Town Hall with Rep. Barbara Lee
posted February 16, 2017 8:02 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat February 18 at 10:00 AM, International Community School
2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
D-CA 13th District Congresswoman Barbara Lee is holding a Town Hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act. Seating is first-come, first serve. The event is scheduled for 10 am to 11:30 am.
booksnotweapons told me about this event, which I plan to attend. Want to join us? There's a Facebook page for tickets although I don't believe tickets are required. As noted about, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
posted by Bella Donna to Presentation (7 comments total)

Ooh, this looks wonderful! That's less than a mile from my house. I wonder how early I should show up to get a seat.
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 9:17 AM on February 17, 2017

Good question. I have no idea. Consider doing the ticket thing. ErisLordFreedom, since you live nearby, might it be possible to meet up at your place and then walk over together? Not that such is necessary. I'm just thinking out loud about when we should get there. And, also, it would be fun to meet the MeFites I don't know yet.
posted by Bella Donna at 1:44 PM on February 17, 2017


Apologies. I just checked eventbrite for tickets and the event is SOLD OUT. A buddy told me that tickets weren't necessary; I think he's wrong. Those of you who live nearby and want to risk it can give it a try. I live too far away to go through the hassle and get turned away. Again, my apologies.
posted by Bella Donna at 1:52 PM on February 17, 2017

UPDATE: My buddy says it is still first-come, first-served, he got an email about it this morning and he is willing to bet 100 clams that tickets will not be asked for or checked.

So I guess I will be ambling over after all, dammit. Hope to get in, hope you all do as well. I understand that it will be live streamed on Facebook, but that's no help if you actually want to ask a question. I'm going to haul ass and be there by 9:15 because I'm not convinced I can get a seat if I'm later. Naturally, YMMV.
posted by Bella Donna at 2:08 PM on February 17, 2017

agh, wish I could have made it, but obligations at home interfered. how was?
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:38 PM on February 18, 2017

Aw man, I wish I'd known earlier, we would have definitely gone. Hope it went well.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 11:40 PM on February 18, 2017

It was great! The room was rated to hold up to 1100 people, and they closed it shortly after starting time citing having reached max capacity! Thank your local fire marshal.

They collected question cards instead of inviting comment by microphone, which I feel let the congresswoman get away without giving specific answers or solutions a couple times. I would have also liked for people to have been able to tell their own stories, rather than the moderator reading condensed versions kinda drily off cards. Besides that though we all heard what anyone could have liked. Fight the repeal of the ACA, expand coverage within the framework provided by it (LOTS of single payer in California talk), protect reproductive health rights, defend nutritional standards in schools, some good info from a panel member on how local counties will be fighting to stop deportations, and progress on building a case for impeachment!

The question about impeachment got the largest applause break of the whole shebang, it took a while for the room to quiet down enough that the congresswoman could begin talking. I think the second largest may have been when Barbara Lee name dropped Maxine Waters. Kinda loved that.
posted by books for weapons at 9:22 AM on February 19, 2017 [1 favorite]

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