The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Free Clinic Fills L.A. Forum

Aug 17, 2009

“When you haven’t seen a doctor in so many years, you have a lot of questions,” said a home-cleaning worker being seen at a free clinic at the Forum arena, near South Los Angeles.

The 8-day clinic in mid-August was expected to serve 8,000 of the many thousands who lined up for blocks, day after day, around the arena, taking numbers and waiting.

The nonprofit Remote Area Medical Project normally serves isolated rural communities. But the turnout at the Forum was a graphic proof – if any were needed – that enormous numbers of people everywhere in this country are denied access to health care.