If you’re anywhere near Albany from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, please consider rallying to keep SUNY Downstate Hospital open. It’s in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building. (That nickname is apt for an event to save health care services, don’t you think?)
Stand with those who will be getting on buses in Brooklyn at 6 a.m. to bring their message to Albany. Many of them have been rallying for months to save the center, which treats thousands of patients each day. Many of them are members of United University Professions, who work there.
Several of Brooklyn’s community groups, including Churches United to Save and Heal, will rally as well. They note that SUNY Downstate Medical Center is their hometown’s fourth-largest employer. The majority of the center’s 8,000 workers live in the borough. They know how the medical center generates more than $1.3 billion yearly for the state’s economy and that every $1 invested returns $12 to the local economy.
Stand with the state AFL-CIO, NYSUT, UUP, PEF, CSEA and others against a state-backed push toward privatizing public hospitals across New York. Public health care is for the public good.
Make sure to leave plenty of time to park at Empire State Plaza and to get through security.