How Conyers put the health care plank in the Dem platform
Yet, at the national Platform Drafting Committee meeting in Cleveland at the start of August, the official reception was a bit frosty. When I arrived there early one morning and renewed a longstanding request for a minute or two to make a verbal presentation on behalf of the statement for guaranteed health care, the party's national platform director informed me candidly: "It's not going to happen."
But grassroots organizing continued.
By the time the full Platform Committee met in Pittsburgh on Aug. 9, nearly 500 delegates had signed our statement. And suddenly the logjam broke. Before the end of the day, AP reported that the official platform draft "commits the party to guaranteed health care for all."
And the day when we implement health care as a human right in the United States came a little closer.
Norman Solomon of West Marin is the founder and coordinator of North Bay Healthcare Not Warfare. He is an elected Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Clearly the effort to contact convention delegates was effective.