Newsletter – May 2019


May 2019 Newsletter


Members went to Washington DC for a three day conference consisting of training and direct action around issues that are impacting people across the country. Members participated in direct actions demanding healthcare for all and environmental protections from dangerous contamination, and learned skills for community organizing that they will take back to Indiana to organize locally for better health in our state.

Hoosier Action members attending People's Wave in Washington DC


Local leaders from across Southern Indiana came together to get trained on power and organizing. Participants learned leadership skills necessary to make a difference in their lives and communities.

Leadership training session


On April 22nd, Franklin community members shared information around the local contamination issues, as well as concerns and personal accounts of health impacts. Attendees sent postcards to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made phone calls to local officials. Fifty people walked with signs to the EPA through the city center.

Earth day gathering in Johnson County
Tyla Barrick-Pond, the leader of the environmental justice campaign in Franklin Indiana
Member Spotlight:
Tyla Barrick-Pond

Tyla is a leader on the environmental justice campaign in Franklin Indiana. She co-chaired the Gathering for a Healthy Franklin last month.

How did you get involved in Hoosier Action?

I got involved during a door knocking event in Franklin.  Hoosier Action immediately grabbed my attention and it went from there.

What was the first big step you took as part of the organization that made a difference to you?  

I would say my first big step was the Gathering in Franklin Indiana that we all successfully managed pretty well in my opinion.  The outcome was over a 100 people showing up and wanting to be involved in the community. It was amazing to see a great turnout.

Why do you do this work, and what are you fighting for?

I do this work because it takes all of us. We learned in early 2017 that we live within a mile of a known contamination site but believed it wasn’t a problem.  I was ignorant to any of the issues surrounding my hometown and what it was doing to our community until I got sick last year and ended up in a medically induced coma. I had heart failure and chronic lung issues and the doctors were baffled at how young I am and my health issues. After I recovered I dug in and began to fight for my family and my neighborhood.



Save Hoosier Healthcare Campaign Kickoff Event Information

We’re mounting an organized, region-wide campaign to Save Hoosier Healthcare, in partnership with Medicare for All Indiana (formerly Hoosiers for a Common Sense Healthcare Plan) and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Dangerous changes to Indiana’s Medicaid Program threaten to kick thousands of people off of their insurance. The campaign kicks off on May 29th at 6:30 pm at the Monroe County Public Library.

Every Hoosier has struggled to navigate our healthcare system to get the care we need. Too many of us have to choose between paying for prescriptions or medical bills or our utilities.

Doctors, patients, and caregivers all have to deal with a confusing and unforgiving bureaucracy in order to provide and receive care. And it’s about to get worse for all of us: unnecessary and burdensome new reporting requirements will kick thousands of Hoosiers off their healthcare next year if we don’t do something about it.

It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to take a stand and take back our power. Join Hoosier Action, Medicare for All Indiana (formerly HCHP), and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard on May 29th at the Monroe County Public Library at 6:30 pm to launch our campaign to Save Hoosier Healthcare!

  • Doorknock in the 5 County Region on May 26th: Join our ambitious effort to knock 3,000 doors in the Monroe, Brown, Owen, Greene, and Lawrence Counties! We need everyone in this fight with us:  contact Jackie Nester, our Door Knocking Captain, at with any questions.

  • Doorknock in Johnson County on May 21st: email for details and to join!

  • Johnson County Meeting on May 26th: We will meet from 2-4pm at the Franklin Branch of the Johnson County Public Library to form a summer plan around the contamination issues and develop a community involvement plan for the upcoming EPA meeting. Email  for details or to RSVP.

  • Morgan County Research Visits: We are beginning a month of listening and reconnaissance around contamination and health issues in Morgan County. Email for details or to sign up to go on a research visit!

  • Monroe County Member Meeting on June 9th: Email for details or to RSVP.

P.S. We’re collecting the stories and experiences of people in Indiana on HIP 2.0/Medicaid/Hoosier Healthwise. Share your story here and feel free to share the survey with everyone you know.

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