About Be a Hero/Be A Hero Action Fund

Be A Hero PAC is a national progressive organization that works tirelessly to advocate for a more fair and just healthcare system in the United States. Founded by ALS activist Ady Barkan and Liz Jaff in 2018, Be A Hero has grown rapidly and helped shape the dialogue for healthcare advocacy and accountability in America.

With a remote team across the country, we support and advance the state-based and national fight for Medicare for All, opposition to Big Pharma, progressive COVID policy, and a host of other progressive issues. …


By Neil Gluckman

Neil Gluckman is a union stagehand and a member and business representative of IATSE 927, the Atlanta Stage Technicians. He lives in Decatur, Georgia battling multiple myeloma and plasma cell leukemia.

I’m a stagehand and union representative in the performance industry. The pandemic has nearly destroyed the arts and theatre industry which supports thousands of jobs across Georgia due to safety concerns, costing each of us our livelihoods and for some, their health care.

In 2018, I was diagnosed with blood and bone cancer and am now undergoing immunotherapy. …


Atlanta, Georgia — Today, Be A Hero PAC announced a $1 Million digital and radio ad buy in the Atlanta suburbs for ads featuring republican and independent nurses from National Nurses United calling on voters to vote Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue out of office. In the ads, the nurses point to the Georgia Senators using their positions to benefit themselves financially during the pandemic while ignoring the public health of Georgians as one of many reasons to replace them with Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

According to the poll done in partnership with Data for Progress polling…


WASHINGTON — In response to video footage doctored by Rep. Steve Scalise of Ady Barkan’s interview with Vice President Joe Biden, Be A Hero PAC President Liz Jaff issued the following statement:

“Over the course of a long conversation, Ady Barkan and Vice President Biden agreed on a lot, and disagreed on issues like Medicare for All and defunding the police. That isn’t news. But what happened today is new: Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the highest-ranking Republican elected officials in government, put out a video intentionally altering the words of a man who communicates with the assistance of AAC…


A new Public Policy Polling survey finds both of North Carolina’s Senators deeply unpopular in their home state. Senator Thom Tillis, facing a re-election fight in 2020, is underwater on approval among North Carolinians by 19 points (43–24), while just 22% of voters approve of Senator Richard Burr’s job performance, and 48% disapprove. A majority (83%) have very serious concerns or somewhat serious concerns about Senator Burr selling $1.7 million in personal stock after receiving classified intelligence briefings about the impacts of the coronavirus.

While North Carolinians overall are divided on President Trump’s job performance, with 49% disapproving and 47%…


Susan Collins will be a tough incumbent to defeat.

The full weight of the GOP establishment is gearing up to put its force behind Collins. This will be the most competitive race in the country, which is why we need to build the support we need now to defeat her.

She’s already shown us that she will scurry to each and every corporate donor who wants to protect her as a rubber stamp to the Trump and McConnell agenda.

But a massive wave of grassroots support is needed to carry Collins’ Democratic opponent to victory.

There are three Democrats vying…


Chairman McGovern and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. My name is Ady Barkan. I am thirty-five years old and I live in Santa Barbara, California with my brilliant wife Rachael and our beautiful toddler Carl. She is an English professor at the University of California Santa Barbara and I am an organizer at the Center for Popular Democracy and the Be A Hero project.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Columbia University with a major in economics and my law degree from Yale Law School. For twenty years, since I was a freshman…


April 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — Dying healthcare activist Ady Barkan will travel from his home in California to testify at a Tuesday hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules regarding Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s bill to establish a Medicare for All single-payer health care system in the United States. Barkan, a husband and father to a young son, is a longtime progressive activist who captured hearts and minds when he went public with his diagnosis of terminal ALS and confronted Sen. Jeff Flake on a plane during the political battle over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act…

Be A Hero

Ady Barkan is asking politicians to be heroes and stand up for our us. Or else, we’ll vote them out. #BeAHero Press inquiries: info@beaherofund.com

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