- Sylvia Moore JD: Origins of Racism in US Health Care
- Jenny Chang: Incrementalism Entrenches Inequality
- Eric Pierce LCSW: A Clinicians View of Systemic Inequality
- Maureen Cruise RN: Medical Apartheid and how we Beat It!
Moderator: Erika Feresten: Out Reach Director Medicare for All
There is a historical and cultural history of racism woven into American institutions since the time of slavery. Our current health insurance system continues the deep inequality of resources, access, affordability and treatment based on income, geography, status, and ultimately race. A Single-Payer /Medicare for All Health Care System will remove the current barriers by establishing “Health Care As A Human Right “that assigns all lives equal value and honors human dignity. Everybody In No Body Out.
Sylvia Moore is a Medicare-for-All activist and board member for the single-payer advocacy group, California OneCare. In a former life, Sylvia was a newspaper reporter in northern California, covering general assignment and local government. She more recently spent several years as an organizer for California Common Cause, working on campaign finance reform, redistricting and voting issues.
As a community activist and organizer, Jenni Chang fought hard to advance the message of healthcare justice. She was the regional coordinator in Los Angeles for the Healthy California Campaign, the coalition behind the Medicare-for-All bill, SB 562. She has worked closely with many hard-working grassroots groups and progressive powerhouse organizations, including the California Nurses Association and the California Alliance for Retired Americans, where she is currently a Southern California organizer. Before moving to California and becoming a community organizer, Jenni lived in New York City, where she worked in editorial at Condé Nast and as an independent copywriter. Jenni is the daughter of South Korean immigrants. She grew up with a disabled father, a severely autistic brother, a dear sister, and an exceptionally strong mother who worked like a beast to be the breadwinner for them all.
Eric Pierce is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who currently provides therapeutic counseling services to patients at the Kaiser Permanente Infectious disease Clinic in Los Angeles California. Mr. Pierce obtained his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and his masters of social work from California State University, Long Beach. When not counseling HIV infected patients, Eric is an advocate for Medicare for All through his work with the Democratic Socialist Of America Los Angeles Chapter. To relax Eric enjoys working out with his husband Hector and traveling. Mr. Pierce has been HIV positive since 1988 and is living strong.
Maureen Cruise, RN is a former research associate at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and a former public health clinic nurse with the LA County Dept. Health Services. Currently director of Healthcare for All-Los Angeles Chapter, Maureen works in solidarity with many social justice organizations and coalition partners advocating for Single Payer / Medicare for All reform as the answer to creating Health Care equality and justice for everyone.
Erika Feresten is a Single-Payer/Medicare for All organizer and activist. She created the Health Care Revolutionaries who sang Hamilton parodies and crowd canvassed outside the show in LA and San Diego. She is out-reach director for Health Care for All – Los Angeles, President of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club and an elected assembly delegate to the CA Democratic Party.