Sandy Eaton

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Sandy Eaton


Sandy Eaton is a Massachusetts activist.

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2013, Sandy Eaton was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[1]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991 Sandy Eaton, Massachusetts, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[2]

Committees of Correspondence

In 2001 Sandy Eaton, was a staff nurse at Quincy Medical Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, as well as the Labor Party and the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.[3]

Single payer advocate

In 2005 Eaton was Chair[4]of MASS-CARE (Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care).

Boston Health socialists lobby for healthcare

According to Boston Democratic Socialists of America member Rand Wilson, On Sept. 1 2005 Congressmen John Tierney and Maurice Hinchey heard testimony in Boston support of a “Medicare for All” solution to the health care crisis.

The growing severity of this crisis brought together over 40 grassroots organizations for an impressive—and unusual—showing of political unity for health care reform based on extending Medicare to everyone.

Reps Barney Frank, Jim McGovern and John Olver and John Tierney were sponsoring legislation in the House—HR 676—that would implement this approach.

The hearing, initiated by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and cosponsored by numerous health care, labor and community groups including Boston Democratic Socialists of America, was attended by over a hundred people.

“A plan like Medicare for All brings ‘Everybody In’ and leaves ‘Nobody Out’,” said Catherine DeLorey, a member of Massachusetts Public Health Association’s board of directors. “It creates powerful incentives to strengthen public health programs that will eventually make everyone healthier and save society billions of dollars.”

IUE-CWA Local 201 member Carol Cormier said, “It’s clear to me and my union that all employers are trying to resolve the health care crisis on the backs of their employees.

“The system they’ve set up for the new Medicare Rx plan brings in unnecessary middlemen,” said Ann Stewart, a member of Mass Senior Action Council and participant in the Prescription Advantage program.

“Over fifteen years of privatization, deregulation, job reengineering, managed care, hospital closures and cuts in essential services has resulted in an industrial model of health care that I call mangled care, ” said long-time reform advocate Sandy Eaton,a member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, who works as an RN at Quincy Medical Center.

“When we started organizing the hearing, only one member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation had signed on. Now we have four out of the ten,” said Paul Cannon, President of Teamsters Local 122 and co-chair of Jobs with Justice’s Health Care Action Committee.

“Skyrocketing costs, deteriorating quality of care, loss of insurance coverage and access to essential services is affecting everyone’s health care, ” said Rep. John Tierney. “Common sense solutions like extending Medicare to cover everyone can save money while improving quality and access to health care for all.”

Former WBZ TV 4 news reporter Sarah-Ann Shaw, a civil rights organizer and human services advocate, moderated the forum.[5]

Democratic Socialists of America

On September 24, 2006, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its 25th Annual Debs–Thomas–Bernstein Award to their "longtime comrade, Director of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, Harris Gruman". The event which was hosted by former Neighbor to Neighbor Director John Maher and Co-Chaired by Senator Pat Jehlen and Massachusetts AFL-CIO Vice President Ed Collins, was also a fundraiser for both Boston DSA and the Mass Alliance. Some Alliance-endorsed candidates were among the attendees, including Denise Provost, Jarrett Barrios, Willie Mae Allen, Claire Naughton and Will Brownsberger. John Maher and Ellen Sarkisian hosted the event; Julie Johnson of the Mass Teachers Association MC'd the event, while primary organizers were Susan Davidoff and Mike Pattberg. Abby Rockefeller & Lee Halprin and Patricia Armstrong, Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, were benefactors of the event.[6]

Sandy Eaton was a patron of the event.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Sandy Eaton of South Shore Coalition for Human Rights, Quincy, MA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[7]

Committees of Correspondence NCC

In 2009 Sandy Eaton, Massachusetts, was elected to the National Co-ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and and Socialism from the member's post National Convention ballot[8].

Labor Campaign for Single Payer

In 2009 Sandy Eaton, MA Nurses Association (w/Sandra Hottin) served on the Steering Committee of Labor Campaign for Single Payer.

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