“Save our VA” Town hall

    June 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    IBEW 570 Hall
    720 S Tucson Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    • Fightback Against privatization of VA Hospitals
    • Fightback Against Federal Union Busting
    • We Remember in November ! Flip Congress Nov 6th

    Purpose of Town hall: Education ourselves and take action – fight back

    Union busting – what does it mean for America’s workers? Speakers from PALF  (Pima Area Labor Federation) and AFGE (Am Fed. of Government Employees)

    Why We need to Act now to Save our VA – Special guest Suzanne Gordon, author — The Battle for Veteran’s Health Care

    The View from Washington – What actions/bills are in Congress? Special Guest  Rep. Raul Grijalva

    Q & A Session – speaker panel

    Call to Action

    Co-sponsors:  People for Grijalva, Save our VA Action Team, Veterans for Peace, Ch. 13 American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), PALF, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), Jobs with Justice, Organizing for Action (OFA), Mi Familia Vota, Stop VA Privitization, Fix Fund & Fully Staff the VA, others

    Suzanne Gordon is an award winning journalist. She is the author of The Battle for Veterans Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care. Her latest book is Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans.

    Ms. Gordon has written for the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Monthly, American Prospect, and the Journal of the American Medical Association and BMH among others. She is the Senior Policy Fellow at the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute and a recipient of the DAV Special Recognition Award. Suzanne will discuss the impact of VA privatization on veterans health.

    Then, straight from the halls of Congress, Rep. Raul Grijalva will give us an insider’s view of political and business forces that have pushed for VA privatization.

    Lastly, Ryan Mims, Legislative & Political Organizer, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will outline the classic union busting attitudes and strategies at work in the privatization of a public institution.

    Whether this interests you as a veteran, a consumer of healthcare, or a union member or advocate, please join us for a wonderful and educational evening.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with social time and book signing with Suzanne, and the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Bring your friends!

    For more information, contact PALF Office – 520-337-3336″




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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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