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2022 Medicare for All Strategy Conference has ended

Hundreds of activists from around the country convened for an online week of inspiration and strategy to win Medicare for All! The 2022 M4A conference featured more than 20 plenary panels, 40 live workshops, and 80 speakers.


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Chris` Lowe (he-him)

Portland DSA, HCAO-Action, HCAO
activist
Portland, Oregon
I've been a single payer activist in Oregon since about 2007, 63 years old. For better and worse I'm an intellectual, an ex-academic with a Ph.D. in African history & teaching fields involving both the African diaspora and issues around race and class. I did the coursework for an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at Oregon Health and Science University.

In January 2022 I had a small heart attack, and found myself in the middle of the night with moderate chest pains dithering about calling 911 because I was unsure if my payment for renewed insurance in the Exchange had been made on time or if I was in a coverage gap. I shouldn't have to worry about things like that.

I agree with the distinctions Jane McAlevey makes among adovocacy, mobilizing, and organizing,.

I am interested in talking about how we build an *organized* mass grass roots Medicare for All movement, beyond just advocacy and mobilizing. And a movement that has a strategy that's well articulated. I don't really see that now but I'll be listening to hear if I've been missing something. The conference in Minneapolis in 2017 or 2018 did articulate such a strategy, but it never materialized.

So, if you want to talk about how we might build an actual *organizing* movement with the grassroots power to move politicians, and about what kind of alchemy it takes to convert a collection of tactics into an actual strategy, I'm your guy! ;-)
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