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or Denyce Duncan Lacy at (518) 265-3114

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 10, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders rally to save vital health care services at SUNY Downstate Medical Center


On Thursday, September 12, community residents from Central Brooklyn will rally to save vital health care services in Central Brooklyn. The rally is being conducted by the SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders, which is comprised of Brooklyn-area religious and community organizations and unions representing SUNY Downstate employees.

The rally will begin at noon outside the 470 Clarkson Avenue entrance to Downstate’s University Hospital in Brooklyn.

Several coalition leaders, state lawmakers and members of the community will speak at the rally. The speakers will call on state elected officials to stop any further downsizing or privatization plans that would erode the vital health care services Downstate provides that residents of Central Brooklyn rely on. About 150 Downstate employees represented by United University Professions (UUP) will be losing their jobs later this month. An additional 65 employees have been notified that their jobs are being eliminated. The rally takes place as at least two other Brooklyn hospitals are facing possible closure.

Speakers will include Pastor Gilford Monrose of Mt. Zion Church of God, president of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council; Bishop Orlando Findlayter of New Hope Christian Fellowship, chairman of Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH); Pastor Shane Vidal of the Marantha Seventh Day Adventist Church; and Rowena Blackman-Stroud, president of the United University Professions Chapter at SUNY Downstate Medical Center who also serves as UUP’s statewide treasurer. Several state senators and Assembly members representing Brooklyn constituents are also expected to speak.

The SUNY Downstate Coalition of Faith, Labor and Community Leaders is a Brooklyn-based organization collectively fighting for vital health care services and jobs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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