Statement of Solidarity

June 3, 2020
We are struggling during a time of two major crises in the U.S.: COVID-19 and institutional racism. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are a symptom of the interpersonal and structural racism that exists in public policy and impacts the everyday experiences of Black and Brown communities. Cal-IHEA stands in solidarity with the Black community’s demand for racial justice, and calls for an end to policies and practices that normalize police brutality and other pillars of structural racism. 


Research and, more importantly, lived experiences of Black and Brown communities in the U.S. highlight the effects of racism and how detrimental it is to the health of vulnerable populations. But if we have learned anything from the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, it is that we all have a role in resisting oppression and contributing to progress. Public outcries, legislative debates, social movements, and even tough interpersonal exchanges can help guide us toward policy changes and cultural shifts that begin to prioritize justice and freedom for Black and Brown communities.

At Cal-IHEA, translating evidence into public policies and institutional practices that advance health equity is at the heart of our work. We commit to elevating research that addresses police brutality and socioeconomic deprivation. Health equity cannot be achieved without racial justice. Over the coming months, we will orchestrate evidence briefings and develop policy toolkits to inform state and local policy makers and progress toward equitable policies. We will uplift the voices of vulnerable communities to ensure that they are the forefront of these solutions, and together, we can realize racial justice in California.

 

In solidarity,