Asheville Calls for Health Care Revolution

Leslie Boyd (L) and WRL Asheville member Cicada Brokaw (C) at Health Care Rally

Leslie Boyd (L) and WRL Asheville member Cicada Brokaw (C) at Health Care Rally

Asheville residents packed Pritchard Park Saturday to call for a revolution in health care. The public rally was organized by WNC for Change, a group whose director, Paul Choi, and other members call themselves “Obama Alumni.” It was a spirited late morning gathering with folks from diverse groups united in a strong call for health care for all. UNCA SDS students and Asheville WRL members were present, as well as Progressive Democrats, Buncombe Greens, Veterans for Peace, and local candidates for city council. The Mayor spoke and the chair of the Buncombe County Commission, as well as Dr. Errington Thompson, a trauma surgeon and local progressive radio talk show host. Also speaking was Dick Walton, M.D. he and his wife Sue are long-time WRL members who have been working for justice in these parts for decades. Dick and Sue Walton, longtime WRL members   

By far the most powerful speaker was local reporter and health care advocate Leslie Boyd who spoke with “righteous indignation” about her son’s death due to denial of critical health care. She founded the group Life o’ Mike to commemorate her son and to advocate for health care for all.
Dick & Sue Walton at Health Care Rally
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