CWA, Community and Elected Officials Stand Up for Healthcare in Newark

15966113_10210065004398945_3095272294973872794_nOn Sunday, hundreds of protesters rallied in Newark, New Jersey to denounce Republican efforts to eliminate health care for millions of Americans. The rally was one of the numerous rallies staged across the country as a part of a national day of action aimed at resisting efforts to repeal the ACA, defund Planned Parenthood and make cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

CWA alongside HPAE-AFT, ATU, New Jersey Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood NJ and the NJ NAACP were among the strong presence at the demonstration headlined by Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, Congressmembers Frank Pallone, Donald Payne, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires and Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

“This is not hair-splitting about deductibles and max out-of-pocket. This is a declaration of our willingness and intent to put our bodies on the line to protect healthcare for 30 million people,” said CWA NJ Area Director Hetty Rosenstein in a fiery speech to protesters. “Healthcare is life. No healthcare is death.”

WATCH: CWA NJ Area Director Hetty Rosenstein addresses crowd at the “Save Healthcare” rally

Senate Republicans have wasted no time moving to gut healthcare for millions of Americans by voting to defund planned parenthood and voting to repeal portions of the ACA and its protections without ensuring millions of people— including nearly 1 million New Jerseyans— won’t lost coverage. Repealing the Medicaid expansion as part of rolling back the ACA would cause about 528,000 adult New Jerseyans to lose their health coverage according to estimates from New Jersey Policy Perspective.

In January, CWA’s Welfare Council, a coalition of locals that represent members who provide welfare services to low-income residents across New Jersey at county social services offices, launched a campaign to fight a repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion and have made dozens of calls to their members of Congress.

This Wednesday, hundreds more will bring the fight to protect health care to district offices of Republican Congress members by attending candlelight vigils sponsored by NJ Citizen Action. To find a candle light vigil near you, visit:


CWA NJ Area Director with CWA Local 1080 President Martha Iluonokhalumhe and Secretary Djwana Dixon, CWA Local 1040 member Angela Trohanowsky and CWA 1038 Staff Representative Kristen Affrime