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For Immediate Release

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Tim Carpenter, National Director:, (413)-320-2015

Massachusetts Forum on Healthcare to Feature Rep. Conyers

Economist, Healthcare Activists Also on Tap; John Nichols of Nation Magazine Will Moderate


Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), author of HR 676
The U.S. National Healthcare Act, will be the featured speaker at
"Turning Hope Into Action," a community forum on healthcare and the
economy on Friday, March 20 at the Northampton High School auditorium,
320 Elm St. The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free to
the public.

Also participating in the
event will be Robert Pollin, professor of economics at the University
of Massachusetts and co-director of the Political Economy Research
Institute, Jackie Wolf, Ph.D., co-chair of MassCare, and Donna Smith,
national co-chair of the Healthcare NOT Warfare Campaign. The forum
will be moderated by John Nichols, political reporter for The Nation
magazine. For more details and to register, click here.

very excited to have Rep. Conyers join us in Western Mass," said Tim
Carpenter, national director of PDA, one of the event's co-sponsors.
"John is way ahead on this issue, but we think it would be good for
those members who only know the Beltway talking points to also get out
and hear what's being talked about in America's towns and cities. The
single-payer healthcare model--embodied in HR 676 and a proven success
in other countries--is gaining broad grassroots support."

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