The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet: Ecological Devastation and Health Care
Monday, June 4, 2018, State House, 107 N. Main Street
Last week we saw a crowd of about 100 people marching and singing for a new moral narrative around poverty, racism, ecological devastation and militarism. Our message was carried out on social media but also on NHPR and the Concord Monitor:
- Concord Monitor, New Hampshire State Police arrest eight after State House protests
- NHPR, ‘Poor People’s Campaign’ Holds Third Rally At N.H. State House
Eight people spoke at a teach-in in the Hall of Flags, nearby the veterans’ memorial. They told unheard stories about veterans, mental health and suicide. They also educated the rally on US aggression overseas and the threat of nuclear proliferation. They spoke from 3 until 5pm, when the State House closed for the day. When the protestors insisted that they had more to say about our war economy and would not leave until their story was all told, they were arrested and taken to Merrimack County Jail in Boascawen. All eight were released under personal recognizance bail that night.
On Monday, we continue week 4 of our 40 Days of Moral Action!
Some of the specific national demands this week include:
- We demand the expansion of Medicaid in every state and the protection of Medicare until the full implementation of single-payer universal health care for all.
- We demand equal treatment and accessible housing, health care and mobility, adequate income and services for people with disabilities.
- We demand a stop to the privatization of the military budget and a reallocation of resources from the military budget to education, health care, jobs and green infrastructure needs, and strengthening a VA system that remains public.
- We demand 100 percent clean, renewable energy and a public jobs program to transition to a green economy.
- We demand a fully funded public water and sanitation infrastructure that keeps these utilities and services under public control and that prioritize poor, rural and Native communities that have been harmed by polluting industries.
- We demand a ban on fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, coal ash ponds, and offshore drilling. We demand a ban on all new pipelines, refineries, and coal, oil, and gas export terminals.
PLEASE COME AGAIN on Monday, June 4 for another Day of Moral Action:
- 12:00 noon at St. Paul’s Church, 21 Centre Street, for an orientation to the day’s actions. This is required for people who risk arrest. If you’d rather take another volunteer role, this is a good time to show up.
- 2:00pm A rally in front of the State House with numerous, diverse speakers
- 3:00pm You are invited to support those risking arrest with your presence, signs, songs, photos and videos. Your support makes a difference!