HCII members joined over a dozen organizations to protest Governor Rauner and the IL GOP at a fundraiser in Rosemont last night. We told Rauner to do his job and stand up against the GOP healthcare bill.
We were thrilled to work with such a great group of coalition partners to help pull off this event. Organization that participated included: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Federation of Labor, Citizen Action Illinois, Friends Who March, Illinois State AFL – CIO, Illinois Working Together, Indivisible 123GO, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, SEIU Local 73, & UFCW Local 881.
See the press coverage below.
Also, Rachel Maddow’s retweeted Indivisible Chicago’s picture at the protest.
NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ – Ward Room Blog – Mary Ann Ahern – June 19, 2017
“Some people will die as a result of [GOP] cutting Medicaid & Governor Rauner not doing his job and passing a budget,” [home healthcare nurse and HCII member] Cynthia Sylvia told Mary Ann Ahern.
Capitol Fax.com – June 19, 2017
* SEIU Healthcare…
While the healthcare and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Illinois citizens remain at great risk due to Republican policies, Governor Rauner and the entire Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation will gather for a fundraiser in Rosemont dubbed “Cocktails with the Congressmen.”
Illinois already is in a state of crisis after more than 700 days without a budget, but the American Health Care Act (AHCA) threatens to take the chaos to a new level, chiefly via a $40 billion cut in federal support to Illinois via Medicaid…
WBBM-AM (Radio) – June 20, 2017
Governor Rauner was billed as a special guest at last evening cocktails with the congressman Republican party fundraiser Rosemont, but it turns out he was a no-show. Rauner planned on being, that is until busloads of protesters unhappy with his position on the Affordable Car Act assembled outside of the event…
Daily Herald – Kerry Lester – June 19, 2017
“This is another abdication of leadership,” said Julie Sampson, political director of Citizen Action Illinois, which, along with Planned Parenthood, Indivisible Chicago and other groups, brought busloads of protesters to the restaurant. “Health care for a lot of people is at stake in this fight, and the governor has said very little about how he would want the bill to change, what he plans to do if the feds cap and cut Medicaid.”
Protesters lined up along Higgins Road, shouting, “Show me what Democracy looks like!” “Wreck it, Rauner” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Peter Roskam’s got to go!” Signs included “Republicans — unsell your soul” as well as a “Flat Bruce” cutout of Rauner designed to poke fun at the governor’s absence.
Reid McCollum of Hindsale — co-chairman of the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, a group working to defeat Roskam — called the congressman’s recent low profile on hot-button issues, including health care reform, “not democratic.”
“While wealthy contributors can gain access to Rep. Roskam at closed events, his constituents have been unable to meet with him in an open forum for more than eight years,” said Reid McCollum, co-chair of the coalition. “We will remind Roskam and his colleagues that we expect our elected officials to represent their constituents rather than corporate donors, and that we will not stand for their indifference to constituents’ need for affordable health care.”
WBBM-CHI (CBS) – June 19, 2017
>>Illinois‘ seven congressmen all at a fundraiser in rosemont. They all voted in favor of the gop health care bill to protest obamacare.
ABC 7 WLS-TV – June 19, 2017
New at 10, protesters , this protest at a GOP protest the Governor was slated to attend. These protesters calling on Roskam to hold open town hall meetings.
Politico – June 20, 2017
— “After protesters gather, Rauner skips Republican fundraiser,” by Daily Herald’s Kerry Lester: “Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday pulled
We recently lost a leader in our union from downstate Illinois who will be greatly missed. Amy Zimblemann was a champion for home care workers and seniors, stepping up to get involved no matter what the challenge.
Whenever our union met with Alton area state lawmakers to defend Home Care workers, Amy Zimblemann was there. When it was time to go to Springfield for a lobby day, Amy was on the bus. And Amy was always at the table for union campaign meetings.
Amy passed away suddenly on June 4, 2017, at the age of 34. She had worked for Help at Home Wood River about 9 years.
In early 2017, Amy was recognized at the Metro East Appreciation Dinner for her leadership and dedication to the union. We last saw her recently in Springfield where she participated in Labor Management Committee meetings with her employer.
As we move forward in the many fights we face to protect our home care programs, we can take comfort in knowing that Amy will have our backs and strengthen our resolve to do our best. Your union family will miss you, Amy.
Sherry Golden is a veteran home care worker currently employed through Addus and residing in St. Louis, MO. Sherry has devoted 14 years to providing high quality care for seniors in the region and says this work is truly her passion.
Mrs. Golden started off caring for her ailing grandmother. When her grandmother passed, she knew she wanted to find a way to continue to give back to the elderly who were struggling to maintain their independence at home.
“Many of the seniors I serve don’t have anyone else around to help them. They end up becoming part of your family and you grow very attached,” explained Mrs. Golden. “Home care is so important, no senior should be forced into a nursing home if they don’t need to be there.”
Sherry fondly recalls how she first got involved in SEIU.
“Our shop steward, Val Gordon, would always call me up to try and get me out to meetings and actions, but I just never made time. Finally, one day she called and I explained I didn’t have a ride to go to the event. Val immediately offered to pick me up and I knew I was out of excuses at that point!”
“The first meeting I attended had a deep impact on me – I just remember feeling like SEIU was a family and that I wanted to be part of it. The rest is history! Now, I’m the one calling people up offering them rides to things!”
Sherry has developed into a member leader who wears many hats. She’s played a leadership role in the local Fight for $15 movement—testifying, speaking out in the media, and spreading the word to more local workers. But she says one of her favorite union activities is getting out in the neighborhoods and canvassing about the upcoming elections and important political issues.
“I love going out and knocking doors because you meet so many different people. I know I educate the people I encounter and usually I even learn from them, it’s a really great feeling. Talking to fellow voters about what’s at stake is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
Sherry Golden is not only a union leader and home care worker, she’s also a wife and mother of two sons ages 22 and 14.
“I am a very family-oriented person and my two sons continue to make me proud each and every day.”
Sherry’s message to members who have yet to get involved is this: “I understand because that was me too. But I can tell you firsthand that you will not find a more rewarding experience than standing up for your rights and the rights of others. There is power in knowledge that no one can take away from you. As workers, we are the union and it’s up to us to build an even more powerful voice.”