Health Care Rally and Die-In to Protest GOP Healthcare Bill at Busch Stadium

A few dozen protesters held signs and staged a die-in outside of Busch Stadium in Downtown St. Louis before a baseball game between the Cardinals and the New York Mets. Participants handed out flyers about the Republican health care plan that is waiting on a vote in Congress, chanted as baseball fans walked by, and held a symbolic die-in with tombstone signs while speakers addressed the crowd. Cori Bush, who is running for Congress in Missouri’s 1st district, was one of the speakers. She said, “Health care is a human right. Because you breathe you deserve health care.”

The event was put on by MOmentum: Missouri Moving Forward with help from Indivisible STL. Mahina Nightsage of MOmentum: Missouri said, “They need to contact Senator Blunt” when I asked her what was the action she wanted Missouri citizens to take in light of the health care bill. She continued, ” This bill is an equal opportunity health care destroyer. It crosses party lines, all ages, rural and suburban, and all income levels.”

Organizers on the Facebook event page said the die-in was non-partisan in raising awareness to all people who would be affected by the bill, regardless of political affiliation. The action was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Protesters gather near Busch Stadium before the die in at 8th and Clark Street in Downtown St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

Protesters dressed as characters from the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale stand silently with signs during the die in protests outside of Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

Protesters dressed as characters from the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale stand silently with signs during the die in protests outside of Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

Protesters wave American flags and hold signs during the die in protests outside of Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

As more protesters show up to the planned die in the group covers the corner of 8th and Clark outside of Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

As more protesters show up to the planned die in the group covers the corner of 8th and Clark outside of Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

A protester with an American flag stands next to the group dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale television show in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

Brendan Ziebarth who is the community organizer for Cori Bush’s campaign leads chants as the protesters pass out flyers as Cardinals fans pass by in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

A protester holds a baby doll and a sign saying “I Died from No Access to PreNatal Health Care” befor the die in begins in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

The doll and sign are placed on a coffin as the die in starts outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

Protesters lay on the ground as the die in begins outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

A protester lays in the die in with a white sheet over them outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

Protesters lay on the ground as the die in begins outside of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

Mahina Nightsage of MOmemtum: Missouri speaks to the protesters participating in the die in as baseball fans pass by outside Busch Stadium on July 9, 2017.

Candidate for Congress in Missouri’s 1st district Cori Bush speaks to the protesters in the die in outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 9, 2017.

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