Thank You – from the cornfields in Iowa

Now that the 2010 midterm elections are over and John Boehner will become Speaker of the House, his priority is to repeal and replace HR3962, the Affordable Health Care for Americans Act.

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From Sergio:

“I was pleased by the turnout… ~900 people signed in, and many others did not, so I’d say we had somewhere around  1200-1500. When we arrived at 10:30am we set up two sign-in booths and signage, and when a good number of people were there, we started marching around the perimeter until the stage was set. A friend of mine came through with a good sound system and Miles and I kicked off the open mic. with a chant. These people were energized and it didn’t seem to make a difference to them that Glen Beck’s event was much bigger. We were all moved by the stories and the passion that our roster of 20+ speakers shared with us.”

From John:

“Thanks, Sergio and Miles.  And, thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen!
I really appreciated the stories shared by many, some heart-wrenching, some bold and determined and all for health care reform!
I also liked the spontaneous ground swell for rallying in D.C, starting with Julie’s dream and spreading out across the county.  We had folks from California, Texas, Wisconsin, New York, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and more.  We did it without any big organizational support (no OFA, no DNC, no, no HCAN).  It was truly grassroots.”

“It was mostly the warmth that filled me up and made me proud to be an American attending a rally in Our Nation’s Capital.  People smiled at us as we approached.  A few people asked to take our picture.  We had great signs and my kids are the cutest ever, so it was to be expected.  **Lowers Eyes Modestly**

Honestly, it was a great crowd.  We marched around the central fountain, chanting, “No is Not an Option!”, and “What do we want? Healthcare! When do we want it? Now!”  My husband threw in his own special chant, that no one seemed to pick up, “Joe Wilson’s Mama Drives a Picklewagon!”

We listened to story after story on the loudspeaker.  Stories of lost loved ones, of coverage denied for life-sustaining treatments because of pre-existing conditions like teen-age acne, of uninsured adults who feared the one accident or health condition that would ruin their health, their finances, and their lives.  The crowd around me nodded and cheered and booed and chanted.”

ABC/7 Report


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We’re #37

Venue and Instructions

Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform
September 13, 2009, 12Noon – 5pm
Upper Senate Park / Constitution Ave and Delaware Avenue NE


The location has changed from a march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol to a rally at the Upper Senate Park.

All buses must be routed through Union Station. There will be no bus parking at the Upper Senate Park.

The Upper Senate Park permit will be issued to Julie Paulsen and Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform. Those rallying from other groups, not associated to Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform, may be asked to leave. The Upper Senate Park must be thoroughly cleaned up after the rally. All trash is to be disposed of in proper receptacles.

This rally is to be peaceful not a demonstration. Singing, chanting, speeches, stories of health care difficulties and peaceful participation is expected. Obstructive yelling, screaming, fighting or name calling is not acceptable. If we are approached by GOP, right-wing, 9/12 demonstrators the rule of thumb is to ignore them. We are not to acknowledge their presence. If that goal cannot be obtained you may have officials remove them. This is our rally for health care reform.

If approached by the media our response should be similar, if not identical, to White House health care insurance reform verbiage. If asked about GOP, right-wing myths on health care reform persons should be directed to White

Each participant, who is staying through Monday, is asked to set up an appointment with their congressman and senators to discuss their support of health care and insurance reform. This meeting will probably with an aide.

If asked Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform is not affiliated with Organizing for America or the Democratic National Committee or affiliated with any other groups, special interests or lobbying forums. Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform is a grassroots organization. Neither Julie Paulsen or members of Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform will not be held liable for property, personal property, person(s) or actions of any person, group or association.


Leslie Boyd has asked to speak to the group about her son’s fight against insurance companies and health care institutions. Her son, Mike, not only lost his fight with institutions, but also his life.

J.A. Ribelles, MD has asked to speak about analysis of the causes of run away costs and the measures to be implemented to contain them


Yesterday, right after Elizabeth King from Congressman Fattah’s office emailed me and told me that the Congressman had withdrawn his resolution to make September 13th the day to rally for health care in Washington, D.C. and, within his resolution, the parks and Capitol areas in WDC, to be available to marches and rallies…..well, I did a major meltdown. The Congressman left us holding the bag. Miles emailed me the form for the permit and I filled it out and faxed it to the Capitol Police then I immediately got on the phone with my Senator Harkin (D-IA) for help securing a permit, I shot off an email to the White House and one to Congressman Fattah’s office to help us secure a permit because there is a five day waiting period for a permit – we were at four days.

I believe that there are Angels of Mercy. We’ve had a hectic month. My health is down the tubes and this month my husband, Jack, has been in and out of Mercy Medical Center twice this month. This morning I had to bring him home, again, from the hospital. One of the messages waiting for me on the phone message machine was from Officer Garrison of the Capitol Police (I had spoken to him twice yesterday). He could not guarantee anything, but he had been put in charge of our request for a permit. We went through the details and it looks like we have the Upper Senate Park which holds 2,500. WE CANNOT MARCH FROM THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. Because of his kindness I want to let everyone know to MEET at the Upper Senate Park.

Again, I believe that there are Angels of Mercy at work here.

Officer Garrison also told me that any and ALL buses must be directed to Union Station. There is no bus parking.

Now, the bad news. I can’t come. My priority is Jack. So I need a ‘go to’ person, at the rally. This permit is in my name. I am responsible for this rally and for picking up the litter, making sure the area is clean after the rally and securing the area. Spotless, because they are not asking for an insurance bond. This person would also have to pick up the permit in the Capitol Police office, Special Events Unit, 119 D St., NE on FRIDAY – tomorrow. They are open until 6:00pm. I believe the later you get there, the better. There phone number is 202.224.8891. The officer to ask for is Officer Garrison.

Again, there is no guarantee here, but I feel that someone has our back.


Update, 9/1/2009 States Being Represented

New York















Washington State




New Jersey

North Carolina

South Carolina

West Virginia

Washington, D.C.




Sunday, September 13, 2009


Washington, D.C.

Arrival – about one hour prior to start.

Meet at the Lincoln Memorial and march down the National Mall to the steps of the Capitol Building.

There is parking on the back side of the Capitol Building and handicap parking near the Washington Monument.

It would be wonderful if one person can spear head each state and get estimates of what a chartered bus would cost.  It looks like we will have many more participants than are signing up.  By the phone calls and emails I’m getting I hearing lots of, “I haven’t signed up but we’re coming.  What do I do about…..”

Update, August 31, 2009

There was a movie about a novice farmer in Iowa starring Kevin Costner called “The Field of Dreams.”  In the movie, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a soft whisper of a ball player called Shoeless Joe saying, “If you build it, they will come.”  Ray Kinsella built a ball field in his corn fields, and the ghosts of the ball players came.

And I’m an Iowan.

Americans United for Health Care and Insurance Reform is our “Field of Dreams.”  We have built it, they will come.  The response since our Press Release issued this morning has been tremendous.  They are coming — from Seattle, WA, Michigan, Maine, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Delaware, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Texas.

We have built it, they are coming.

Kudo’s to SaraBeth and Kittykago for their excellent work on DailyKOS and all the Twitters and FaceBook enthusiasts and my committee of 5 who have steered me in the right direction and kept me on the road when I was veering in the wrong direction.

Keep the pressure up.  Get the Press Release to all your local newspapers and media contacts.

Thank you, for all you have done and will continue to do for health care and insurance reform.