Officially Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in East Lyme

Officially Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in East Lyme

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Serena Valentin started this petition to East Lyme Board of Selectman

The Southeastern CT Organization for Racial Equity was formed to enhance inclusivity for people of color and dismantle racism in our communities. This mission must include a focus on health and the healthcare experience of racial and ethnic minorities, which is why we want East Lyme to declare racism as an official public health crisis in our town. 

Not only does the experience of racism create an extremely high risk of anxiety and depression, but COVID-19 disproportionately effects people of color in CT through infection rates and death. These problems, along with the inequalities in medical treatment for people of color in the healthcare system, only scratch the surface of the health issues created through institutionalized racism. 

For these reasons and many others, SCORE wants to follow in the footsteps of towns such as Old Saybrook, New London, Colchester, Manchester, Simsbury, West Hartford, New Haven, and Bloomfield by declaring racism a public health crisis in our town.

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