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Blogger Profile: Julie Sokolow
Julie Sokolow is a musician, writer, and filmmaker based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the creator of the Healthy Artists documentary series, in which young creatives discuss their struggles with the American health care system.

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Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

April 5th, 2014

The War Against Poets and Adjuncts: Is Obamacare Enough?

This article originally appeared at Huffington Post on April 4th 2014.“Other than teaching, how does one earn a living as a poet?” I ask.“Right,” Yona says and laughs. I’m not posing the question hypothetically, but in earnest. After filming Yona for my documentary series Healthy Artists – on the lives ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

March 29th, 2014

The single payer movement expands

This article originally appeared in Health Care Finance News on March 14th 2014.  Article by Tammy Worth. Even as the Affordable Care Act is in its nascent stages, some states are already looking toward 2017 when they can request waivers to opt out of the healthcare exchanges. And a small, ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

March 2nd, 2014

A Powerful Art Show for Universal Health Care (VIDEO)

The New York Times recently internet-debuted our short film, Healthy Artists: The Movie. The film chronicles a revolutionary moment in 2013: Our city’s art scene stood up for universal health care. We did it by engaging local artists, college students, and health care advocates in a big, colorful art show. ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

February 9th, 2014

Jon Stewart Will Save American Health Care.

Jon Stewart (Photo Credit: Robert Gordon)  Article by Julie Sokolow, featured in SALON on Feb. 8. Updated Feb. 9 w/ additions.As a 12-year-old suburban kid, "The Daily Show" opened my mind and won my heart. It was an odd favorite, because I otherwise avoided politics. The cathartic laughter over revelations ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 9th, 2014

Unconventional “Street Doctor” Treats the Homeless (VIDEO)

Dr. Jim Withers was willing to risk his standing in the medical institution, when he started dressing like a homeless person.  It was 1992. After working a long day at the hospital, he’d hit city streets to dole out aspirin and cough medicine and take blood pressure.  Homeless people seldom ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

November 30th, 2013

Uninsured Artist Kickstarts a New Set of Teeth

“I’m a storyteller, so I like Kickstarter,” Dan says. His words emerge lispingly. It’s either because of the phone connection or his broken teeth. He continues, “Anticipation mixed with uncertainty is the definition of drama.”Dan McCloskey is a 26-year-old writer and comic book artist living in Pittsburgh, PA. When he’s ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

September 26th, 2013

O Positive: The Art and Medicine Exchange from NY to CA

O Positive: The Art and Medicine Exchange from NY to CAby Healthy Artists writer - Rachel NagelbergDespite Obama’s intentions to fix American health care inequality, over 45 million Americans remain uninsured. The brand new Obamacare insurance marketplace (opening Oct. 1st 2013) should fix that gruesome statistic, but many folks still ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

September 20th, 2013

Young Musician Struggling with Health Insurance Tells His Story (VIDEO)

Matt Dull is the frontman of the up-and-coming Pittsburgh band Young Brokaw. Like many artistic people across the US, he works service industry jobs to support his creative passions. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t usually come with affordable, quality health care coverage. Now as a new father, Matt is finding it ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

August 26th, 2013

The Poetics of Health Care

Over 20 million Americans pursued education at colleges and universities in 2012. Many were aspiring writers – crafting manuscripts, researching texts, attending classes, and studying for exams, while juggling unpaid internships, part-time jobs, and day-to-day living. Some broke a sweat to graduate summa cum laude. In this economy, what percentage ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

May 7th, 2013

Vote for a Healthy Democracy! (VIDEO)

In this 3 minute short, one grassroots documentary series attempts to unite a community for health care equality.  If the message resonates with you, please take a second to VOTE for the video and share it with your friends too! This is a submission to the Looking@Democracy competition, a project by the ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

March 25th, 2013

Democrats and Republicans Join Forces for PA Single-Payer

Pennsylvania might be the next laboratory to experiment with universal health care. On March 19th 2013, Senator Jim Ferlo announced the reintroduction of SB400, a single-payer health care bill that if implemented, will grant comprehensive, affordable health care coverage to every citizen of the state. The catalyst for the bill’s ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

March 2nd, 2013

A Silent Spring Moment for Health Care (VIDEO)

“This should be a Silent Spring moment for health care,” Jon Stewart says on the Daily Show. He’s talking about Steven Brill’s recent TIME cover story, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”, a comprehensive report that exposes why health care costs are so high for average Americans.  According ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 28th, 2013

Art, Yoga, and the Plight of America’s Unconventional Worker

Adam Grossi was just an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, when his paintings started popping up in galleries across Pittsburgh. “Grossi skips pushing the high-profile buttons – like war, poverty and racism – and goes after the societal dispositions that enable such larger problems,” said a 2007 review of Adam’s ... continue reading

Julie Sokolow

Healthy Artists

January 18th, 2013

“Healthy Artists” Film Series Captures the Heart of Single-Payer

In January 2012, I started filming my friends in the Pittsburgh arts scene for a grassroots documentary series called Healthy Artists. I visited the apartments and art studios of local painters, musicians, writers, adjunct professors, and beyond, to get a sense of their lifestyles, creative passions, and health care stories. ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
1:21 PM
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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