|MB has been doing interviews all week!|
Someone who saw the very first protest was so moved that they left a 10,000 dollar anonymous cashiers check at the door. After Fox did the story CBS, NBC and Univision called wanting an interview with MB. After Univision called Kaiser asking for a statement Kaiser knew we weren't playing. This morning the Vice President at Kaiser, Irene Chavez called and set up an interview. It only took three protests and four networks hounding them for them to take us seriously.
Watching MB do interviews is awe inspiring, even though she's tired and has cold sores from the therapy she still manages to muster up the energy to talk to the media. Yesterday she wasn't feeling very well but she still sat down and talked to NBC. When MB walks into the room everyone is at attention, she has the presence of a star and everyone hushes to listen to what she has to say. There is this energy of peace that follows her.When she's done doing the interviews they take off her microphone and she very quietly and stoicly walks away. As I watch her leave the room, i'm sure everyone's thinking, "Elvis has left the building". She's that powerful.
As my family sat and talked about everything that was going on, we thought about how many sick people who DON'T have MB's support system and advocates just go home and die when places like Kaiser deny them care. We thought of the hundreds of sick people with no voice. We reflected on how lucky we are to have eachother and Love eachother so much.
Tonight, Bob Marley's "One Love" played as I stood surrounded by friends, family and strangers on the corner of Cottle and Santa Teresa protesting. I was not only standing in the cold for MB, I was standing there for everyone who is too sick to stand up for themselves. I stand for Kaiser's future patients. I stand so that no one has to go through the pain and suffering that MB has gone through, because at the end of the day what hurts one of us hurts all of us! If we let Kaiser get away with all the negligence and lack of care now they will do it again to someone else. MB quietly said to herself, maybe this is happening for a reason, maybe this is our reason for being, God must think we are some bad ass bitches to give us this task!
A psychic once told MB not to worry about me because I was going to make history, this was about 10 years ago. I cried when MB told me this, because I have always felt deep down that I was put on this planet to do something. Maybe, this is it, maybe this is just the beginning.