Thousands gather in Sacramento to honor the legacy of Dr. King and push for healthcare justice.

The Campaign for a Healthy California lead a march in Sacramento to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and promote healthcare for everyone as a human right.

The Campaign for a Healthy California lead a march in Sacramento to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and promote healthcare for everyone as a human right.

As the Campaign for a Healthy California carried its banner at the front of the march, activists asked to walk with us and carry the placards stating  Healthcare is a Human Right, remembering Dr. King’s quote, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” made in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights in 1966.

Let’s finish the job of health reform, and keep the dream alive! Let’s  make California the first state in our nation to make healthcare a human right!

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One Response to Thousands gather in Sacramento to honor the legacy of Dr. King and push for healthcare justice.

  1. huidel says:

    Good job, Cindy! I love the photo with you and Deanna McEwen(sp?), CNA Director. I am forwarding this to all my Single Payer lists including Health Care for All-California Directors.

    I celebrated MLK day by attending a very uplifting event at a Palo Alto Church where Clayborne Carson, Curator of the MLK collection of letters,etc. housed at Stanford University, spoke. Coretta Scott King donated MLK’s important documents to his dept., the MLK Research and Education Institute. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php

    “In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Stanford historian Dr. Clayborne Carson to edit and publish The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since then, the King Papers Project has engaged in a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired.”

    Clayborne gave a powerful speech relating some events in MLK’s life that were lesser known events. A high school in East Palo Alto, Eastside Prep which admits students(who live in EPA) , who are primarily African-American and Latino and Pacific Islander. The dropout rate in EPA is significant- up to 70%. They receive a 4 year education free of charge and they have a 100% graduation rate and go on to attend attend many of the top universities.
    A small group of their female students performed and they were fabulous-I later told the 14 year old soloist that she had an amazing voice(I am a vocalist). She should go on American Idol!! A gospel Choir sang “There is a Balm in Gilead” and at the end we all held hands and sang “we Shall Overcome” where I always tear up. A local African American Women’s Club provided a lovely reception.

    Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, last night featured another famous powerful MLK speech that he gave after undergoing for emergency surgery for a knife wound which he nearly died from. He said he had no fear about losing his life because he had already gone to the mountain top. Hours after this speech he was assassinated.

    We must continue to fight for health care for all, especially people of color and the poor. In the richest country in the world we have to rise up and fight against those who are denying health care to those populations. Esp. the Republican Governors who refused the Medicaid Expansion for the poor in their states.

    Eventually WE SHALL OVERCOME!
    Lynn Huidekoper, RN, Santa Clara County Single Payer Health Care Coalition

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