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As the Bob Dylan song about change goes, “The times, they are a’changin.” Dylan’s call to senators and congressmen among others might as well have been written today.

When it comes to the actions of Congress, there are plenty of issues to worry about.

Its hard not to assume that the consequences of Congressional cutbacks in medical research have influenced Pfizer’s decision to pull out of Parkinson’s research.

In a Newsweek article  by Nicole Goodkind, “After Trump Tax Break Pfizer Ends Funding for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Research and gives billions to investors,” James Beck, chief scientific officer at the Parkinson’s Foundation, is reported as saying “the fear is that ending medical research becomes a trend.”

“Other pharmaceutical companies are also weighing this option and if the biggest of the bunch decides to exit the party, it might have a ripple effect on the others,” he told Newsweek.

If dreary sociopolitical times and the fear of Parkinson’s becoming unnoticed are getting you down, consider representing Parkinson’s disease. The Women’s March is January 20 in a town near you. Some of the women in Parkinson’s Women Support will be marching in San Francisco, San Jose, and the East Bay. Please consider joining us. We may carry the same signs as we did last year at the march, “Don’t Shake Up Women’s Health Care” but you can march for any of the social issues closest to your heart.

On January 20, 2018, Women’s March San Francisco will unite along with multiple other cities in California (and other states) to reaffirm our commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. Rally at 12 Noon, Civic Center and March at 2 PM.

This rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers rights, immigrant rights, reproductive, social and environmental justice. Participation in 2018 midterm elections #HearOurVote  is encouraged.

WHEN AGAIN?

Saturday, January 20th at 11:30 AM. Rally starts at 12 Noon at Civic Center Plaza and March at 2 PM down Market Street to the Embarcadero (1.7 miles).

The January 20, 2018 march in San Francisco will be one part of many worldwide weekend events honoring the movement that brought out 5 million marchers on January 21, 2017, in what is considered the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history.

 

 

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