Illinois Everybody INstitute

Apr 1 2017 -
9:30am to 2:00pm
National Nurses United offices
850 W. Jackson
Suite 750
Chicago, IL 60607

Please join us for the ISPC 2017 Everybody INstitute, our statewide strategy conference.

All ISPC members and allies welcome.

Hosted by ISPC with Healthcare-NOW!

Thank you to National Nurses United (NNU) for donating the space.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 am. The meeting will start at 10:00 am.

Registration instructions here.

Program here.

Reasonable accommodation here.

Driving directions, parking, public transportation, travel costs, car-pooling here.

Nearby food vendors here.

Speaker biographies here.

Questions or offers to volunteer:


Registration instructions:

To register, fill out the registration form:

Cost: $20, which will be waived upon request for those who can't afford it. Payable with check or cash on the day of the conference; or you can send a check made out to ISPC to ISPC, c/o PNHP, 29 E. Madison, Suite 1412,  Chicago IL 60602.

Please bring your own lunch. We will provide coffee and tap water.

Bring a picture ID to show to the security guard at the building entrance.

Send an email, or call, with questions, if you want to be involved in planning the meeting, if you want to volunteer on the day of the meeting, or if you need other assistance.

Donations in any amount to support this and other ISPC work are always welcome.



Opening plenary: Keynote; Speaker Ben Day

Two sets of two workshops:

  • Making a case for single-payer; Facilitator Stephanie Nakajima
  • On-line organizing: Facilitator Stephanie Nakajima
  • People’s Health Care Stories: How the stories inspire those who tell them and others to get involved and take leadership: Ben Day
  • Talking to unions about single-payer; Facilitator Kassie Beyer

Closing plenary: Organizing 101 and next steps; Facilitator Ben Day


Reasonable accommodation:

Wheelchair accessible.

ISPC is committed to making the conference as accessible as possible. Please send an email with your request for reasonable accommodation, including translation, to, subect line "Everybody INstitute;" or call 312-380-9357.


Directions and parking:

Travel by car: The NNU office is located approoximately 1 block west of US 90/94; take the Adams exit (Jackson is one-way eastbound)

For assistance with car-pooling or travel costs, contact Mark Johnson,


  • Jackson: $2/hour for up to 3 hours, pay at pay box.
  • Some streets have non-metered parking; check for signs.
  • SP+ Parking lot on the NW corner of Halsted and Jackson: $10 all day on Saturday. See instructions next to the kiosk.
  • Park 1 lot on north side of Jackson just west of the expressway: $8 all day on week-ends. See instructions. 

Public transit

  • Buses: Halsted #8;  Jackson #126
  • Closest rapid transit station: Blue Line UIC/Halsted stop (wheelchair accessible)
  • The Green and Pink Line station at Morgan is also wheelchair accessible.


Some nearby food vendors that are open at 9:00 am or earlier on Saturdays, in case you want to eat breakfast before the meeting, or buy your lunch.

  • Note that the coffee shop downstairs from the NNU office is not open on Saturdays.
  • Artopolis, 306 S. Halsted, opens 9:00 am
  • Greek Food and Liquors (deli), 309 S. Halsted, opens 9:00 am
  • Meli Cafe, 301 S. Halsted, opens 7:15 am
  • Mr. Greek Gyros, 234 S. Halsted, opens 8:00 am
  • Pan-Hellenic Pastry Shop, 322 S. Halsted, opens 9:00 am
  • Subway, 808 W. Jackson, opens 9:00 am
  • Taco Burrito King, 811 W. Jackson, opens 9:00 am


Speaker/facilitator biographies:

Kassie Beyer:

Kassie currently works with Jobs With Justice helping organize permanent coalitions of unions, community and faith groups to help drive cohesive and broad-based progressive campaigns throughout Illinois. She previously spent eight years working with SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the largest organization of direct care providers in the state, helping workers build power through forming new unions in hospitals, nursing homes, and the home care industry. Kassie also worked on developing new models for organizing and representing workers in the the healthcare industry. Prior to working in labor, Kassie studied the relationship between wealth inequality and health outcomes and interned at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Ben Day:

Ben was hired as Director of Healthcare-NOW in February 2013, prior to which he served as the Executive Director of Mass-Care, the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, from 2006 to 2013. Ben has published a range of peer-reviewed articles and reports on healthcare reform, including “State Health Reform Flatlines” (2008), “Why Has the Press Failed Us in Reporting on Health Care Reform?” (2009),  The Massachusetts Model of Health Reform in Practice (2011), “The Affordable Care Act and Medical Loss Ratios” (2015), and others. Prior to his work at Mass-Care, Ben’s background was in labor education and labor research, when he co-edited The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History (2009).

Stephanie Nakajima:

Stephanie was hired by Healthcare-NOW in 2015, and previously worked at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Danish Refugee Council in Copenhagen as a communications consultant and journalist. Before that she worked as a writer, editor, and journalist in Tokyo. During her three-year stint across the pond she was an active volunteer at Mass-Care – the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, updating social media, creating blog content, and bouncing off ideas with the Executive Director. She received her bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and is currently earning a masters in Strategic Communications.

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