Los Angeles County

Primary Contact Name: 

Maureen Cruise


Peace Center
3916 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230-4640
United States




310 459-9763


 "According to myth…a single-payer system is a good idea, but unrealistic.  
What is truly unrealistic is anything else."     

Marcia Angell, MD, former editor, of the New England Journal of Medicine  

Activists need a backbone, a jawbone and a wishbone. Nina Turner  
 Health Care for All - LA Chapter   
Thursday August 10th from 7:30-9:45 pm 
PEACE CENTER -  Don White Meeting Room 
3916 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City 90230
Whether you like meeting with new people and spreading the word, or corresponding with folks you know, there is an important role for you to play.   At this meeting we will divide the tasks of movement building into a number of committees: 
  1. Flyering, Tabling, Canvassing
  2. Legislative Visits
  3. Gathering Organization Endorsements
  4. Gathering Business Endorsements
  5. Booking and Training Speakers
  6. Joining and Organizing Demonstrations

If you have any ideas please share them. Having more people handle various tasks makes our movement more sustainable and enjoyable for all. Please note that this meeting is only for people who have already decided that Single Payer Healthcare is the way to go.  Different from our usual focus on education about the issues, this will be an organizing meeting to develop our advocacy teams for actions in outreach, visibility, legislative accountability and education. September will be an information meeting.    Thanks to Reed.  

PEACE CENTER is Located just south of Venice Blvd. between the Pauline Book Store and Ramada Inn. Driveway or alley access to plenty of FREE parking and entrance behind the building.  Alley entrance from Bentley & Matteson.  Light refreshments.  No Charge.  Everyone is welcome.
Info: Maureen@healthcareforall-LA.com or 310-459-9763
Martha Madison & the Occupy Torrance Team continues to lobby weekly for support of SB562. 
We continue emails, calls, visits, rallies, vigils to support SB562.
Until September 15th, Assembly chair Rendon may still rescind the rules and remove SB562 from the shelf and return it to the assembly committees  to do the job of inserting the finance section and making amendments. If 41 of the 80 (54 Democrats)  assembly members requested SB562 to be returned to committee they could overturn Rendon's unilateral decision.  We continue to Lobby Senate & Assembly Members asking for cosponsorship and to prepare both the public and legislators for the continuing campaign. www.healthyCA.org for talking points and more info. 

If legislators state their support...say thanks! ...and make requests to demonstrate their sincerity for such an important life and death bill:  
        Sign the Healthy CA Campaign Legislator endorsement form.
        Host a district townhall for constituents to educate and discuss SB562
        Post a SB 562 poster at the office in the window or other visible place.
        Post support for SB 562 on their webpage and social media accounts.
        Advocate endorsement of SB562 among colleagues.
        Mention their support publicly at meetings and events where they are speaking.  

For those of you interested in the petition calling for Eric Bauman CADEM chair and  as of June the senior advisor to Anthony Rendon to pass single payer:

Also Healthy CA Campaign calendar ( Link Here)

August 3rd Thursday 10am-noon

Labor United for Universal Healthcare's General Membership Meeting will be on Thursday, August 3, from 10:00 am - Noon, at the L.A. County Federation of Labor, 2130 James M. Wood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90006. Parking is available in the lot; enter off Lake Street. On the agenda will be reports on SB 562 (the Healthy California Act), the Garden Party, and our Education Committee. See you there!  Questions? Email sarah@laborforhealthcare.org

August 4th  Friday 7:30 pm 

Topanga Peace Alliance First Friday Film Night Presents:
“Now is the Time / Healthcare for Everybody” 
With Special HCA-LA Speakers for the Discussion after the film 
Veggie Snack Pot Luck at 7:15 pm, Movie 7:30pm.
At The Topanga Library
122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga 90290

If you can, please bring a non-alcoholic beverage or vegetarian potluck snacks to share.
A $10 donation is requested to help with our insurance and printing costs, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For further information: Julie at 310 455-9389 h; 310 463-3016 c

We've seen enough to know that insurance-based healthcare is not effective for keeping costs down and giving everyone access to needed medical care.​ Advocates are totally committed to changing the healthcare system, and polls indicate that the general public supports the idea of universal healthcare. So it should be a no-brainer, right? Well, no.  


August 5th Saturday SB 562 Speaker Training
August 5th, 1:30PM to 5:30PM in Glendale

SB562 Speaker Training
Want to educate others on single payer but need more information?
Join this special speaker training!                                                                                                               Please email Mari Lopez at CNA to RSVP  MLopez@calnurses.org


August 6th Sunday Conference Call  3-4 pm

Change Links & HCA-LA /Healthy CA Activist  Kirsten Yale will host this Sunday 3-4 pm 
Health Care Justice Discussion conference call.  
Dial-in Number: (515) 604-9702, Access Code: 290785     

August 6th Saturday 5PM- 8PM HCA-LA Tables at ADA


 A Night of Social Justice Politics & Comedy!
Featuring Jimmy Dore and other Progressives on Progressive Issues
Private Residence, Santa Monica, CA
See link for ticket information
Info: (310) 550-8221
Use Hashtag: #ADASoCal on the day of the event.
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-of-politics-comedy-tickets-36377754844

August 10th Thursday HCA-LA Chapter

Thursday August 10th from 7:30-9:45 pm 
PEACE CENTER -  Don White Meeting Room 
3916 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City 90230 

August 13th Sunday 2:30pm-3:30pm

SB562 Presentation for the Ventura Democratic Club  
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - 952  (IBEW)

3994 E. Main Street, Ventura, 93003
There is plenty of parking behind,  in front and on the side of the building

August 31st Thursday 6:45 pm 

Screening of The Healthcare Movie

Come watch this eye-opening film to learn more about how universal healthcare was achieved in Canada.
Location: LAPD West Bureau, Community Room 
4849 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Parking: Street  Info: Jenni Chang  jennichang@gmail.com

Check out amazing young activist and dem party delegate  Ryan Skolnick  on his Face Book video rebutting a recent LA Times op ed...calling for incrementalism....from a physicians group CaPA, which uses volunteer students as navigators for Covered CA insurance to raise money for CaPA.  Thanks to Reed for sending.
* Barry Saks  covers the Rendon Townhall  https://barrysaks.com/.
* View the clip from 1992 when Gov. Brown was an advocate for single payer as he explains how it would be financed and save money,...now he doesn't know how it could be financed and is set dead against SB 562.
Conservative case for Single Payer:  Thanks Nancy NiParko  & Will for sending.
* Lila Garrett KPFK "Connect the Dots"  interviews with Michael Lighty/CNA, Paul Song MD, Maureen Cruise 
http://www.newyorker.com/podcast/the-new-yorker-radio-hour/the-man-who-would-be-king-of-mars-and-trumpcare-revisited Thanks David Guth for sending
Lauren Steiner of Robust Opposition many Face Book video clips on theSB562 movement.
Margaret FlowersMD  https://www.c-span.org/video/?430975-3/washington-journal-margaret-flowers-michael-tanner-discuss-single-payer-health-care

Articles of interest from the Healthy California campaign:The "Mod Squad" list as shared by Emma Jenson (Emma/Margot's email is punkrockgrl@gmail.com)


Thanks to:  Jyoti Puvvula MD  and Gil Granado MD and student organizers for hosting a SB562 health care componant in their UCLA social justice activism conference. Lila Garrett for hosting Michael Lighty, Paul Song MD  and Maureen Cruise RN  on KPFK's Connect the Dots.  Thanks Reed Heisler-Shellaby for managing Health Care for All Los Angeles  Facebook page and organizing members for canvassing.  Thanks Genevieve Cruise for organizing Legislative visits in several districts.  Bill Eisen for documenting events with photos. Occupy Torrance: Toni Churg, Martha Madison, Steve Varyalay, Tom Newmanfor weekly vigils. Jenni Chang for organizing the regional meetings and so much more!  Cliff Tasner for the new animated clips. Michael Lighty Pilar Schiavo, Mari Lopez, Bill Gallagher, Carolyn Bowden of CNA and HCA -CA activists and directors across the state for their relentless dedication to passing single payer SB 562 despite the onslaught of covert and overt actions to block it.  Dr. Bill Honigman from PDA, also above and beyond Lauren Steiner, Luca de Sanctis Barton,  Emma Jensen,  Raven Gilliam, Luis South,  Juan Molina, Ryan Skolnick,  Pamela Viele, Kirsten Yale,  Andre Bouley, James Sarantino, Brandt Chamberlain, julieanna Thompson, Frank Dorrel, Michael Novick,  letters from Nancy Greep MD, Jerome Helman MD, Doris Nelson, Adam Gorgoni, Pamela McCrory, Betty Duoma, Mervis Ressig, Sarah Springer ... and deep apologies to any and all I have forgotten to thank here.

District office visit of AD50 to discuss SB562 * Protest outside Speaker Rendon's office when he shelved bill * Constant posts and post engagement on social media *  Staffed SB562 table at Impeachment March Los Angeles * Distributed flyers at Pride March - West Hollywood * Wrote letters to editor of LA Times and rebuttals in online publications * Rally at Sacramento 1. Canvassed in Newman's District * Canvassed in Rendon's district * Organized SB 562 advocacy efforts of Monkey Wrench Brigade activists * Attended Speaker's Training March 4th by CNA * Attended SB 562 education session presented by Labor United * Attended Speaker's Training May 27th * Made repeated calls to Senators and Assembly Reps urging support for SB 562 * Attended Town Hall with Brad Sherman, Bob Hertzberg, Matt Dababneh, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas * Participated in Healthy CA March & Rally from Pershing Square to City Hall * Participated in Immigrant's Rights March carrying Healthy CA banner * Submitted letter of support to SB 562 authors on behalf of Monkey Wrench Brigade * Participated in Healthy CA Field calls * Social Media Advocacy - Posted educational articles about SB 562 on FB, tweeted about corporate Dems ties to and financial ties to pharma and health insurers * radio interviews * writing articles * speaking engagements * 

Many more thanks to each and everyone who has put their hearts, minds and minutes of your lives into this movement. 

Thanks Bill Eisen for photo of action at Rendon's office.
Healthcare for All - Los Angeles Chapter
  Meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month
from 7:30-9:45 pm at the Peace Center 
3916 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City 90230-4640. 
The HCA-LA mission is to educate, activate and encourage people to participate in advocating for just, equitable, accessible, comprehensive, affordable, and quality healthcare in a publicly financed universal single-payer system. Agendas include speakers, presentations, discussions, films, opportunity for action in our communities.
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