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Portland Kick Off for the Mad As Hell Doctors Tour

Join us for a send-off party of Mad As Hell doctors - Where the rubber gloves meet the road. Our Oregon doctors are leading a "Care-a-Van" cross country to Washington DC, demanding single-payer healthcare. Meet the doctors and show our support.
Map of the scheduled route
Map of the scheduled route
Tuesday, Sept 8, 10:00 am, Pioneer Courthouse Square

From their website:

This is not a campaign. In campaigns, there are spectators. This is a movement.
Everybody plays.

On September 8, 2009 a group of dedicated Oregon physicians will take the message of Universal Health Care "on the road" in a wrapped and branded Motor Home headed for Washington D.C. Our cross-country mission: to stop in big cities and whistle stops alike, conducting pre-booked, local and national media appearances for a curious press. Every move we make along the way will be recorded on camera and then edited and uploaded to the internet that same day. This will allow our Mad As Hell Doctors Tour to leverage the edited video segments on social networking web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, et al. In this way, our effort becomes an unprecedented hybrid of reality television and political activism that offers people the opportunity to follow us, in real time, as our story unfolds. The message will be unmistakable: caravan with us to Washington and help make a public demonstration of support for Single Payer Health Care that will be heard around the world.

Thousands of cars pulling into the nation's capital for a protest on the White House lawn. The sidewalks are filled with supporters carrying signs in support of the Mad As Hell Doctors who have captured the imagination and the ignited the passion of their fellow citizens. We wave and honk at the camera crews, as do the endless line of cars behind us, as we wend our way toward the White House. On every antenna, on the backside of every car, and flapping like flags from sidewalk supporters, is the symbol of this new movement: the White Ribbon.

When we arrive, we go directly to the White House Lawn and begin passing out ribbons to the multitude of people waiting for the protest to begin. Politicians, celebrities, entertainers and hand selected citizens stand at the microphone one after the other, offering testimonials and expressing outrage at a corrupted health care system that puts profit before people. Our message to the President and Congress is clear:

Single Payer is the Solution. We Demand it Now.

We know it's going to take a miracle to make this happen, but we're leaving on September 8, 2009, no matter what - even if we have to skateboard into D.C.! And it is in that same spirit we are asking for your support. It's going to take boldness, courage, commitment, a busload of faith and a lot of resources to rally the American people to the cause of Single Payer. But with hundreds of thousands of voices, all singing in unison, in the same place, at the same, we will not be denied.

Please help us make this movement a reality. It's now or never for Single Payer. We need you to help us construct a miracle.

homepage: homepage: http://www.madashelldoctors.com

that rocks! 06.Sep.2009 11:21


with all the rhetoric from the no-brain neo-right and insurance companies, it's radical to see doctors make this journey. insurance companies would like us to think doctors are against single payer healthcare... or they'd like to pit us against those doctors. watch for a particularly revolting piece from the Regence propaganda mill called... heh, get this: "Resist the System." hah.