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Healthcare Reform Vigil Wednesday Night in Mount Vernon

September 1, 2009

If the health-care town hall meetings aren’t to your liking, if you’d prefer to avoid the hyperbole and rhetoric about how evil health-care reform is, or if you’d just like to do your part to show your support for the administration’s attempt to get health-care reform moving, is sponsoring an event on Wednesday, Sept. 2, that might be of interest to you., the national “civic action” organization that says it’s dedicated to “bringing real people back into the democratic process by making sure legislators hear their voices,” is encouraging local members to host candlelight vigils/rallies across the nation on Sept. 2 in support of health-care reform.

So far, there are 354 events (and counting) scheduled to take place around the country that have adopted’s mantra “We Can’t Afford to Wait.” In Baltimore, there’s a vigil scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square.

Organizers say they’ll be holding the vigil in remembrance of those who are sick and suffering without health care and those who have died without access to affordable health care. Speakers at the Baltimore event will include Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Healthcare for All Consortium, Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (D, 4th District), and Bishop Douglas Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church.

Want more info? Visit’s We Can’t Afford to Wait event page. Or just call Thomas Cannady, regional coordinator for MoveOn.Org, at (240) 770-5670. You can also e-mail him at

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