Health Care · Marches and Protests

Join Bernie Sanders’s Rally to Save Health Care, and Tell Your Local Paper to Cover It

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is holding pro-health care rallies across the country on Sunday, January 15.

These events will protest the Republicans’ plans to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), defund Planned Parenthood, and enact cuts to Medicaid.

The link below lists all the rallies planned to date:

If you don’t see an event scheduled near you, keep checking the link. Sanders staffers are adding more as they are finalized.

The link also features buttons you can use to spread the word about the rallies on Facebook and Twitter, as well as graphics that you can download and share.

If you can’t go, and even if you can, please ask your local newspaper to send someone to cover the rally. Do this even if you think your paper stinks. If enough local people ask it to cover a news event, it will send a reporter.

You will want to make your request to a specific person at the paper. Find your local newspaper’s web site and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the ‘Masthead’ or ‘Contact Us’ section. It should give you a list of names and contacts for editors and reporters, as well as their email addresses and social media accounts.

Scan the list for someone who seems most likely to help. Look for titles such as: “Managing Editor, Days” or “General Assignment Reporter.”

Email or tweet your coverage request to that specific person. Keep it brief.

Sample script:  “Please cover Bernie Sanders’s pro-health care rally on Sunday, January 15 at 1 pm at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey will appear, as will many other notable people. I will check the Sunday paper in hopes of seeing a story.”

If you belong to a local group that will attend or speak at the rally, let the reporter know, and give contact info for the group–its web site, social media accounts, and the name of the group’s head. Covering a local group gives the reporter a local angle to pursue.

And if you don’t subscribe to your local paper, start. The death of print has been greatly exaggerated. Newspapers matter, and they want to give their readers what they want. Show your paper that you want it to cover anti-Trump protests.