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Old 07-24-2013, 01:01 PM
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Soapbox March and Rally to Save Health Care in Brooklyn -- TOMORROW, WED. JULY 24 @ 4 p.m.

[Disabilities Network of NYC] ACTION ALERT: March and Rally to Save Health Care in Brooklyn -- TOMORROW, WED. JULY 24 @ 4 p.m.
Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends,

As you may know, 2 major health care institutions in Brooklyn are on the brink of bankruptcy and closure any day now: Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, and Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Both these facilities are vital pillars of their respective communities, serving large numbers of uninsured and low-income people on public insurance programs like Medicaid, Family Health Plus, and Child Health Plus.

Unfortunately, pleas to state officials for help, made by the local communities and their elected officials, the unions representing workers at these hospitals, and the hospitals’ boards and executives, have all fallen on deaf ears in Albany, and court orders to keep them open and operating are also being ignored by state officials.

All the various forces working hard to keep these hospitals open are holding a “New Orleans-style funeral march” across the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow afternoon (Wed. June 24), followed by a rally in Lower Manhattan. The march steps off at 4 PM. from Cadman Plaza West Park in downtown Brooklyn and proceeds over the Bridge for a gathering in Foley Square at 5 PM. The organizers of this event are encouraging everyone to wear black to mourn the looming death of health care access in Brooklyn. Full details are at www.keepbrooklynhealthy.org or at the New York State Nurses Association page on Facebook.

We urge you to join your fellow New Yorkers at either location.

Thanks for all you do to fight for health care justice for all New Yorkers – see you there!

Mark Hannay
Director

Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign
40 Worth Street, Suite 802
New York, NY 10013
212-925-1829
www.metrohealthcare.org

PS – By way of some background…. The crisis at both these medical facilities is part of a larger health care crisis in northern and central Brooklyn, a part of our city that is predominantly comprised of various immigrant communities and communities of color. These communities have been neglected and chronically underfunded for many years running now when it comes to health care. Meanwhile, other well-resourced, politically-influential, and market-dominating health care institutions located in more-affluent areas of our city have all too often garnered the lion’s share of limited public resources. Unfortunately, this dynamic is all too common across our city. We urge Govenor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and members of the State Legislature and City Council to immediately rectify this situation. We also call on all candidates running for public office in this year’s municipal elections to address this crisis when speaking to voters.
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