Friday, October 16, 2009

Sit-in wrap-ups

More than 54 people were arrested at rallies across the country yesterday, as activists focused on insurance companies and the damage they do to our nation's health care and democracy. Lots of video and media reports are up at Mobilization for Health Care for All. You can also pledge to join single payer and strong public option supporters at future rallies, either doing nonviolent civil disobedience, or legal protest.

The Mobilization is looking for 1,000 pledges of support, and has more than 750 individuals signed up so far. You can also follow the group on Facebook here.

Protests were covered in local media and the headlines section of Democracy Now!, and Prosperity Agenda’s Executive Director Kevin Zeese was interviewed by MSNBC. In Portland, OR, 12 people were arrested for trespass at the doors of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield. Protesters shared stories about denial and delay of care, and noted that this "non-profit" insurer paid its CEO close to $900,000 in salary and bonus, making him the highest paid health care executive in the state. And in Massachusetts, purportedly a model for health care reform, 11 were arrested outside CIGNA's Newton office while more than 70 protesters supported them from the street below.

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