"It's Time to Draw the Line: Saving D.C. General Hospital is a Matter of International Importance"

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      FROM: Black American Political Assocation of California (BAPAC) 
      Greetings to Emergency Meeting to stop the shutdown of D.C. General
      The poor and Black communities across this nation ahve lost health care
facilities. Many people have died traveling across town to get treatment, and
then are turned away. The Black community has more trauma victims than other
communities. Hospital tgrau centers have been closed. Homer G. Phillips Hospital
in St. Louis, where I grew up, was closed. It had been serving the Black
community there since the 1930s. They ahd one of the best trauma centers in the
country. If we don't stop closing hospitals like D.C. General, it's going to have
disastrous effects.
      Joseph F. Walker
      Chairman, Carson Chapter, Black American Politican Association of
California FROM: Congress of Racial Equality, California 
      Greetings to the town meeting to save D.C. General Hospital:
      We totally back your fight to save D.C. General, and its vital medical
service to the people of Washington, D.C., especially the poor who have no other
source of medical care. Let's say it--to shut down a hospital like D.C. General
is racist murder! There are many people here in South Central LA and throughout
Los Angeles County who have relatives in D.C., and are going to be very upset if
the hospital is sold down the river.
      Celes King III
      California State Chairman   FROM: East Los Angeles Baptist Ministers Union 
      Greetings to pastor Wilson and all those defending the "General Welfare"
of Americans"
      We wholeheartedly support your struggle to keep Washington D.C. General
Hospital open and available to the citizens of our nation's capitol. We so clear
see that today, a great evil stalks the land. There is economic chaos and
collapse around the world; the dangers of war, famine, and diseases.
      The United States has, for two centuries, been the hope of all mankind. As
the poet said: "Give us your tired, you poor..." What do we say to the world
when, in our nation's very capitol, we cease providing for the needs of our
tired, our poor?
      We, therefore, join in your struggle, support it and ppray for God's
blessings upon it.
      Pastor Julius Bridges
      President, East Los Angeles Baptist Ministers Union   FROM: King/Drew
Medical University, New York 
      To: participants of the town meeting of March 3, 2001
      Regarding: The Future of the District of Columia General Hospital.
      March 2, 2001 
      In 1955 when the D.C. General Hospital was medically controlled by the
Georgetown and George Washington University Medical Schools, the major issue
surrounding the hospital was that of the apartheid system, based upon racial
cast. As Howard University Medical students rotating through the hospital
pediatric service, we represented Howard's thrust to eradicate that system and
to assure the proper deliverance of good medical care to all regardless of race.
      In 1963, when I returned to D.C. General Hospital to complete my pediatric
residency, I was impressed both with the great expanse of undeveloped public land
which only supported the hospital and the jail and with its proximity to the
Robert F. Kennedy stadium. More important, because the medical staffs had been
integrated into three interactive divisions and because all those divisions were
inadequately funded, I felt that the major issue facing D.C. General was that of
socio-economic caste. However, during this period of civil unrest, since the
majority of the patient population was now as black as they were poor, the issue
of underfunding was still that of a caste system hidden under the flag of class.
      Today, in 2001, the question of the continued existence of D.C. General
Hospital as a public institution if it is to exist at all, is predicated upon
greediness which has become the national motto since 1980. Moreover, the issue
present at the institution is the same issue which has been raised in almost
every urban city across the nation. Standing as a public hog at a private
slaughterhouse, D.C. General Hospital, if privatized, will make available to
greeding entrepreneurs the public funds set aside to give adequate healthcare to
the poor. Moreover, the fact that the question has been raised potentially opens
the path for the privatization of premium public land reaching from the D.C.
Jail, past the D.C. Hospital, to the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. The successful
accomplishment of gaining public wealth through the destruction of public
services and institutions is made more easy when the poor socio-economic class
served and the Black caste complaining are one and the same.
      Ernest H. Smith, M.D.             D.C. General Hospital
      Associate Professor, Pediatrics   Alumnus Pediatric Program
      King/Drew Medical University      June 1964
      Los Angeles, Calif. 90059   

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