AFL-CIO Unity Rally listen08/28/09 Pamela Sullins
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An estimated one hundred people came together on the sidewalks in front of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield offices in South Tampa Thursday evening. Many displayed signs that read â€œinsurance profits are bad for my healthâ€ and â€œhealthcare canâ€™t waitâ€. The event, deemed as a Unity Rally, was sponsored by the West Central Florida Federation of Labor.
Aaron Carmella of the AFL-CIO was one of the rallyâ€™s organizers. He said, â€œMuch of the media has been about protests and town hall meetingsâ€¦.not an opportunity for groups to stand behind the issueâ€¦..We wanted to give our members an opportunity to do thatâ€
George Guthrie shared that his attendance at the rally was not just about his support of health reform: â€œI can lobby my elected officials, I cannot lobby a big insurance company.â€
While there had been information circulating on the internet that Representative Kathy Castor would be attending the rally, organizers stated that while she had been invited, there were had not been formal plans for her to attend.
Jim Donnor, a member of the Tampa 9-12 group, attended the rally hoping to talk with Castor. â€œKathy Castor was supposed to be here,â€¦she cancelledâ€¦.healthcare is not a rightâ€¦.not in my countryâ€
82 year old Charlie Delp hoped to stimulate some thought and discussion by participating in the rally. â€œGood health should be a rightâ€
While there were differing opinions, there was some common ground to be found.
Another rally is planned tomorrow at 2pm in Orlando. Buses will be departing at 9am from Tampa and Pinellas Park for residents who would like to attend. More information can be obtained by calling the program organizer, Jessica Pemble at 813-943-3477.