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.
Single Payer Ballot Question, 2018:
In order to demonstrate widespread voter support for Single Payer in Mass., our hubs gathered signatures to place a non-binding question on the November ballot in six legislative districts. For several months, WMM4A advocates formed visibility teams to spread the word, handed out literature, organized educational events, spoke on ballot forums, held signs, placed radio spots, wrote press releases, and canvassed neighborhoods. Single Payer won big on Election Day! The ballot question passed with an overall YES vote of 77%, winning in every single town and city in which it appeared! This victory is another step toward building a powerful regional and statewide movement for Single Payer in Mass.
Examples of what our hubs did in 2017:
- 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.
- 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 Amherst: Medicare for All Amherst Area Hub. Contact Anita Sarro – asarro05[at]gmail.com
In Easthampton: Contact Sara Weinberger – saraweinberger128[at]gmail.com
In Franklin County: Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, Single Payer Task Force. Contact Judy Atkins – judithga[at]comcast.net
In the Hilltowns: Contact Beth Eisenberg – jubilada[at]icloud.com
In Holyoke: Medicare for All Committee of Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America. Contact Chris Martin – craymartin90[at]gmail.com
In Northampton: Medicare for All Committee of Indivisible Northampton. Contact Nancy Talanian – ntalanian[at]gmail.com
In Springfield: Contact Tim Oppenheimer – timoppenheimer[at]gmail.com
Pioneer Valley chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP): Contact Cathie Korey – cathiejk[at]gmail.com
Health Care Providers for Single Payer: Contact Melanie Lewis – melaniewlewis[at]gmail.com