HEALTH ACCESS UPDATE
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

CONSUMER ADVOCATES LEAFLET MOVIEGOERS TO REVEAL
THE DRUG COMPANIES AS “THE CONSTANT GOUGER.”

  • Leafletting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento Areas
  • Wednesday Opening Day Media Actions; Leafletting Opportunities Through the Week

Consumer and health advocates will leaflet moviegoers viewing “The Constant Gardener,” a new thriller about drug company corruption. The advocates will use the film’s Opening Day to raise awareness among audiences about the real life drama taking place in California this election season, “The Constant Gouger,” also about drug company conspiracy.

The “Gouger,” the prescription drug companies, has conspired to confuse voters in this fall’s special election by placing a smokescreen initiative on the ballot, Prop. 78, a voluntary discount program proven to fail and designed to block Prop. 79. Prop. 79 is a consumer group-backed measure that would provide deep, enforceable discounts for up to 10 million Californians. The drug companies have raised a record-breaking $72 million to block Prop. 79 and protect their ability to price-gouge Californians.

The movie “The Constant Gardener,” by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), is based on the book by John Le Carre, and stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. For a fun Internet animation “trailer” about the movie themed “Constant Gouger” action, that advocates can send to friends, visit:
http://www.voteyesonprop79.com/constantgouger.htm

Tomorrow’s leafleting activities will take place in Los Angeles, the Bay area and the Sacramento area, kicking off a week-long effort across the state. Activists can visit the Alliance for a Better California website, at http://www.betterca.org, for information on joining the effort in their local communities.

Health advocates are encouraged to participate in several media actions on Opening Day, Wednesday, August 31st, at the following locations:
* Los Angeles at the ArcLight Theater, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd. 4:00–5:00pm
* Bay Area/San Francisco: UA Galaxy 4 Theater, 1285 Sutter St. at both 3:00pm and 6:00pm
* Bay Area/Oakland: Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave. at both 3:00pm and 6:00pm
* Sacramento Area/Davis: Signature Davis Stadium 5, 420 G St., in Davis at 5:45pm

For more information about the Proposition 79 campaign, visit the website at http://www.VoteYesOnProp79.com.

Again, to see the The Constant Gouger trailer, visit:
http://www.voteyesonprop79.com/constantgouger.htm

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