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Chicago: "Cigna 7" Arrested for Mobilizing for Healthcare for All

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The morning after a powerful, invigorating, heartfelt Special Comment from Keith Olbermann on his news show, Countdown, a small group of civil rights advocates came together to directly challenge the operations of Cigna Insurance in our nation's health care system.

As part of a campaign known as Mobilization for Healthcare for All, seven people pledged that they would engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and "sit-in" in the Cigna Insurance building on Monroe Ave. in downtown Chicago.

Ten to twenty others committed to being outside of the Cigna Insurance building peacefully and legally protesting as these seven committed their brave action.

It was the second action of its kind organized by Mobilization for Health Care for All. Previously, a very successful action occurred in New York.

The campaign is mobilizing Americans in support of real health care reform --- single payer health care for all.

Nearly 700 people have pledged to be arrested so that Americans can---to use the words of Keith Olbermann --- fight death. So that we can prolong all Americans' lives and give everyone an opportunity to live without worrying whether they will get the treatment or be able to afford the treatment each person deserves.
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Many more actions are planned for next week on October 15th. They will be happening in cities across the country.

Here is video from the action yesterday.


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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for OpEdNews.com

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