Thursday, May 7 2009
Rally for Universal Health care, Hillcrest
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 4190 Front St, San Diego, 92103
4190 Front St
San Diego, CA 92103
Matters of Controversy
Real Healthcare Reform in California
California OneCare: the Grassroots Campaign
Thurs. May 7, 2009 7PM
Special Guest: ANDREW McGUIRE
Executive Director, Health Care for All--California
Since 2005, Andrew McGuire has been the Executive Director of Health Care for All-California.
During the past 35 years he has been directly involved in many health policy issues that have faced state and national policymakers.
As the first director of Action Against Burns (Boston, 1973-1975), he successfully lobbied for a flame resistant sleepwear standard (sizes 7-14) in Massachusetts and, in addition, established one of the first in the nation self-help groups for burn survivors. In 1978, as Executive Director of the Trauma Foundation, he began a national campaign for fire-safe cigarettes (cigarettes which will not cause ignition if dropped on bedding or furniture), which has led to mandatory fire-safety standards for cigarettes in 39 states (including KY, NY, CA, TX, and NC), Canada, Australia and, in 2011, the 27 countries of the European Union. He was on the founding board of directors of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) from 1981-1983, and was responsible for securing MADD's initial major funding, and served as national Acting Executive Director.
He organized and served as statewide director of the California Coalition to Reduce Car Crash Injuries, which assisted in passage of the mandatory seatbelt law. In 1990, he served as volunteer Chairperson of the defeated statewide initiative campaign to increase alcohol taxes a "nickel-a-drink" (Prop. 134). He led the statewide campaign in California that successfully banned small-caliber handguns known as Saturday Night Specials. In 1998, he established the first national grassroots gun control organization, the Bell Campaign, which was later renamed the Million=2 0Mom March (MMM). He Chaired the March on the U.S. Capitol Mall, which was attended by over 700,000 people. He directed the MMM until 2001.
He is also a filmmaker. His first documentary film, "Here's Looking At You, Kid" (1980), portrayed the rehabilitation of a seven year-old boy who had suffered a 75 percent full-thickness burn injury. His second documentary film, "Heroic Measures" (1982), examined the ethical questions surrounding the resuscitation of people severely burned. Since then he has produced eight films. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mill Valley Film Festival in the early 1980's.
Andrew has received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Prize Fellowship (1985-1990), Kellogg National Fellowship (1982-1985), and was presented an Emmy Award (1982) after his film, "Here's Looking At You, Kid," was shown as a NOVA on PBS. He has two Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters: conferred at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, and at Sonoma State University. He holds the position of Associate in the Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health and Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Department, Sonoma State University.
Andrew was born in Oakland, California on December 13, 1945. Of most importance, he has been married to his wife Katherine since 1968, and they have two daughters and wonderful sons-in-law, and three granddaughters, Vivienne, Liliya and Abigail.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
4190 Front Street, Hillcrest, San Diego (opposite UCSD Medical Center)
(free parking in Church parking lot)
Sponsor: Peace & Democracy Action Group of the
First Unitarian Universalist Church - for info: 858-459-4650
From Washington St, north on First St, 3 blocks,
left one block, church is on the left, opposite Medical Center