In this webinar by People’s Action Institute, organizers and leaders share their analysis of the problems we face when organizing for health justice, what an Organizing Revival looks like and will do to address it, and how building power is and must be a critical part of a movement for Health Care for All.
Getting Serious about People Power with an Organizing Revival with People’s Action Institute
from Rx Foundation’s Power is a Social Determinant of Health series
Session description: Those of us who work to create health care justice are putting up a great fight. But if we look at legislative outcomes, it’s clear that we do not yet have the power to overcome the entrenched interests that currently call the shots in Washington and in state legislatures. We are doing everything we can with the power we have, but it is not enough. We need to organize more people.
At People’s Action, we’re embarking on an Organizing Revival centered on getting back to the fundamentals of organizing: strong base building, rigorous training, and intentionality about leadership development. This revival will bring us back to the kind of organizing that restores dignity, inspires hope, and transforms the human spirit, and allows us to scale it up so we can build a bigger tent—with room for the many who need the shade and shelter but have not been touched by our organizing (yet).
As part of this revival, the People’s Action Health Care for All team has developed a new campaign called Care Over Cost. We aim to reach out to 800,000 people this year and find folks who are experiencing claim denials from their private insurance. We then work with those people to support them in appealing their denials while simultaneously politicizing them and training them as leaders to take their fights for care public. This is a way of reaching people who are not necessarily with us yet on our analysis or issues, working with them to get relief and show that organizing works, and demonstrating how inadequate private insurance is to the needs of our communities.
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Learn more about People’s Action’s Organizing Revival and get involved to bring us back to the kind of organizing that restores dignity, inspires hope, and transforms the human spirit, and allow us to scale it up so we can build a bigger tent—with room for the many who need the shade and shelter but have not been touched by our organizing (yet).
Aija Nemer-Aanerud (they/them)
Aija Nemer-Aanerud is the Health Care for All Campaign Director of People’s Action.
Prior to this role, they co-founded and directed Student Action — a student-led national organization fighting for Free College for All. They love thinking about base building, leadership development, and campaign strategy, and they are very glad to be in the fight for Health Care for All.
Sulma Arias (she/her)
Sulma is the Executive Director of People’s Action.
Sulma has been organizing on the ground, training organizers, engaging in strategic planning and directing organizations for more than 20 years. This includes leading the country’s largest coalition of grassroots immigrant rights groups with Community Change, organizing in Kansas with Sunflower Community Action – and, once before, working with People’s Action – on a range of issues that includes healthcare, payday loans and worker justice. While on staff at National People’s Action between 2008 and 2011, she also helped develop and launch our Long-Term Agenda.
Sulma is also the first Latina immigrant to lead the organization. She has previously served as the lead for immigration and worker justice at National People’s Action, one of three organizations that merged in 2016 to become People’s Action.
Ryan Greenwood (he/him)
Ryan Greenwood is the Director of Movement Politics of People’s Action.
Robel Worku (he/him)
Robel Worku is the Health Care for All Lead Organizer of People’s Action.
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