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‘People Of Color’ Mobilized For Obama-Care

A press release from the National Council of La Raza:


October 5, 2009

Groups Seek to Ensure Voices of People of Color Are Heard as Debate Enters Critical Phase; TV, Print Ads to Run in Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 — The country’s largest African-American and Latino organizations announced on Monday they are joining forces with other major national civil rights and grassroots groups to mobilize the nation’s 100 million people of color for a final push in support of universal health care reform.

The organizations — the NAACP National Voter Fund, the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Campaign for Community Change, the United States Student Association and PowerPAC.org — said they will work together to make certain that the voices of people of color are heard, and heeded, as the health care reform debate enters its final, critical days.

The groups released television and print ads in English and Spanish that will run initially in four states with sizable African-American and Latino populations — Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas. The ads are part of a grassroots effort to ensure that members of Congress appreciate the importance of reform to the people of color they represent.

"If we had enacted real health care reform in the past decade, then we would have saved the lives of 880,000 African-Americans," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, attending the briefing in his role as board member of the NAACP National Voter Fund.

"The members of Congress in these states are out of touch with the voices of their constituents. Real people are going bankrupt, losing their homes and even dying for real health care reform in this country," said Jealous, who also serves as president and chief executive officer of the NAACP.

The latest U.S. Census estimates confirm that there are more than 100 million people of color in the country, 33 percent of the population. In several key states, the percentage of people of color is even greater, approaching 40 percent in Florida and Louisiana. These constituencies comprise the building blocks for a new majority that can reshape the policies and priorities of the country.

A newly released report by the group "Health Care for America Now!" finds that African Americans and Latinos are more likely to go without health care because they cannot afford it, are less than half as likely as whites to have a regular doctor and that people of color have the highest rates of being uninsured.

"The health care debate is an important one for all Americans but absolutely no one has more at stake than communities of color," said Janet Murguía, NCLR’s president and chief executive officer. "We need health care reform that embodies the highest and best values of our nation."

More grassroots activism.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “‘People Of Color’ Mobilized For Obama-Care”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey! I Got Color! Who Says I Ain’t Got Color?! I Want My Color Some Respect!!!

  2. Confucius says:

    Thank God they left us out.

  3. proreason says:

    “Health equity for all”

    Equity means ownership interest.

    In other words, in their opinion, they own us…..because we will be the ones paying their health bills.

    % of Whites in the US – 76%
    % of “people of color” in the SEIU – 40%


  4. sandztorm says:

    From the ad “..Insurance companies that care more about profits, than everyday families..”

    I dont know who that guy is, but I wonder if he works for a company that is not interested in profits? And who does he think works at the insurance companies? Out on a limb here, but I am going to say everday people with families. These people are going to destroy America….

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    When it is all done a mere 25 million will still be uninsured.
    But I thought this was suppose to leave all Americans covered?

    My bad, the “ILLEGALS” must be covered first!

  6. bobdog says:

    What do we want?


    What do we want?


    When do we want it?


    When do we want it?


    Are you fired up?


    Are you ready to go?


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