PHM-North America People’s Heath Assembly

The People’s Health Movement (PHM) in Canada and in the United States invite you to a people’s health assembly on 15 August 2016 in Montréal, Québec.

This meeting will happen immediately after the World Social Forum in Montreal, which we hope will inspire us, and give us concrete ideas for the work ahead to build the movement for health justice in North America. We also invite you to participate in the activities we are planning at the World Social Forum’s Health Space – where we will be collaborating with others amongst many themes, but in particular looking at extractive industries and health, as well as free trade agreements and health.

Why you should come:

We all work in many different ways on health justice: from campaigns for access to healthcare for undocumented migrants, to monitoring the impacts of extractive industries on communities; from fighting the hold of corporate interests on medical research, to the impacts of the prison-industrial complex on the health of marginalized people. However, in our diverse and disparate ways, our common focus is clear – the right to a dignified health for all!

In this spirit, we invite you and your colleagues to this opportunity for us to come together to reflect, to strategize and to plan our ways forward in collaboration and in solidarity with each other to build this vision for health justice in North America.

What we will do:

Please note that the PHM assembly will be a working meeting. The focus of the gathering will be to build relationships, to strategize ways forward and to plan actions for activists and organizers in the movement: it will not be an academic conference. While we will not necessarily agree at the end of the day, we would like to be able to be speak to and about each other in common languages, develop framings we can use when working in alliance, and start to build a coherence to health justice movements across the continent, so that we may work to a broader common vision in concert. We seek to build a more coherent and collegial network of movements working on the right to health in its most comprehensive form. Because of the work we know you already do, we would love it if you were a part of this conversation!

How to participate:

We’re hoping the day will serve as a visioning, a launchpad to reinforce a cohesive, coherent movement for health justice across our networks. We have a dizzying array of people who have expressed interest in attending: from people reclaiming traditional systems of care, to those working on environmental health concerns; from anti-austerity organizers, to anti-imperalist activists; from those seeking access to care regardless of migration status, to unions of public servants.

As we prepare for the Assembly, we would very much like to have your input to ensure the day responds as much as possible to your interests. Please let us know what would you like to do with the time you have with us. We also wonder if people might be interested in starting conversations beforehand over email and Internet calls in order to make sure our time together is used more efficiently.

Please let us know if you can join us and what your interests are by completing the registration form

If you have more questions contact us at phm@hesperian.org and connect with us on Facebook.