Hot Sheet

Backers of universal health care coverage set to rally at noon around Colorado, worldwide

Author: Ernest Luning - December 12, 2017 - Updated: December 12, 2017

Coloradans rally for universal health care in this undated photograph. (Courtesy Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care via Facebook)

Coloradans will be rallying around the state at noon Tuesday to show support for universal health care and mark the first anniversary of the United Nations’ endorsement of the principle on what’s become known as International Health Coverage Day, organizers said.

The Colorado Foundation for Universal Health Care and dozens of partner groups are organizing the five simultaneous rallies, part of a worldwide celebration set to take place with more than 1,000 rallies in 120 countries.

The Colorado rallies are scheduled at noon at the following locations:

  • The Denver rally is at the the Greek Amphitheater in Civic Center Park.
  • The Colorado Springs rally is outside city hall at 107 N. Nevada Ave.
  • The Fort Collins rally is at Oak Street Plaza.
  • The Durango Rally is at Buckley Park on Main Street.
  • The Boulder rally is at the Boulder Bandshell at the intersection of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard.

Organizers said the rallies are intended to show support for providing health care for everyone and specifically to demonstrate enthusiasm for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation.

Numerous organizations are working with the foundation on the 12-12-12 rallies, including: the Universal Health Coverage Coalition, Our Revolution Metro Denver, Progressive Democrats of America, Democratic Socialists of America-Denver, Fuerza Latina, Health Care for All Colorado, Fort Collins for Progress, Working Families, Indivisible Durango, Arvadans for Progressive Action, Longmont Area Democrats, United Nations Association-USA Denver Metro Chapter and Northern Colorado Chapter, Servicios de la Raza, United Mountain Voices, Fort Collins Community Action Network, Transition Fort Collins, Strength Through Peace, Denver Green Party, Democratic Socialists of America -Fort Collins, Front Range MoveOn, Colorado Community Health Network, Clean Slate Now, Our Revolution Boulder, and Healthcare-NOW!

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.