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Obama rally brings change -- now it's at Progress Energy Center, Thursday 5-7 pm

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The big pro-Obama health care reform rally you're going to read about in the printed Indy today when it hits a coffee shop near you -- the Let's Get It Done: Raleigh National Bus Tour Stop (Health Insurance Reform Now) rally that was scheduled for Thursday night, 5-7 pm at the WakeMed North campus -- well, they've changed the venue. No, really. I just talked to Lindsay Siler, who is state coordinator for Obama's Organizing for America operation. (She's in Greensboro today, btw, delivering petitions to Sen. Hagan. She's got a lot on her plate.) The WakeMed site fell through at the last minute, she said. OFA will have people out there re-directing folks to the new site, which is:

The Progress Energy Center plaza (in front of Memorial Auditorium)

2 East South St. (south end of Fayetteville Street)

5-7 pm

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So now it's downtown, not in North Raleigh. And it's in front of a symphony hall, not a hospital. Congressman David Price is still on the bill, as is Rhonda Robinson, featured in our July 15 story "A Face of the Uninsured, A State of Denial."

The HCAN website, incidentally, lists the location as "steps of the State House," wherever that is. Pay no attention to that listing. HCAN -- Health Care for America NOW -- is the coalition of labor and activist groups pushing hard for reform with a "robust" public option. OFA, reflecting President Obama's diffident p.o. stance, is for a public option, but not that insistent, if you get my drift. But ... they're allies ... same rally ... somebody tell HCAN Central where the Progress Energy Center is.

Let's Get It Done: Raleigh National Bus Tour Stop (Health Insurance Reform Now)

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