It’s was a sunny, optimistic day in San Francisco, as Mayor Gavin Newsom addresses the crowd on the steps of his City Hall, at the one of the over 50 launch events for the Health Care for America Now! campaign for federal health reform. “We’ve been here on these steps many times before, saying many of the same things. But this time feels just a little bit different. This time it feels like we share a feeling of a little more optimism.” said Newsom.
“This is not just an ethical issue, though it is. This is not just a moral issue, though it is. This is an economic issue,” the Mayor said. On the stalled effort in Sacramento, he said “we were that close. We were right there on the cusp on fundamental change. We know what needs to be done. Its time for leadership to get the job done.”
Giselle Quezada of ACORN and Anthony Wright of Health Access California moderated the event and are to the left of the Mayor in the picture. Also pictured are John Arensmeyer of Small Business Majority, Leah Donahey of CREDO Mobile, and Dr. Stuart Bussey of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists of AFSCME.
Other speakers included Art Pulaski of the AFL-CIO, Conny Ford of the San Francisco Labor Council, Dr. Rachel Krebs-Falk of the Committee of Interns and Residents, Paul Kumar of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, and Amy Moy of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. We had 20 media outlets attend, including television, radio, newspapers, and magazines.
It was a successful start to an important campaign.