The Alliance for People’s Health
The Alliance for People’s Health is an organization of health workers, grassroots organizers and people committed to the struggle for health for all.
A big part of what we do at the APH is provide practical health information and health advocacy for working class and marginalized communities. Our People’s Health Series’ are designed to increase the control that individuals, families, and communities have over our own health, and provide skills for community members to become Community Health Advocates.
While we provide health information and advocacy, we also struggle to expand MSP coverage, as access to affordable health care is a human right! Our current campaign is the ‘Smile With Dignity’ campaign to include basic preventative and curative dental care services under our provincial MSP.
Health is international, and the struggle for health for all is a global struggle. The APH has partnerships with organizations and movements struggling for health internationally as a component of the broader movement for social justice.
We envision healthy communities where everyone has access to health care, housing, education, transportation, childcare, food, and meaningful employment. These basic requirements for health cannot be achieved for all under a system that oppresses and exploits working class people, women, people of color and Aboriginal people. The foundations of a healthy world are the just distribution of wealth, national self-determination, and the liberation of oppressed peoples from unjust trade, militarization, occupation and war.
The struggle for health for all requires:
- Community organization
- Health workers joining local and international movements for social justice
- Public health care centered on the needs and visions of working-class communities in particular Aboriginal communities, communities of color.
The fight for our health is also the fight for our social, political and economic rights.
To this end the Alliance for People’s Health struggles through concrete political campaigns, committed service to our communities and international campaigns for social justice. Only through our united efforts can we make a significant contribution towards a just, liberated and healthy world.
Our BROCHURE: New APH Brochure
The Organizing Centre is an alliance of grassroots organizations and projects with a common understanding of the systemic roots of oppression and exploitation facing our communities in Vancouver and in the world. We have a shared strategy for fighting for social and economic justice.
The Organizing Centre is a collective of organizers who work with the affiliated organizations and projects. We are a democratic collective with a Marxist, anti-racist and anti-sexist analysis. We actively support the leadership of women, people from oppressed nationalities and particularly women of colour within the collective, the Organizing Centre and the movement for social and economic justice.
The Organizing Centre is a community of people struggling for social and economic justice. We are a multi-generational community that respects and honours the active role of children and elders in our struggle. We are an open community that understands that people have different understandings of the world based on their experiences, and that unity comes from open and respectful discussion and education. As a community we celebrate our resistance to oppression and exploitation, and our ability to create new relationships based on equality, solidarity and social justice.
The Alliance for People’s Health runs out of the Organizing Centre. For more information on the Organizing Centre, visit their website at http://www.vcn.bc.ca/~ocsej/.
People’s Health Movement
The People’s Health Movement is an international formation of health organizations, health academics and activists that initiates global campaigns and activities to discuss the root causes of ill-health, share grassroots work that is being done to fight for people’s health, and to support struggles for people’s health throughout the world.
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