Judy Garland is on a crusade for health care justice
and is inspiring others in the Tri Cities to join her in the movement.
Her commitment to this issue stems from an extraordinary sense
of compassion for people in need. She will extend a helping hand
to anyone, anytime, anywhere. She will listen to their story and
she will retell it to anyone that can make a difference.
She shows tremendous courage to stand up
and speak for those who have been pushed aside, even when it's
not popular - especially when it's not popular. Judy
radiates energy and her passion for this issue is absolutely contagious.
She has single-handedly tripled the size of the Tri-cities Local
Organizing Group. When asked why she takes the risk of alienating
herself by speaking out in a very conservative area on a polarizing
issue, she simply said, "The people who need this make
me brave." Her courage inspires us all to stand up and
speak with her.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Rich Henighan has
applied his commitment to care for his patients to his work towards
health care justice for all. Over his many years of involvement
with THCC, he has become a staunch advocate and strong leader
within our Knoxville-area Local Organizing Group.
Rich's dedication to the goals of THCC is reflected
in his tireless work: planning events, facilitating LOG meetings,
moderating public panel discussions, co-chairing the media team
and helping to lead the strategic planning process for our Knoxville
LOG. This past year, he stepped up to coordinate the efforts of
20 local volunteers to organize, publicize and host a Regional
Training Meeting for nearly 100 participants! The success of that
event and many others is due in no small part to Rich's leadership
Who Puts Plans Into Action
Dr. Art Sutherland brings his talents as a healer
and humanist to advocacy work. He may be retired from is cardiology
practice, but he is far, far from being retired. He is involved
in many causes in the Memphis area and beyond, and we are thankful
that he gives so much of his time and expertise to health care
justice as THCC board member and Memphis LOG leader, and as the
President of the Tennessee Chapter of Physicians for a National
Health Plan (PNHP).
Art has a knack for bringing people together and making
things happen. He was instrumental in helping THCC draw
quality speakers and sponsors to its “Pathway to the Promise”
20th Anniversary celebration. He is one of the most active members
of the Memphis LOG and is always ready to roll up his sleeves
to do what is needed, be it giving a presentation to a community
group, making phone calls to Congress, demonstrating against greed
outside insurance company headquarters, or hosting house parties.
He has taken the lead with faith outreach in Memphis area clergy
and has helped to form THCC’s Faith and Health Care
Justice Committee, which meets regularly and is planning
to have interfaith events in the future.
Thank you, Art, for your humor, humanity
and making things happen!
People Together in the Tri Cities
Claire Lovelace is a deeply spiritual and compassionate
person, who is interested in faith-based outreach around health
care reform as a social justice issue. Putting her faith into
practice, she recently led the Tri Cities LOG in conducting a
public screening of "Sick Around the World" at Munsey
Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City. With the help
of other LOG members, she reached out to area churches to co-sponsor
the event, which focused on the moral basis for universal health
Claire is an active member of Munsey Memorial United
Methodist Church, where THCC meets every month. She worked with
Munsey's administrative staff and the Church and Society Team
to host the event. From soup to nuts, she led the way: organizing
logistics, communicating with sponsoring churches, designing the
program, and coordinating publicity.
This successful public education event was a testament
to Claire's outstanding organizational skills, commitment to health
care justice, and ability to communicate effectively with people
from all walks of life.
Claire has been an important part of
THCC's statewide grassroots network for national health care reform.
She is one of our key volunteer leaders and active
member of our Tri-cities Local Organizing Group (LOG). She works
tirelessly behind-the-scenes: scheduling meetings, securing locations
for events and communicating with the rest of the group. She served
on the Publicity and Outreach Team for our Regional Conference
in April 2009 and is an active Media Team member, monitoring local
coverage and writing letters to the editor. She communicates regularly
with her legislators via fax, letters, and phone calls, and participated
in two of Senator Corker's Town Hall meetings this summer, engaging
him with thoughtful questions about health care reform.
Claire volunteers her time & talents to many
worthy causes in her community and we are fortunate that she gives
so much to us. Thank you, Claire!
THCC Volunteer is a Genuine Beauty Queen and So Much More!
Lorri Mabry is Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2009, but
she needs no official crown for the world to see how beautiful
she is, inside and out! Lorri has been committed to progressive
disability and health care issues for many years, and has been
an active and important member of THCC for a long time.
Cerebral palsy may have stolen her speaking voice, but she is
far from silent. Lorri is one of the most powerful voices for
justice in our community. Middle Tennessee TV and print news media
often turn to Lorri to get “the scoop” on what’s
happening with important issues like state policies changes to
in-home nursing or Daniels (SSI) TennCare.
Not Even Bad State Policy Holds Her Back
The state’s Draconian in-home nursing policies that forbid
nurses from accompanying clients to meetings or to take them our
to dinner or a movie have forced many people with disabilities
to become virtual prisoners in their own homes—but not Lorri.
Despite being in a wheelchair, with very limited use of her hands
only, and having to speak through a portable, voice-activated
computer, Lorri is a mover and shaker.
Lorri travels on her own through Access Ride to participate in
meetings, such as THCC’s Nashville LOG meetings, committee
planning meetings for events such as the big Cover America Rally
that happened during Presidential Debate at Belmont last October,
and many other gatherings. She even traveled from Nashville to
Murfreeboro, where she earned a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts (what
else?!) degree from MTSU in 2007.
THCC is very, very fortunate to have Lorri as one of our committed
volunteers and to call her our friend. She is truly a role model
for us all. Thank you, Lorri!