Join us at my home, 54 Palmer Terrace, on Monday, August 24th, 6-8pm where Dr. David Posnett and Arlene Coulter will help dispel rumors and misinformation concerning the Obama Administration's and give attendees ideas on to help pass this important legislation. They are both expertly informed on the subject and you will benefit significantly from the evening.
Time is short to turn this momentum against a Public Option around. Pass this on to others locally who would be valuable activists.
Please include your name during sign up on: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event
Health Care Press Conference / Health Care Organizing Event
Please join us for a press conference on Wednesday August 19th at 10:15am in front of Congressman Tim Bishop's office at 137 Hampton Road in Southampton. We'll be presenting a petition supporting Tim and his efforts to develop real health care reform in this country. We also want to make sure that the press knows and reports the facts about the corporate-sponsored hooliganism that is taking place at town hall meetings in an attempt to sabotage and derail President Obama's proposed health care plans. It's crucial that you try to attend and bring as many other people as you can.
Time: Wednesday, August 19 from 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Host: Francis Zappone
Location: Tim Bishop Congressional Office (Southampton, NY) 137 Hampton Road
Southampton, NY 11968
This is not a Tim Bishop press conference. Mr. Bishop told visitors to his Coram office today that he would not be present.
More on the Congressman's position - which seems to be wavering - soon.
FINDING OUR FOLK, FRAMING OUR FUTURE
with the Hot 8 Brass Band, Black Men of Labor and the Urban Bush Women
Friday August 21, 2009 - 5pm - 8pm
At the home of Toni Ross
76 Beach Lane, Wainscott, NY
Contact: Sharese Bullock (917) 667 - 4227
Saturday, August 22ndThe Dory on Shelter Island
Hot 8 Brass Band featuring the Urban Bush Women
10 pm - 3 am
Sunday, August 23rd
Join us for a "Conversation On Education"
with Bob and Omo Moses
4pm - 6pm
Bridgehampton Childcare Center
Contact: Kathy Engel - (631) 537-5792
Listen to 89.5 FM from Bridgeport or 88.7 FM from Montauk or streaming at wpkn.org
the email us at email@example.com.
Letter sent to Editor of the Southampton Press:*
The news about the probable demise of one of the several NPR radio affiliates broadcasting from eastern Long Island, "Public Radio Station Now Up For Sale", Press, August 13, may not signal the end times for news, music and information in these parts.
WPKM 88.7 FM Montauk and WPKN 89.5 FM Bridgeport are fiercely independent non-commercial radio stations run by volunteers on Long Island and in Connecticut. Our programs are available everywhere at www.wpkn.org. We offer a wide variety of music from rock and folk to classics.
Our news and public affairs programs, such as Counterpoint with Scott Harris (Mondays, 8pm) will be augmented starting August 31 by Democracy Now with Amy Goodman at 10pm weekdays. A re-working of the schedule will allow for a greater number of programmers and even more diverse offerings starting in September. Two programs produced by Native-Americans will be included.
WPKN is a station that welcomes volunteers from the East End. Programs produced here already include "Song Trails with Caroline Doctorow and Mick Hargreaves" (1st Saturday each month at 7pm) , Tidings From Hazel Kahan (moved to 2nd Wednesday at 12:30 pm ) and East End Ink, a literary review from Sag Harbor (moved to 4th Wednesday at 12:30 pm). Other programs such as Mal Dankner's "American Popular Song" and local news reports are produced by East Enders.
All this is presently put together on a $330 thousand yearly budget that must be met by listener contributions. WPKN does not accept funds from corporate or other business concerns so that the free speech we enjoy can continue. Please go to wpkn.org to make a tax deductible donation.
Also, join us at Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead on Sunday, August 30 from 12 to 6 for a rocking benefit concert with four of Long Island's Grateful Dead tribute bands.
Southampton, New York
* this letter was not published
- Barry Alsexander Brown filmaker;
- Bob Zellner, author, storyteller and civil rights activist;
- Dylan Jenet Collins, songstress/actress (Soloist for Pres. Obama's Inauguration and member of "Lion King" cast)
- Bobbie Terzi, composer/singer and
- Dorothy Frankel, Sculpture.
rsvp: firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-965-3550.
The Public Option's Last Stand, and the Public's
I would have preferred a single payer system like Medicare, but became convinced earlier this year that a public, Medicare-like optional plan was just about as much as was politically possible. Now the White House is stepping back even from the public option, with the President saying it's "not the entirety of ," the saying the President could be "satisfied" without it, and Health and Human Services Secretary saying that a public insurance plan is "not the essential element."
Without a public, Medicare-like option, health care reform is a bandaid for a system in critical condition. There's no way to push private insurers to become more efficient and provide better value to Americans without being forced to compete with a public option. And there's no way to get overall health-care costs down without a public option that has the authority and scale to negotiate lower costs with pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, and other providers -- thereby opening the way for private insurers to do the same.
It's been clear from the start that the private insurers and other parts of the medical-industrial complex have hated the idea of the public option, for precisely these reasons. A public option would cut deeply into their current profits. That's why they've been willing to spend a fortune on lobbyists, threaten and intimidate legislators and ordinary Americans, and even rattle Obama's cage to the point where the Administration is about to give up on it.
The White House wonders why there hasn't been more support for universal health care coming from progressives, grass-roots Democrats, and Independents. I'll tell you why. It's because the White House has never made an explicit commitment to a public option.
Senator Kent Conrad's ersatz public option -- his regional "cooperatives" -- won't have the scale or authority to do what a public option would do. That's why some Republicans say they could buy it. What's Conrad's response? "The fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the for a public option. There never have been," he tells "FOX News Sunday." Conrad is wrong. If Obama tells Senate Democrats he will not sign a healthcare reform bill without a public option, there will be enough votes in the United States Senate for a public option.
I urge you to make it absolutely clear to everyone you know, everyone who cares about universal health care and what it will mean to our country, that the bill must contain a real public option. Tell that to your representatives in Congress. Tell that to the White House. If you are receiving piles of emails from the Obama email system asking you to click in favor of health care, do not do so unless or until you know it has a clear public option. Do not send money unless or until the White House makes clear its support for a public option.
This isn't just Obama's test. It's our test.
Economist Robert Reich was the Secretary of Labor in the first Clinton administration.
August 30 (Sunday):Monthly Four Corners (S. Ocean & Main St.) in Patchogue with the reading of the names of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. July 2009 has been the deadliest month in the since October 2001…..this is a war that George W Bush started and President Obama sadly continues…..Organized by the South Country Peace Group at the
September 12 (Saturday): PeaceSmiths Annual Fundraising Concert in Amityville at 4pm
PeaceSmiths will hold its annual Fundraising Concert at the First United Methodist Church, 25 Broadway(Route110), Amityville, NY. The church is at the southmost end of Route 110 near Merrick Road (Montauk Highway), and is affectionately known as the last church on the left. The evening's performers include Mark Yodice; Ken “The Rocket” Korb and Lora Kendal; Jeff Curtis; Rich Stein’s “The Counterclockwise Ensemble” and "Easy Anthems." The night of music and dinner is available for a $25.00 donation. The doors open at 4 p.m. for dinner. The music begins at 5 p.m. Updated information about the event can be found at www.PeaceSmiths.org. PeaceSmiths can be contacted at email@example.com or (631) 798-0778.
Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales - WPKN 89.5 / WPKM 88.7 FM and wpkn.org - Weekdays at 10 pm starting August 31
Combatants for Peace and the Billboard from Bethlehem: there ARE partners for peace
Ch. 20 Saturdays at 10 pm in Riverhead/Southampton/Southold/Shelter Island
Mondays 8-10 pm: Counterpoint with Scott Harris
Interviews on local, national and international affairs with people and issues not normally heard in the corporate media. Program archived at http://whiterosesociety.org/Counterpoint.html
WPKN 89.5 FM /WPKM 88.7 FM /wpkn.org
Thursdays at Noon: Bill McNulty on WUSB 90.1 and www.wusb.fm
Long Island long time activist for human rights tells it like it is.
Counter Recruiting Activities
For more information, call 631-875-8647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Tuesday each month: South Fork Chapter - LI Progressive Coalition Meets in Water Mill at 6:30pm
The regular monthly meeting of the South Fork chapter of the Progressive Coalition is at 6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church on Montauk Highway & Hayground Rd. between Water Mill and Bridgehampton. Info: 516-541-1006, ext.55 or
See Suffolk Peace Vigils for a complete list of weekly and monthly vigils.
See Counter - Recruiting Schedule for a listing of weekly and monthly demonstrations
Please send event listings for next week's report (PLAIN TEXT Please) by 5 pm on Tuesday