By Joel Campbell
Organizers are holding a rally this coming Monday in support of single-payer health insurance. The event, Medicare for All, has been organized by a coalition of groups and sponsored by many more. The event will start at 4 pm and will be held in Lansing, Mich. at the State Capitol.
Two of the primary organizers are Michigan for Revolution and the Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America spoke on the upcoming event with Borderless Media Collective this weekend. Hunter Wiand, a member of the Huron Valley DSA, said that the idea for this event came from an earlier action.
“It came out of an event at Sen. Stabenow’s office,” he said. The event was held on June 28 at Sen. Stabenow’s office in Detroit, Mich. to demand that she vote against the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628).
That event, hosted by four main groups, started a discussion about single-payer. Those groups, Michigan for Revolution, Huron Valley DSA, Ann Arbor Indivisible, and Michigan United – Washtenaw County, have helped form the core of Monday’s event. This coalition constitutes something new to Wiand.
“None of us have seen any broad-base leftist coalition in our area,” he said.
The event Monday is a response to a broader day of action. A national call was put out by Millions Marching for Medicare 4 All. For Ayman Khafagi, an organizer for Michigan for Revolution and spokesperson for the event, he hopes that this issues will emerge on many more politicians’ platforms.
A brief look at some of the speakers for tomorrow is indicative of the possibility that it will. Speakers include Robert Davidson, candidate for U.S. Congress, MI – 02, David Benac, candidate for U.S. Congress MI – 06, TJ Kimball, Candidate for Michigan State Senate, 29th District, and Abdul El-Sayed, candidate for governor of Michigan.
For some of these candidates, their primaries and elections are not for a while. This prolonged look is something discussed by Khafagi.
“It’s not going to be a one day thing. This is just the beginning,” he said. “It’s a long fight against very strong powers.”
For Wiand, this issue is long overdue. “This should have been the next step when Truman proposed,” he said. To him, not necessarily Huron Valley DSA, “This is one of the first steps towards making this country one people can be proud of.”
Wiand said that he is not interested in forcing any particular view on anyone who does attend the rally.
“Come and listen,” he said. “Keep an open mind and ask what kind of America do you want to live in?”