[Pophealth] Minutes of yesterday's meeting, next meeting
September 23, 2009, 5:30 pm
jmao at u.washington.edu
Wed Jul 22 16:09:12 PDT 2009
I wanted to clarify as to what the International Socialist Organization is
in regards to action at the political level, as economic and social factors
have indeed played a large role in dictating poor health outcomes in the
United States whether it be during early life, or throughout the life
Apparently we're the largest socialist party on the left in the US, with
over 1000 dedicated members. We're a political party in the sense that we're
actively working to form bonds with the community and that includes unions,
LGBTQ activists, and anyone who is interested in what we are building for.
However, we aren't seeking to overthrow the government ourselves, but are
actively working to provide leadership, so that when the time does come when
500,000 go on strike (like during the general strikes of the 1930s), people
will have a party that will still stay true to the interests of the working
majority. People found leadership back then, but found it in the Communist
Party, however the CP ended up compromising their principles to the point
where the party fell apart once the US allied with Stalin, who then allied
with Hitler, who then eventually attacked the USSR.
There's more to it than that, but the point is that uprisings and movements
have happened throughout recorded history, and we are here to learn from
past mistakes and circumstances. The economy is only going to get worse, as
the bank bailout and stimulus have only staunched the wound, where hundreds
of thousands are going to continue to be laid off. We tried government
appropriation of the economic sector before in Keynesianism, and it will
only work for so long where we are going to keep on pouring trillions into
the economic system for years to come from now, instead of doing what is
needed to ensure healthier outcomes.
Info on the International Socialist Organization can be found here:
Our newspaper is: http://socialistworker.org/
Our magazine is: http://www.isreview.org/
The Seattle/UW branch meets on Wednesdays at 7pm. We are meeting tonight.
Let me know if anyone wants to meet up and talk about it more with me
sometime. It's a lot easier to talk in person than online. Best.
On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 3:35 PM, Stephen Bezruchka
<sabez at u.washington.edu>wrote:
> Present: Johnny, Tim, Jon and STephen
> We discussed various ways of viral marketing of population health ideas by
> considering successful examples which were mostly about products and not
> Next meeting Wednesday September 23, at 5:30 ion H 670
> Consider this link to video of Spirit Level ideas
> The ideas are gaining much attention and publicity in Europe. There will
> be a book launch in the US early next year.
> Population Health Forum's mailing listPHF website:
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