Ask City of Fayetteville to declare racism a public health crisis

Ask City of Fayetteville to declare racism a public health crisis

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Black Lives Matter - Fayetteville started this petition to Fayetteville City Council and

“The prescription for the cure rests with an accurate diagnosis of the disease.” 
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1967
 
Stand with Black Lives Matter Fayetteville in asking the City of Fayetteville to declare racism a public health crisis and urge the city to take adequate steps to address the issue.
 
Systemic racism is embedded in society and has a detrimental effect on the lives and health outcomes of people of color. Those who experience racial discrimination are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and premature death. These health-related issues interact with and are reinforced by other products of systemic racism such as income inequality, education disparities, housing discrimination, mass incarceration, violence, and unequal access to health-care. Racism is a public health crisis because it risks the health and well-being of all citizens and causes destruction at a social and economic level.
 
We are making a long-term commitment in pursuit of racial healing, justice, and reconciliation. We are working to tell the truth about race in our church and our community. We are dedicated to participating in the repair, restoration, and healing of broken people, institutions and systems in our community.
 
As such, we commit ourselves to a full and thorough assessment of the specific ways that racism as a public health crisis functions in Fayetteville. We believe that gathering additional data on how racism affects all of our citizens will lead us to specific and actionable strategies and solutions. We resolve to work with city leaders towards realizing racial equity in our community through assessment, development, and implementation of policy and procedure to ensure racial equity across all sectors of local government and institutions.
 
We will hold our city to its proclaimed guiding principles of a diverse, growing local economy, pathways to prosperity, being a safe and fun city in which to live, having quality public schools, and pursuing educational, research and healthcare excellence. We call on all elected officials, policy makers, health care professionals, community stake-holders, and people of faith to work together to create public policies and programs that address racial disparities. Addressing racism as a public health crisis is a critical action that will help to realize the Fayetteville Vision for 2050: “To keep Fayetteville a vibrant and welcoming city that encourages diversity, creativity, and innovation while providing our citizens the opportunity to thrive.”

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