This Sunday, July 12, a group of Quad Citians will be collecting handprints for, and displaying the progress of, the "Lend a Hand for Health Care Project." This local grassroots project highlights the expanding health care crisis and how it affects American lives. Each year some 22,000 people in America between the ages of 25 and 65 die, due to a lack of health insurance. These victims of a broken system delayed seeking medical care because they could not afford the medications or treatment they needed.
The "Lend a Hand for Health Care Project" was started in 2005 as a way to engage our communi ty and elected officials in a discussion about comprehensive health care reform. Each participant places a painted handprint on our canvass to symbolize one American who has died because he or she didn't have coverage. To date, over 6,800 people have participated, including President Barack Obama, Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Dick Durbin, and Dr. Howard Dean.
The project will be on display, and handprints will be collected, at the Augustana College Pepsico Center in Rock Island. The event will go from 1:00 - 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 12. At 3:00 p.m. there will be a brief program about the handprint project and updated information on the health care proposals being discussed in Washington, DC this year. We will also discuss ways we can make our voices heard now in support of real health care reform.
What: "Lend a Hand for Health Care Project" event
When: 1:00 - 5:00 pm Sunday July 12th (with program at 3:00)
Where: The Augustana College Pepsico Center, 30th St. and 11th Ave. in Rock Island
Who: Progressive Action for the Common Good, Change That Works, Campaign for Better Health Care