Better health begins when every citizen has a voice in the public policy decisions that affect their wellbeing.
Civic Health Month: a project of Vot-ER
Civic Health Month aims to make voting and civic participation accessible to all–particularly those underserved by the healthcare system in the United States. Civic Health Month is a nationwide celebration held each August to showcase the strengthening relationship between health care, healthy communities, and civic participation.
Vot-ER is an organization committed to the vision of healthy communities powered by an inclusive democracy. They help clinics, hospitals, and healthcare professionals to support their colleagues and patients with voter registration and requesting their mail-in ballots. They also build coalitions of healthcare and democracy organizations through Civic Health Month.
Learn more about how to get involved in Civic Health Month here. Vot-ER would also love for you to sign up to get a free healthy democracy kit here to help get patients, colleagues, and staff registered to vote!
Covid-19 continues to rage across the world. We have less than 10% of the vaccines we need globally to end the pandemic.
President Biden and other world leaders have only taken modest steps to address this global crisis, and it’s going to take our collective power to make Biden and global leaders act urgently to stop prolonging the pandemic.
Join the movement to end the global pandemic on July 14 at 10 am EDT at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza E. 47th Street (between 1 Ave. and 2 Ave.).
World leaders are dragging their feet and shielding pharmaceutical corporation profits, while Covid death tolls continue to climb around the world. People in the United States face the uncertainty of returning to in-person routines while the people we care about around the world continue to navigate the devastation of the pandemic.
In order to end the pandemic anywhere, we must end the pandemic everywhere.
Cosponsored by Health GAP, Center For Popular Democracy, SEIU CIR, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Religions for Peace, Metro NY Health Care For All, Right to Health Action, Justice is Global, People’s Action
The devastation in India could have been avoided had the TRIPS waiver been passed already. We will continue to see destruction and loss of life on a global scale if we do not make it clear to the Biden Administration that they need to support the TRIPS waiver.
Many Representatives throughout the country have come out in support of the TRIPS Waiver. We need Representatives Nanette Barragán and Linda Sanchez to sign on to an important letter circulating among House Democrats in support of the TRIPS waiver. They need to hear that people all over the country want them to support the TRIPS waiver.
Please call both their DC offices and in district offices Monday, May 3, and follow the script below.
Rep. Nanette Barragán
DC Office: 202-225-8220
District Office: 310-831-1799
Rep. Linda Sanchez
DC Office: 202-225-6676
District Office: 562-860-5050
Leave a voice message if no one picks up
Hi, my name is <NAME>,
I’m calling to urge Representative <CONGRESSPERSON> to sign onto the Schakowsky, Blumenauer and DeLauro letter in support of the TRIPS Waiver.
This waiver is critical in the global fight against the pandemic, and it is important that your boss signs this letter today.
<You will likely be asked for your name and contact information>
April is turning out to be a BIG month for taking action and putting pressure on big pharma and governments (especially rich country governments) in our call for a People’s Vaccine!
What’s happening in April?
Pharma shareholder meetings and more meetings of the World Trade Organization’s TRIPS Council to discuss waiver of COVID-19 vaccine monopolies give us an opportunity to ramp up pressure:
April 22 – Informal WTO TRIPS Council meeting
April 22 – J&J and Pfizer annual shareholder meetings
April 30 – Formal WTO TRIPS Council meeting
April 30 – AstraZeneca virtual shareholder event including Q&A w/CEO
May 5-6 – WTO General Council meeting
May 11 – AstraZeneca annual general meeting (closed-door)
What actions are being planned?
Actions on the ground
People’s Vaccine Alliance partners are organizing actions at pharma headquarters and other key locations. Sign up to stay up to date as plans come together. You can contact Emily Sanderson with any questions about US actions or if you want to organize an action where you are.
April 21 – April 30 (and beyond) – Jonas Salk Around the World Bring Jonas Salk and his scientific and philosophical spirit to as many places as possible to remind people of a role model who prioritized people’s well-being over profit.
April 21 – “Ask a CEO” Twitterstorm As shareholder meetings approach, we ask the CEOs of Big Pharma whether they will commit to (or why not?) sharing the science, tech and know how around their vaccines, to ensure everyone, everywhere can be vaccinated. Use the tool below to join the twitterstorm and check out #AskTheCEO on Twitter.
April 29 – Mobilising support for patent law reform locally and internationally An online discussion on overcoming barriers to medicines, vaccines, and medical tools for cancer, diabetes, HIV and TB, as well as COVID-19. This is even more important as the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS Council meets on 30 April to discuss the proposal to waive patents at the WTO by South Africa and India.
OUR BEST CHANCE OF ENDING THIS PANDEMIC is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to Covid-19 vaccines. But pharmaceutical monopolies are restricting supply and rich governments have hoarded doses, leaving countries in the global south waiting up to 2023 for widespread vaccination. This will lead to even more unnecessary loss of lives and allow the virus to spread and mutate, which will threaten everyone. No one is safe until everyone is safe.
On March 10, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 a pandemic by the World Health Organization, we will rally online to call out the injustice of vaccine apartheid and get inspired for action on March 11!
Join us online at 9:30am ET AND at 9:30pm ET.
**The rally is free, but please register to receive info on how to join.
This is a People’s Vaccine Alliance event supported by Global Justice Now, UNAIDS, Club de Madrid, Frontline AIDS, ActionAid International, STOPAIDS, Public Services International (PSI), African Alliance, Vaccine Advocacy Resource Group, Oxfam America, European Citizens’ Initiative Right to Cure, Just Treatment, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and Students for Global Health.
On March 11, one year since the WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic, we are mobilizing people from around the world to raise a public outcry at this injustice. Check here for actions near you and online.
Write to your member of Congress In the US, ask your member of Congress to join a letter from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) urging the Biden administration to support a waiver of COVID-19 patent monopolies. Send your letter
People’s Vaccine action tools! Print a poster, tweet your representative…you can use one of these tools to demand vaccine equity wherever you are. Join the action
On social media, use a mask filter to tell your friends why you support a Peoples Vaccine! FacebookInstagram
On the ground
Join an action if you’re near one of these cities!
Our best chance of ending this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to Covid-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. But pharmaceutical monopolies are restricting supply, leaving countries in the global south waiting up to 2023 for widespread vaccination. This will lead to even more unnecessary loss of lives and allow the virus to spread and mutate, which will threaten everyone as no one is safe until everyone is safe.
We cannot stay silent in the face of vaccine apartheid.
On 11 March, one year since the WHO declared a COVID-19 pandemic, we are mobilising people from around the world to raise a public outcry at this injustice.
On March 11 we will be demanding that:
Pharmaceutical companies openly share their technological know-how to make their vaccines. They can do this through joining the World Health Organsiation Covid-19 Technology and Access Pool (C-TAP).
Governments suspend patent rules at the World Trade Organisation on Covid19 vaccines and health technologies during the pandemic.
This will help break Big Pharma monopolies and increase supplies so there are enough doses for everyone, everywhere.
Join in the Global Day of Action to ramp up the pressure for a #PeoplesVaccine, not a profit vaccine.
On December 4th and 9th, 2020, several organizations are collaborating to host the event: Vaccine Allocation and Social Justice. Open to all, the purpose of the event is to share concrete steps on how to improve the chances of equitable vaccine allocation. The event will include multiple sessions which different focuses, including challenges in distribution, legal ways of allocating vaccines equitably, and implementing equity.
“A particular focus is on ensuring that the needs of vulnerable groups whose communities often experienced—and experience—structural racism and other forms of systemic injustice are central, rather than, as too often in the past, peripheral.”
The participating hosts include Ariadne Labs, Boston College, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the International Society for Priorities in Health, MIT Economics, the O’Neill Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania.
More information and registration for this virtual event can be found here.
What do you get when you put lab coats with a message, 70’s fashion, and brightly-colored formal attire in a room with activists pushing for a People’s Vaccine? A Funk Rally!
Save The Date: October 21st
On October 21st, join us and our allies in Washington D.C. for our first Funk Rally for a COVID-19 Vaccine. The rally will start around 12:30pm EST at 100 Maryland Avenue SW, and end around 4:30pm EST across from the African American History Museum. Join us for a short march to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to demand that all people have access to a tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccine. See more information in the flyer above.
The event will begin with a Moment of Silence and Opening Procession to honor the lives lost to COVID-19 this year. The event will also include a Funk Rally down Independence Avenue. Our goal is to build momentum. We will end with closing remarks at the Washington Monument and a Global Dance Circle! We are rallying to celebrate life and encourage our institutions to do better and provide a People’s Vaccine. Think bright colors — come in your semi-formal, disco, or the fanciest party attire that you can find.
Last but not least — bring your dancing skills, your friends and family, and your masks!