No doubt, some of the town hall meetings that have been taking place across the country have folks quite concerned. I have heard from those who are concerned about attending large gatherings for fear of having meetings turned into shouting matches and even violence. Let’s not be deterred from our course. Let’s not be intimidated by what is taking place in other states. Here’s a recap of the most recent town hall meeting with Congressman Joe Courtney.
Woodstock Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Courtney a Success: Last week, Vernon Democrats hosted a town hall meeting with Congressman Courtney in attendance. The event drew at least an estimated 350 people, according to the Norwich Bulletin. After Congressman Courtney gave opening remarks (see CCAG video below), guests speakers took the podium, which was followed by a lengthy question and answer session. “Overall the event was a positive one, which can be credited to the gentleman who asked the first question, setting a civil tone for the forum.” (CCAG)
Click here for full update on the Woodstock Town Hall.
These kinds of events are critical. It is an opportunity for folks on both sides of the aisle to get their questions answers, to hear fact and not fiction. OFC, together with many of our partners, is working to set up more of these kinds of events both large and small. Take Action: Host a community conversation in your backyard or living room. Invite your friends, neighbors and colleagues to come out and talk about health care insurance reform. Talking points and the facts can be downloaded directly from the White House @ http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/.
Here are some events already being organized that is open to everyone to attend and volunteer for:
Stay Connected: Be on the OFC teleconference on Friday, August 14th and get up to date status on events and plans, Q&A, and more.
Bridgeport: Three large community conversations are being organized in the 4th Congressional District. Details are being worked on and will be announced shortly. Contacts: Diane Peterson email@example.com and Wayne Winston.
Groton/New London: HCAN Rally at Norms Diner August 23rd.
Call Your Representative: Click here to call your Representative on health insurance reform.
There is something for everyone. No matter how little or how much time you have to spare, if each of us makes a phone call, writes a letter to the editor or a blog post debunking the lies, sends out a twitter message promoting articles and comments online with fact and not fiction, we will win this battle. Check for existing events and ways to take action @ Organizing for Connecticut, Health Care for American Now, Connecticut Citizens Action Network.
Thank you for all that you do.
Val McCall, State Director
Organizing for Connecticut