Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Minnesota

Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in Minnesota

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KATE QUALE started this petition to State of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and

Minnesota Must Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

We demand that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Department of Human Services (DHS) & the State of Minnesota declare racism a public health crisis. 


Racism is systemic. It's roots run deep for generations. Racism in Minnesota is not often direct, but regularly subtle & hidden. Which makes it even more chronic & difficult to eradicate. It impacts people of color throughout Minnesota in all communities & households. It limits access to healthcare, housing, education, & economic opportunities. It reduces quality of life and even length of life. Racism causes brutality, abuse of power, and even death. It causes murder. 


MDH had tasked Affordable & Accessible Healthcare workgroups to come up with ideas & plans to make healthcare more accessible. The incredible workgroups repeatedly recommended that racism be declared a public health crisis. It is a glaring barrier to equitable healthcare & quality of life. To life, period.


Please, now listen.


This must end. To start dismantling racism, the State of Minnesota must declare racism a public health crisis. MDH & DHS must begin work by creating active steps towards ending racism and providing equitable change, as well as opportunities for people of color. This change must be ongoing, proactive, and thoughtful working with the organizations and communities of color already established and doing the groundwork. 


This is not to be on the shoulders of people of color. MDH must educate all white Minnesotans regardless of urban, suburban, & rural settings what racism is, how to identify racism, how to come to terms with their own white privilege, how to raise children to be anti-racist & inclusive, and why racism is a crisis not to be ignored. This impacts everyone. This is for the long haul & requires everyone's support to combat.


Please support & share this campaign. It's past time for change. Lives literally depend on it.

Thank you!


#BlackLivesMatter
#RacismIsAPublicHealthCrisis

 

 


Articles:

Andrea Jenkins Calls For Racism to Be Called a Public health Crisis

https://m-huffpost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ecff60fc5b623ca5477aef5/amp?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15912018615102&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffpost.com%2Fentry%2Fracism-public-health-crisis-minneapolis_n_5ecff60fc5b623ca5477aef5

 

Statement from Black Health Leaders: Declare Anti-Black Racism a Public Health Crisis


https://www.allianceon.org/news/Statement-Black-health-leaders-Anti-Black-Racism-Public-Health-Crisis

 

San Bernardino Considers Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

https://www-sbsun-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.sbsun.com/2020/06/02/san-bernardino-county-to-consider-declaring-racism-a-public-health-crisis/amp/?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15912028720092&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sbsun.com%2Fsan-bernardino-county-to-consider-declaring-racism-a-public-health-crisis

 

Police Brutality is a Public Health Crisis

https://qz-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/qz.com/1862403/black-people-are-at-the-center-of-two-public-health-crises-in-the-us-covid-19-and-police-brutality/amp/?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15912028720092&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fqz.com%2F1862403%2Fblack-people-are-at-the-center-of-two-public-health-crises-in-the-us-covid-19-and-police-brutality%2F

 

Ohio Legislative Black Caucus To Declare Resolutions to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis 

 

https://www-cleveland-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.cleveland.com/open/2020/06/ohio-legislative-black-caucus-members-introducing-resolutions-to-declare-racism-a-public-health-crisis.html?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&outputType=amp&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15912028720092&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleveland.com%2Fopen%2F2020%2F06%2Fohio-legislative-black-caucus-members-introducing-resolutions-to-declare-racism-a-public-health-crisis.html

American Academy of Pediatrics Condemns Racism

https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2020/american-academy-of-pediatrics-condemns-racism-offers-advice-for-families-for-how-to-talk-to-their-children/

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