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Dear members and readers: received the following email regarding a National Call to Action Day today Tuesday October 30 to support real healthcare reform. The Women of Color United for Health Reform is a very important collaboration of key multicultural women's organizations are asking us all to take action and let our Congressional Representatives and Senators know that we need affordable healthcare now. Our organization, Engage which is focused on educating and activating women and multicultural communities fully supports this effort. Please read below and join us in taking personal responsibility and action today. Then let us know how you felt about it and what else we can do to continue to make our voices heard and demand change at

I just took a few minutes to call Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee who are true advocates of Healthcare reform and the Public Option. They need to hear from us and they need to hear from us now.

Dear Friend,

Last week, Women of Color United for Health Reform – a collaboration by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative – convened a national phone call with two senior White House officials. We heard a lot of facts: that women of color play critical roles both in the U.S. workforce and as health care decision makers, but we are greatly underserved by today’s health care delivery system.

As women of color, we know and live this reality. Now, it’s our turn to make the call.

On October 27, Women of Color United for Health Reform is hosting a National Call-In Day in support of real health reform. Take action and join the call!

1. On October 27, dial 877-264-4226. Many thanks to our friends at Health Care for American NOW! for letting us use this service.

2. Ask the operator to connect you to your Senator or Representative and give the operator your zip code. Once the operator connects you to your Representative/Senator's office, a staffer in the office will answer the call.

3. Say:

My name is _____ ________, and I am calling today to ask you to support health reform.

I work hard, and I deserve a national health care system that works hard for me. As a woman of color, I see first-hand how the current system is failing. More people in my community are likely to be uninsured or under-insured. We also have a higher rate of chronic or pre-existing conditions, and spend a greater percentage of our income on health care than others.

This country should have a health care system that ensures everybody can access affordable, quality, culturally appropriate care over the course of their lifespan.

[If you would like, insert your own story!]

Please pass a health reform bill that will work for all women and families.
Thank you for your time.

4. Repeat. You have two Senators and one Representative representing you in Congress. If you can, call three times to leave this message with all three of your federal elected officials.

Thanks for your support. Mable

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