On March 3rd, rally with our friends at Make It Our UPMC in downtown Pittsburgh! These incredible advocates strive for social justice in Pittsburgh – to support UPMC workers’ efforts to earn the living wages they deserve and need to survive.
UPMC is a global health enterprise and the largest employer, health provider, and landowner in Pittsburgh. Despite its charitable, non-profit status it pays thousands of workers so little that they have to rely on food stamps, housing subsidies, and even public healthcare to get by.
Across our city, people are standing up and demanding that UPMC do better. Join Make It Our UPMC on March 3rd for an all-day rally: “Good Jobs, Healthy Pittsburgh Day of Action.” The rally starts at 12 pm - US Steel Tower, 600 Grant St. in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Learn more at the Facebook Event Page.
Filmmaker Julie Sokolow, Poster Image by Jenn Gooch, Photo by Jeff Swensen
“I wanted to take a more positive approach, to not just focus on health care horror stories, but the people who would be empowered by a universal health care system,” Ms. Sokolow said.
The New York Times profiled Healthy Artists! Read the full article here.
While NYT reporter Ben Sisario was visiting Pittsburgh, we introduced him to the “Unblurred” Art Crawl Scene on Penn Ave. Skipping from one gallery to the next, we encountered a whirlwind of fabulous artists, friends and advocates. We even bumped into Eanna Holton and China Horrell, who appear in the Healthy Artists documentary series. Brilliant photographer Jeff Swensen captured the action:
Photo Captions: 1) Studio Corrida Filmmakers Garret Jones and Anthony DeAngelis with GPAC Artist Relations Coordinator, Christiane Leach. 2) Julie Sokolow at the Brillobox in Pittsburgh, PA. 3) Artist Jia Ji and Julie Sokolow at Modern Formations Gallery. 4) Comic book artists, Dan McCloskey and Maggie Negrete. 5) Specter Studios Artist, China Horrell. 6) Nina Sauer, Co-Owner of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. 7) Specter Studios artist, Eanna Holton. 8) Jason Sauer, Co-Owner of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. 9) Eanna Holton and her son. 10) Paula Levin, Founder of The Literary Arts Boom (The LAB). 11) Installation at Assemble, a community space for art and technology. 12) One Pittsburgh advocates, Eric Shannon and John Fitzgerald.
Healthy Artists: The Movie chronicles a revolutionary moment in 2013 – One city’s art scene stood up for universal health care. The results were phenomenal!
Documentary by Garret Jones and Anthony DeAngelis. Healthy Artists is made possible by HealthCare4AllPA’s Education Fund. Please make a donation to their advocacy efforts towards winning a single-payer system in PA (and the USA)!
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Photo by Robert Gordon
The producer of Healthy Artists, Julie Sokolow, just penned a fantastic piece on Jon Stewart’s contribution to the American health care debate. Check out her Feb. 8 article in SALON. Below is the piece with Feb. 9 additions on Obamacare.
As a 12-year-old suburban kid, “The Daily Show” opened my mind and won my heart. It was an odd favorite, because I otherwise avoided politics. The cathartic laughter over revelations of American hypocrisy and that calming moment of zen at the show’s end made it possible to learn about our government’s failures while staying optimistic. I never thought I’d someday be 26, still watching “The Daily Show”, and totally struck by this idea: Jon Stewart will help save America’s health care system.
When Stewart is not interviewing Scarlett Johansson or Johnny Knoxville, he’s building a strong case for why we must fight for a truly humane, affordable health care system – a single-payer universal health care system that substantially upgrades Obamacare. Thanks in part to guests like Johansson and Knoxville, “The Daily Show” is a megaphone reaching the key 18-49 age demographic; it ranks first place in all of current late night TV for winning our age group’s hearts and minds.
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Visiting Writers at Big Idea, PGH.
Join us on Tuesday, February 4th 2014 from 6:30-8pm for a single-payer party hosted by Fight Back Pittsburgh! This event is free and open to the public. Come down to the Big Idea Book Store (4812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224), grab a coffee and cookie, and learn about the fight for universal healthcare with Jonathan Kissam, visiting healthcare pioneer from Vermont!
In 2011, Vermont passed the nation’s first true universal healthcare law, Act 48. The Green Mountain Care Board established by Act 48 has a mandate to create a statewide single-payer system by 2017. (Learn about how vulnerable people are still without healthcare in this New York Times article and why we need to work towards true single-payer universal health care in this Huffington Post piece.)
On Tuesday evening, we’ll enjoy a panel discussion with Jonathan Kissam of the Vermont Workers’ Center and Mitch Troutman of Put People First! PA! Jonathan will discuss the Healthcare Is a Human Rights campaign that led to the healthcare bill, and the subsequent Put People First campaign that has brought people together across movements to win real victories. Mitch will talk about a similar campaign to be launched in PA, and how Pittsburghers can get involved. Can’t wait to see you all there! RSVP/Learn More at the FB Event Page.
Stills from The Intuition Artist, Directed by Tim Murray
“Ideally, American society would encourage artistic exploration. Artists everywhere struggle to make ends meet, but America is the only industrialized nation where so many artists are without health care.”
Read our full interview with Reality Sandwich including the internet-debut of our video “The Intuition Artist” on painter Gabe Felice.
Meet Gabe Felice, a painter living in Pittsburgh, PA. We follow Gabe as he installs his solo art show at Future Tenant Gallery and relates a harrowing story about being an uninsured artist in America.
Screened at the 2013 No/Gloss Film Festival in Leeds, UK and 2013 Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Kitchen Series. Directed and Shot by Tim Murray, Produced by Julie Sokolow, with Music by Dan Koshute.