3/18/12 - The Left Forum 2012 (3/16 - 3/18), hosts the panel discussion, "St. Vincent's Meets Occupy Wall Street: Is Health Care the Next Predatory Financial Opportunity for the 1 Percent?" In this excerpt, civil rights lawyer/activist, Yetta Kurland (Coalition for a New Village Hospital), outlines some of the legal issues surrounding the closure of St. Vincent's. Ms. Kurland also recounts the community's organizing efforts and steadfast determination to reinstate a full-service hospital.

Also on the panel are Eileen Dunn, former president of the St. Vincent's Nurses Association and Katie Robbins of Heathcare for the 99%.

Note: On Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, the New York City Council will hold their final meeting--and vote--regarding the Rudin Plan. At stake are the re-zoning changes that will give Bill Rudin and Rudin Management the go-ahead to convert the former St. Vincent's campus into luxury condos. Community activists insist that zoning modifications should be contingent upon scrapping any plans for an urgent care center and establishing a full-service hospital and emergency center.

More to come, stay tuned.

In the meantime, please visit our video blog, "Why Are They Closing St. Vincent's Hospital?," for our collected reports and future updates: watclosingstvincentshospital.blogspot.com/

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Related articles/links:

Healthcare For The 99% - Last Hearing on St. Vincent's Hospital Being Turned into Luxury Condos
owshealthcare.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/last-hearing-on-st-vincents-hospital-being-turned-into-luxury-condos/#comments

St. Vincent's Hospital: Timeline of a Crime / March 2010 - March 2012
prezi.com/uayvj2uyigms/st-vincents-hospital-timeline-of-a-crime-march-2010-march-2012/

NY1 - Two Years After Closure of St. Vincent's Hospital, Protests Continue
manhattan.ny1.com/content/top_stories/157433/two-years-after-closure-of-st--vincent-s-hospital--protests-continue

Seniors Freeze Outside St. Vincent's Demolition Hearings
nyulocal.com/on-campus/2012/03/08/seniors-freeze-outside-st-vincents-demolition-hearings/

Donny Moss - Fiasco at City Hall - March 6, 2012 - tinyurl.com/75haym4

BoldProgressNYC - Did Christine Quinn, City Council Deliberately Deny Community Access to Rudin Condo Hearing? youtube.com/watch?v=huQSunP0L-Q&feature

Gotham Gazette - Councilpedia - Keeping Track of City Officials
councilpedia.org/index.php?title=Councilpedia_Home

DNAinfo.com - Luxury Condos in Former St. Vincent's Building to Hit the Market
dnainfo.com/20110926/greenwich-village-soho/luxury-condos-former-st-vincents-building-hit-market

PNHP - Doctors Support Occupy Wall Street Because Wall Street Is Occupying Health Care
pnhp.org/ows/index.php

Gotham Gazette - St. Vincent's Highlights Crunch for Hospitals Serving the Poor
gothamgazette.com/article/health/20110720/9/3569/

NY Magazine - St. Vincent's is the Lehman Brothers of Hospitals
nymag.com/news/features/68991/

Paul Krugman - NY Times - Patients Are Not Consumers
krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/patients-are-not-consumers/

David Brooks - NY Times - Where Are the Liberals?
nytimes.com/2012/01/10/opinion/brooks-where-are-the-liberals.html?_r=1&smid=fb-nytimes&WT.mc_id=OP-E-FB-SM-LIN-WAL-011012-NYT-NA&WT.mc_ev=click

Related sites:

Occupy Together
occupytogether.org/

Coalition for a New Village Hospital
demandahospital.blogspot.com/

Hands Off St. Vincent's!
handsoffstvincents.com

Hands Off St. Vincents Call for a New Hospital (Petition)
signon.org/sign/hands-off-st-vincents?source=c.fwd&r_by=1951294

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