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Friday, December 28, 2007

Protesting privatization


GRADY COALITION RALLY DEC. 26: State Sen. Vincent Fort vows not to uncross his arms if Grady Hospital is privatized.

Last Thursday, about 15 people rallied outside Grady Hospital’s main entrance to protest the hospital board’s decision to turn the longtime public hospital into a private, nonprofit enterprise. State Sen. Vincent Fort said privatizing the hospital would threaten dialysis and prescription-drug access for poor people, as well as the job security of the hospital’s unionized employees. Protestor Addis Bay Ababa was more blunt. He called Gov. Sonny Perdue and state legislators racist for spending $19 million to fund government-operated recreational-fishing facilities while withholding money from a government-operated hospital that treats poor, black people in Atlanta.

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