HCAO Benefit Concert Tour Featuring George Mann — Phoenix, OR — Monday April 21, 2014
Southern Oregonians were joined by State Representative Peter Buckley at the Grass Shack in Phoenix Monday evening for some great food, music and a vision for our evolving health care system that will include everyone. No one will be excluded when Oregon moves to a single payer health care system that will focus directing money to health care instead corporate profit. The current fragmented non-system driven by the bottom-line has turned into a national disgrace.
The concert was moved inside because of the cool and changing weather. The thirty five folks attending the concert heard Southern Oregon’s own Pete Herzog who opened the first set. Then headliner George Mann entertained the crowd with stories and song for the second set. The last song of the evening Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” had Herzog and Mann strumming guitars and leading the singalong with a tune we all know and love to sing.
In between the great music there was a twenty minute long educational program where attendees learned more about Health Care for All Oregon. Mark Kellenbeck who is chair of HCAO-Rogue Valley and a leader with the Main Street Alliance of Oregon spoke about the many opportunities to join the movement we are building. Representative Peter Buckley reminded concert goers of what happened in 2002 and how big tobacco money bought Oregon’s election for SP Health Care then and how it will take our longterm strategic grassroots campaign as the pathway for future victory.
Between musical acts the HCAO Rogue Valley Citizens Choir (audience attendees) performed a lively rendition of CLEAN UP THE MESS which is a health care parody sung to the tune “if You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands”, words Judith Edelstein (see song below). After the singalong Deb Herzog presented a moving pitch for donations and concert goers stepped up. After expenses the fundraiser netted $269.15 which will be split between HCAO and the local Rogue Valley Chapter of HCAO.
Report submitted by Wes Brain