Organizer Boot Camp: How to Build a Base and Move Into Action This intensive, three-month training moves through the core organizing concepts of power, self-interest, and one-to-one relational meetings, and teaches you how to make propositions, hold effective meetings and create a powerful team. Materials and sessions are in English and Spanish.

People’s Action is releasing this statement on behalf of our member organization Tennessee Citizen Action.

Today, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) during its hearing “Stabilizing Premiums and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018.”

Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action issued the following statement:

“Gov. Haslam knows how important the Affordable Care Act is to the 300,000 Tennesseans who finally have health care and need the ACA strengthened, not sabotaged.

“Now Tennessee should cover 200,000 people more by finally expanding Medicaid. As Gov. Haslam suggested, our rural hospitals need that expansion, too. We also applaud Gov. Haslam for supporting Medicare negotiating lower prices with drug corporations.

“The bottom line is that everybody in Tennessee should have good health care they can afford, without discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, higher premiums or deductibles, caps on coverage, loss of essential health benefits, or watering down of coverage, including Medicaid.”

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Over five decades, People’s Action Institute and our affiliates have fought for reforms that recognize poor and working people’s dignity and make material and political improvements to millions of lives. Our victories include the Community Reinvestment Act, Superfund, the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and the MAT Act.

We engage in issue campaigns, public education and training to advance a long-term agenda for racial, economic and gender justice. Our focus now is on deepening community organizing so we can build lasting power across the country. 

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