Media Advisory - Camden Religious leaders say "Stand up for Families not Special Interest"

August 08, 2009

Media Advisory for Tuesday, August 11 at 3:00 PM

 CAMDEN - Clergy and faith leaders from Camden Churches Organized for People, CCOP in Camden will join faith groups around the country in ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive health care reform legislation this year by holding a Prayer Rally this Tuesday, August 11 at 3:00 PM outside the building of Senator Lautenberg's Camden office (One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden Waterfront). 

 With the future of health care reform legislation on the line during the August Congressional recess, CCOP faith leaders are making it clear that religious voters see health reform as a moral issue, and will hold their Members of Congress responsible for how well they look out for the lives of people in Camden and not just special interests.

Other local healthcare providers and non-profits will join CCOP in speaking out in support of health reform, and will present a letter to Senator Lautenberg, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Andrews that ask each to support comprehensive health insurance reform legislation that makes coverage affordable to all families. 

The prayer rally is a part of similar rallies around the country organized by national faith groups, including PICO National Network, Faith in Public Life, Sojourners, and Catholic in Alliance for the Common Good, expected to reach 100 Members of Congress.  In addition to the rallies, the August campaign will also include TV ads, billboards, town hall meetings on health care reform, and the distribution of tens of thousands health care reform guides for people of faith.                                                                                                                                       

WHAT:  Prayer rally to urge Senator Lautenberg, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Andrews to support health care reform legislation 

WHO:    Local clergy, grassroots faith leaders, families, and partners of Camden Churches Organized for People

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 3:00

WHERE: One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden Waterfront.  Leaders plan to meet outside the main entrance 

VISUALS: Local Camden Clergy, Camden Residents, and local Medical Students

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