By Josh Stanfield of Activate Virginia
For the past several weeks, a petition has been circulating throughout state delegations to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Originating from the Nevada Sanders National Delegates, the statement ends in a pledge: “to vote against any 2020 Platform that does not include a universal, single-payer, Medicare-For-All platform plank.”
Since the 2020 Democratic Party Platform – in the middle of a global pandemic – failed to satisfy this condition, well over 800 National Delegates are voting “No” on the Platform starting 3pm ET today.
The following Virginia National Delegates signed the statement, the language of which you can find below:
Chauncey Lee (CD1), Shelley Pineo-Jensen (CD1), Josh Stanfield (CD2), Kimberly Tucker (CD3), Jonathan Kelly (CD3), Rashad Pearson (CD4), Chelsea Higgs Wise (CD4), Leila Choudhury (CD5), Joshua Palmer (CD5), Christopher Fury (CD6), Alexa Leister-Frazier (CD6), Amy Dean (CD 7), Thomas Crews (CD 7), Iris Chadab (CD8), Andrew Parr (CD8), Tanner Stroupe (CD9), Zeina Hutchison (CD10), Sandra J. Klassen (CD11), Ibraheem Samirah (At Large), Amber Beichler (At Large), Jessica Sun (At Large), Aaraj Vij (At Large), Marwa Eltaib (At Large), Abrar Omeish (PLEO), Diego Jauregui (Alternate).
Delegate Pledge Supporting Medicare for All
Whereas, this Country is currently in the throes of a catastrophic public health crisis; and
Whereas, this emergency has led to massive job losses due to the Country’s response to that crisis; and
Whereas, millions of Americans have lost their healthcare insurance because of those job losses at a time when healthcare is needed most; and
Whereas, this crisis has highlighted the need to separate healthcare from employment; and
Whereas, we believe that healthcare is a basic human right, not a luxury; and
Whereas, our current, for-profit health care system is inherently racist and discriminatory; and
Whereas, the majority of Americans now believe that a universal, single-payer, Medicare-For-All system is the best way to achieve equitable, affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans; and
Whereas, the Democratic Party and their Platform Committee process has failed, to date, to incorporate a clear and progressive platform plank for Medicare-For-All for adoption by the 2020 National Convention; therefore
Be it resolved that we, the undersigned delegates to the Democratic National Convention, pledge to vote against any 2020 Platform that does not include a universal, single-payer, Medicare-For-All platform plank.