2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference

About this Wiki:

This is a wiki for posting notes, photos, powerpoint presentations, and video of the 2015 Single-Payer Strategy Conference hosted in Chicago, IL by Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Healthcare, and One Payer States. To see what other conference participants have shared, click on the workshop or panel below that you're interested in.

How to Use the Wiki:

To add your own notes, photos, slideshows, or video to a workshop or panel page, you can email them to ben@healthcare-now.org, and Ben will post them for you, or you can add them yourself to this site just like Wikipedia! But please do not change this front page, which includes links to every workshop and panel in the conference.

To edit pages you first have to create a wikidot account by clicking "Create Account" in the upper right corner and following the instructions. You can then add to or edit any page by clicking "edit" at the bottom of the page. The goal is to have a comprehensive and accurate description of the conference, so feel free to change existing text for accuracy or grammatical errors, or to add from your own notes. Images and video can also be embedded using the commands above the text box. Be sure to add a short description of the changes you made in the box at the bottom before saving.

Single Payer Strategy Conference - Chicago, IL - October 30-November 1, 2015


Conference Strategy Questions

Attendees will be asked to answer the following five strategy questions at the conclusion of the conference based on their participation in workshops, plenaries, and their conversation with other movement activists at the conference. The questions are designed to focus our discussions and help us move towards consensus on important movement priorities by the end of the conference. Each question has a dedicated wiki page on which you can post your own thoughts or quotes from the conference that will help us move forward on these crucial organizing decisions!

  1. We win when we build a social movement. What are some concrete, strategically smart ways that our organizing can intersect with broader social movements?
  2. The ACA is five years old and clearly the law of the land. Currently, what are the most important aspects of the ACA for our movement, and how do we address them in our organizing work?
  3. We look to breakthroughs at the state level to reignite the national movement for healthcare justice. After recent experiences in Vermont, California and elsewhere, what will it take to move state campaigns to victory?
  4. National elections can present major opportunities and challenges for social movements. What can our movement realistically achieve in 2016 through the election cycle?
  5. The current healthcare system reproduces inequities along lines of race, class, gender and immigration status. What are concrete ways we can confront these inequities in our work and within our own organizations?

Agenda for Friday, October 30

Single-Payer Rally Targeting a Healthcare Profiteer, 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Reception and Opening Plenary, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Agenda for Saturday, October 31

Plenary: Developing a Winning Strategy for the Single-Payer Movement, 9:00AM-10:30AM

Workshops, 10:45AM-3:15PM

10:45AM-11:45AM – First block of workshops:

1:05PM-2:05PM – Second block of workshops:

2:15PM-3:15PM – Third block of workshops:

Plenary: Building Momentum, Building the Movement, 3:30PM-5:30PM

FixIt: Healthcare at the Tipping Point documentary, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Agenda for Sunday, November 1

Strategy Sessions & Closing Plenary, 9:00AM-11:00AM

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