Local Hubs

Western Mass. Medicare for All  encourages the formation of groups called “hubs” and supports them in their work.  These groups are ‘hubs of single-payer activity’ in different towns and cities across the region.  Often hubs form as a committee or task force within a larger multi-issue organization.

Non-Binding Ballot Questions in 2018:

In order to demonstrate widespread voter support for Single Payer in Mass., several of our hubs will be working to place and pass a non-binding question on the November ballot in their legislative districts.  This movement-building campaign is part of a statewide initiative coordinated by the Single Payer Strategy Forum.

Examples of what our hubs did in 2017:  
  • Forum in Northampton

    Hosted educational speakers and panels, and showings of the movies, Fix It and Now Is the Time.

  • Passed resolutions supporting Medicare for All legislation in Mass. at several town
    meetings in Franklin County, and  the City Council in Northampton.
  • Calculated savings for cities and towns under the proposed legislation.
  • Tabled at farmers’ markets – talked with neighbors, distributed literature, and signed folks up for our listserv.

    Lobby Day at the Boston statehouse.
  • Lobbied state legislators individually and in group delegations and at a Lobby Day event in Boston in November.
  • Participated in public demonstrations to defend the Affordable Care Act and promote Medicare for All, and to stand up for racial justice.
Contact Information for Local Hubs:

Western Mass. Medicare for All regional network:  Contact Deborah Levenson and Jon Weissman, Co-conveners – info[at]wmMedicareforall.org  

In Franklin County:    Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Single Payer Task Force.  Contact Judy Atkins –  judithga[at]comcast.net

In Easthampton:   Contact Sara Weinberger – saraweinberger128[at]gmail.com

In Northampton: Indivisible Northampton, Medicare for All Committee. Contact Nancy Talanian – ntalanian[at]gmail.com 

In Amherst:  Medicare for All Amherst Area Hub.  Contact Barbara Burkart – barbruth[at]comcast.net

In Holyoke:  Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America, Medicare for All Committee. Contact Chris Martin – craymartin90[at]gmail.com

In Springfield:  Contact Tim Oppenheimer – timoppenheimer[at]gmail.com

In the Hilltowns:  Contact Beth Eisenberg – jubilada[at]icloud.com

In Berkshire County:   Contact Michael Kaplan – mikaplan[at]aol.com    

Pioneer Valley Women’s March:  Contact Lindsay Sabadosa – lsabadosa[at]gmail.com 

Pioneer Valley chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP):   Contact Cathie Korey – cathiejk[at]gmail.com

Tabling volunteers:  Contact Jane Allen – nellajpt11[at]gmail.com