~ Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care
“I’m really mad, and… I have to do something about it!” That’s what I heard from a voice on the other end of the phone line late Saturday afternoon. I braced myself, given the kinds of angry phone calls, letters, and such that are circulating these days, but when I realized who it was I was grateful. It was a friend, a neighbor, a band mom, and an active member of her synagogue here in Ohio. It was someone who wants to be a part of making health care reform happen this year. It was an activist who understands that supporters cannot sit by idly while the opposition tears apart our hope for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us.
Barbara is passionate about doing things that contribute to the common good. I’ve been in her house before when she organized gatherings to help friends write letters to their elected officials. Usually, the focus is broad to help get lots of friends there, regardless of their favorite issue. But this time, it’s just about health care because she knows it’s that important. She wanted talking points and phone numbers and schedules and strategies. She recognizes that every one of us will have to take actions over and over again in the coming weeks until our voices prevail with the moral vision for health care in the U.S. So… in the next couple of weeks, she will host a letter-writing party and get letters delivered to our members of Congress before the end of the month. I’ll be there supporting her and writing my own letters.
Where will you be in the next few weeks and what will you be doing? Yes, I know it’s August, and it’s hot, and the kids are starting school, and… there are always things to get in the way of getting involved in the democratic process. But the opposition isn’t taking a break, and neither can we. If we want reform that reflects the values of our sacred teachings, then our voices need to be heard. I urge you to make a commitment today to take at least one action a week to help make comprehensive and compassionate reform a reality.
You can start with this week’s conference call with President Obama. Please set aside 40 minutes to join tens of thousands of people of faith who share your concern. We’re excited that President Barack Obama and numerous faith leaders have accepted invitations to join us. The call will be Wednesday, August 19, at 5:00 pm eastern. Even if you think you’ve heard it all, join us in solidarity, to show the rest of the country that people of faith DO care, and that we won’t give up! Please RSVP to help facilitate planning and to guarantee your place on the call. In addition, circulate the information broadly via email, FaceBook, Twitter, fliers and word of mouth to get the word out. Visit the Faithful Reform in Health Care website for more information and to RSVP.
And then… begin thinking about your next action:
* A letter-writing party in your home or in your community of faith.
* A visit to the district offices of your members of Congress or participation in a Town Hall meeting.
* A Candlelight Vigil or Prayer Service in your community or congregation. ToolKit
* A Health Care Sabbath during the weekend of August 28-30.
* A phone call campaign using our toll-free number 1-888-797-8717. Flier and talking points
Voices of faith are needed now more than ever!