The morning after key elements of the Affordable Care Act were struck down in a Federal Court in Texas, the Bloomington-Normal Democratic Socialists of America doubled-down on the chapter’s Medicare for All organizing efforts. While tabling, our members had more than 20 unique conversations leading to support for M4A throughout the day, and despite some setbacks from traditional detractors in our community, our M4A working group and DSA member-organizers pulled out all the stops to bring the message of healthcare being a human right to the working class of McLean County, IL.
Leading up to that morning, the Bloomington-Normal DSA had been granted permission to participate (host an Operation tournament) in the annual Trades and Labor Christmas Party for the Un(der)employed Families of McLean County, hosted by McLean County Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomington and Normal Trades and Labor Assembly. However, When our six member-organizers arrived at the local high school to set up our table, the local Chamber of Commerce director - let’s call him “Mr. Commerce” - instructed the event’s lead labor organizer of the event to tell us to leave, citing the DSA’s presence was “inappropriate” for a children's' charity event.
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