“The trial of the seven Alabamians arrested for singing and praying in the State Capitol as an act of faith in support of health care and Medicaid expansion will take place this Monday, October 6, 2014.” Press Release by Saving OurSelves Movement for Justice & Democracy; For More Info Contact: AL State Sen Hank Sanders, Coop Developer John Zippert

5 Oct

 

‘State Capitol Seven’ at their release from the Montgomery County jail at midnight on Thursday. L to  R: Alecha Irby, John Zippert, Faya Rose Toure, Rev. Fred Hammond,  Annie Pearl Avery, Rev. Kenneth Glasgow and Gus Townes. ( “State Capitol Seven’ arrested for trespassing after demonstration to urge Governor to approve Medicaid expansion” by John Zippert: http://greenecountydemocrat.com/)

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[Cut & pasted below is: Press Release by S.O.S. – Save OurSelves Movement for Justice & Democracy; For More Info Contact: Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders, Coop Developer John Zippert]

S.O.S. – Save OurSelves Movement for Justice & Democracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: John Zippert (205) 657-0273

Friday, October 3, 2014 Hank Sanders (334) 782-1651

Trial of the Faithful Seven/State Capitol Seven –

MONDAY, October 6th at 8:00 a.m. at Montgomery County Courthouse

The trial of the seven Alabamians arrested for singing and praying in the State Capitol as an act of faith in support of health care and Medicaid expansion will take place this Monday, October 6, 2014. The trial is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. in Courtroom 2C of the Montgomery County Courthouse at 101 South Lawrence Street.

The seven citizens arrested on August 28, 2014, for peacefully protesting by attempting to hold 24-hour, non-violent vigil in the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery include:

  • John Zippert, Newspaper Publisher and member of the Greene County Hospital and Nursing Home Board
  • Augustus (Gus) Townes, retired State Employee and Community Leader
  • Faya Rose Toure’, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist
  • Alecha Irby, College Student and Community Worker
  • Reverend Fred Hammond, Tuscaloosa Pastor and Community Leader
  • Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, Dothan Pastor and Director of The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS)
  • Annie Pearl Avery, Longtime Grassroots Warrior

The purpose of their moral stand is to persuade Gov. Robert Bentley to extend Medicaid coverage. The seven pled not guilty by written notice to the Montgomery District Court.

Rev. Fred Hammond said, “This is a moral issue of life and death. Medical studies show that up to 700 Alabamians will die each year because they lack this basic health coverage. The federal government funds 100 percent of this coverage for the first three years (2014 -2016), and from 2020 onward federal dollars will fund 90 percent of this lifesaving coverage. By rejecting the funding that a majority of states have accepted, the Governor will be sacrificing lives of people he was elected to serve.”

John Zippert added, “A disproportionate number of people will die in rural Alabama because of Gov. Bentley’s failure to extend Medicaid. His deadly decision places grave financial pressures on hospitals in the state, particularly smaller rural hospitals. Not expanding Medicaid is bad for Alabama hospitals and communities and is literally a matter of life and death for some Alabamians.”

Faya Rose Toure’ said, “On the average at least one person dies every day as a direct result of not expanding Medicaid. That is morally wrong and is unacceptable.”

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