Friday, April 21, 2017

Organizing for Action

It hasn't even been a month since congressional leaders withdrew their "best" effort to repeal Obamacare. They presented a plan that would have raised premiums, given massive tax cuts to the wealthy, and taken health care away from 24 million Americans -- but an onslaught of grassroots opposition led them to cancel the vote.

Now, they've taken that bill -- which received a whopping 17 percent approval -- and somehow made it worse.

Obamacare opponents are meeting in secret to finalize a new plan -- one that, in the words of the Washington Post, is "even crueler than the last one." They're working on something called the MacArthur Amendment, and it would keep all of the same dangerous ideas the American people rejected the first time around: gutting coverage, slashing Medicaid, and raising health care costs for families.

But now, there's a new twist. It would allow states to opt out of critical provisions embedded in Obamacare, leaving anyone with a pre-existing condition -- otherwise known as millions of Americans -- at the mercy of big insurance companies, while their premiums spike as much as 3,500 percent.

Congress returns to Washington next week, and they're threatening to jam this bill through right away. We need to stand up -- right now -- and say loudly: This isn't an option.

This is the clearest sign yet that the administration and congressional leaders aren't interested in listening to the people they represent. They're trying to score political points, meeting behind closed doors in a desperate attempt to have anything to show for their first 100 days -- even if it comes at our expense.

Here's what they need to understand: Obamacare is more popular than it's ever been, and it's been helping millions of Americans get the quality, affordable care they deserve. It's up to all of us to raise our voices again and keep fighting against another cruel attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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New York City Latin America History Workshop: “Loving Los Spurs: A History of Basketball Fandom in Greater Mexico”
April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Please join the New York City Latin American History Workshop (NYCLAHW) in a lecture, entitled “Loving Los Spurs: A History of Basketball Fandom in Greater Mexico” with Frank Guridy of Columbia University.
***Seminars run from 11 am to 12:30 on Fridays and are followed by lunch.
Please note that this year’s spring meetings will take place at The New School (Location TBA).
For inquiries and comments, as well as to receive updates and draft papers in advance, please contact Emmanuel A. Pardo,
Sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Stony Brook University; History Department & Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University; CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in History; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University; Committee on Historical Studies & The New School for Social Research.


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Borders, Borderlands, and Border Thinking in Latin America

April 22 @ 10:00 am

Stonny Brook University and Columbia University are pleased to announce the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference titled:
Keynote Speaker:
Cynthia Radding, UNC Chapel Hill

For more information, please contact: or

Sponsors: Stony Brook University Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.


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Cuba-US Relations: Normalization and Its Challenges
April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Cuba Studies Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies present the book launch of  Cuba-US Relations: Normalization and Its Challenges. 


Dr. Margaret E. Crahan, Director, Cuba Program, ILAS, Columbia University

The Honorable Mike Kopetski, former Congressman from Oregon

Dr. John H. Coatsworth, Provost, Professor of History and of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Dr. Philip Brenner, Professor of International Relations, American University    

Special Commentator: Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations.

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April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

The Forum on Migration and the Institute of Latin American Studies invite you to its next seminar titled Haitian Migrants in Cuba, or the Workings of US Empire in the Caribbean with Matthew Casey, the Nina Bell Suggs Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi
Matthew Casey will present from his new book Empire’s Guest Workers: Haitian Migrants in Cuba during the Age of US Occupation, which uses the on-the-ground experiences of Haitian migrants in Cuba to understand how the daily actions of seemingly powerless individuals shaped larger processes of US imperialism, economic penetration, race-making and shifts in global migration policies.

Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway (at W. 117 St. crosswalk)
NY, 10027

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