During our July 2020 meeting, Healthy California Now was honored to welcome Professor Adolph Reed, Jr. and Dr. Victoria Dooley for a discussion on racial disparities in healthcare, how and why a single-payer, Medicare for All type system would address these issues, and their thoughts on organizing within various settings and communities.

Dr. Reed is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Univ. of Pennsylvania, an advisor to the South Carolina AFL-CIO, and organizes with the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute’s Medicare for All project in South Carolina. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic, and has been a frequent contributor to The Progressive and The Nation.

Dr. Dooley is a private practice physician in Family Medicine, has done policy work in particular on Black maternal health, is a public speaker, TV personality, published writer, and was a Bernie 2020 national surrogate.

This discussion was arranged and moderated by Michael Lighty, a Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, a spokesperson for DSA’s Medicare for All campaign, the Healthcare Constituency Director for Bernie 2020, and a leader within Healthy California Now.