Join Gray Panthers at the Rally To Pass The New York Health Act

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, May 29th, 2017 @ 10:27am

Gray Panthers invites you to join the South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance & Fight Back Bay Ridge at their Rally To Pass The New York Health Act. The Rally is co-sponsored by NYC DSA, NY Health Act Now, #Getorganizedbk, Bay Ridge Democrats Brooklyn Resisters, Rally For Healthcare, Socialist Alternative, Black Lives Matter, and Gray Panthers NYC.

The rally will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 4:30 - 8:30 PM at Senator Marty Golden's office, 7408 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209




Calling All Gray Panthers! Support The South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance Effort To Pass The NY Health Act! Wed. May 31 @ 4:30 PM, 7408 5TH Avenue, Brooklyn 11209

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, May 26th, 2017 @ 12:16pm

Gray Panthers invites you to join the South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance & Fight Back Bay Ridge at their Rally To Pass The New York Health Act. The Rally is co-sponsored by NYC DSA, NY Health Act Now, #Getorganizedbk, Bay Ridge Democrats Brooklyn Resisters, Rally For Healthcare, Socialist Alternative, Black Lives Matter.

The rally will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 4:30 - 8:30 PM at Senator Marty Golden's office, 7408 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209.

  • LET'S DEMAND his Health Committee bring the New York Health Act to the floor of the NYS Senate for a vote!
  • LET'S DEMAND to know why Marty Golden opposes saving the New York State budget, businesses and individual residents BILLIONS of dollars in wasteful administrative costs.
  • LET'S DEMAND that our state becomes the first to simplify the health insurance system and create a national model.

More information can be found at www.NYHCampaign.org and PassNYHealth.com.

 

Tell The Mayor To Fully Fund Services For Older New Yorkers

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 @ 1:57pm

Graypanthers supports the efforts of The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies:

2017 - YEAR OF THE SENIOR

TELL THE MAYOR TO FULLY FUND SERVICES FOR OLDER NEW YORKERS

Last week we asked you to join us in calling on the City to increase funding for critical services for older adults such as senior centers, homecare, transportation, meals, caregiver programs, and elder abuse prevention. In order to have a large volume of calls and tweets on a given day, we're asking people to contact their representatives every Wednesday this month.

Join us by taking one or more of the following actions!

STEP 1:  Call the Mayor and Your Council Member

It’s important that both your mayor and council member hear from you.

Call 1-844-617-2691 to be connected with the mayor's office.

Click here to get contact information for your council member.

Sample scripts are provided here.

STEP 2:  Use social media to reinforce your message

Spread the word by tweeting your message to your representatives. Make sure to use the #YearoftheSenior hashtag!

See sample tweets here.

The Mayor also takes questions from New Yorkers every week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. Tweet your questions @BrianLehrer using #askthemayor. See sample questions here.

STEP 3:  Sign-on to Our Letter

Have you signed our letter to Mayor de Blasio asking the city to invest $60 million in senior services? Click here to view the letter and sign today!
 

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Reminder! GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017

  • Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan

    Reminder!

    Next GPNYC Steering Committee…

Reminder! GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, May 19th, 2017 @ 3:27pm

Reminder!

Next GPNYC Steering Committee Meeting: Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the office of Transportation Alternatives in Manhattan. For full details, kindly RSVP:


Tel: (917) 535 0457; email:
jkupferman@aol.com

Tomorrow: NY Assembly votes on the New York Health Act

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, May 15th, 2017 @ 5:29pm

The NY Assembly will be voting on their half of the New York Health Act tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, May 16th). We can get one giant step closer to winning health care for all NY!

You need to do this today:

Visit Pass NY Health (our new website!) and put your info into the form. Your phone number will be called and you will be automatically connected with the office of your state assembly member. We'll even give you a short script on what to say, Simple!"

Gray Panthers reacts to House Vote on Health Care

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 9:41am

The US House of Representative just passed its bill to undo the Affordable Care Act, by a vote of 217-213.

If you don't want to see this bill become law, and you're registered to vote in, have ever lived in, or have family or friends who live in any congressional district in the country that's represented by a Republican, please get on the phone, or urge the people you know to get on the phone, and call those Republicans as soon as possible to let them know that you see what the Republican Party just did.  You will play a part in punishing them for it.  Though the Senate vote is the next hurdle, the most important thing to do now is ensure that there's immediate, nationwide blowback against House Republicans for putting this to a vote and for passing it. See here for more information about why that immediate, nationwide blowback is critical: https://twitter.com/benwikler/status/859838674258755584.

Thanks so much to everyone who takes a minute to make a call, either directly to a Republican representative or to friends and family whom you can inspire to act.

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm
    Location: CHANGE OF LOCATION: 77 Seventh Avenue, at West 14th Street, Apt #14A, Manhattan

    The next Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee…

Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee Meeting Announcement

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Monday, May 1st, 2017 @ 9:59am

The next Gray Panthers NYC Steering Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017

6:30 - 8:00 PM

CHANGE OF LOCATION:

77 Seventh Avenue, at West 14th Street

Apt #14A

Manhattan

Please join us! For full details, kindly RSVP:

Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

Gray Panthers is proud to participate in this year's Earth Day activities.

E-mail sent by Rick Sanford, Thursday, April 20th, 2017 @ 10:27am

It is the responsibility of every generation to stand up and be counted on this life issue.  We need volunteers to help spread the word!  Please RSVP to jkupferman@aol.com for more details where and when to meet.

Car Free Earth Day Postcard FL

Join the Gray Panthers at the Trump Tax Day Protest in New York

  • Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 12:15pm - 5pm
    Location: We will be meeting just east of the Macy's entrance on 34th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)

    Event notice!


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