Contra Costans head to Capitol

Folks with the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week where they will attend a national summit on children’s health on Wednesday and Thursday.

Representatives such as the Rev. Donald Jones of Victorious Living Ministries in Richmond also say they will meet with congressional representatives and rally on the Capitol grounds.

Jones and his colleagues want Congress to adopt a federal budget that strengthens and expands the State Children’s Health Insurance Program as part of a national goal to provide health insurance to all children by 2012.

Other people who have joined Jones include Interfaith President Ann Snyder of Pinole; Cecilia Jauregui, outreach worker for Brookside Health Clinic, St. Mark’s, Richmond; Nancy Marquez, whose brother is insured through SCHIP, St. Anthony’s Church, Oakley; Carolyn Krantz, pastoral associate whose parishioners lack health insurance, St. Peter Martyr, Pittsburg; German Medina, Bay Point youth leader; George Harris, Easter Hill United Methodist Church, Richmond; and Richard Boyd, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Richmond.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen