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Thursday May 21, 2020 1PM “Impact of Covid-19 in Communities of Color”


Join us as we share grassroots responses to organized abandonment in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic; interrogate public health inequality and social determinants of health; structural and institutional racism; what makes us vulnerable; community solutions and ways to support and protect our beloved communities. 

Time: May 21, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time 

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Meeting ID: 858 2829 1981

All of our speakers are heavily involved in supporting underserved communities of color during and pre this pandemic – from raising awareness around covid-19, conducting studies, to direct outreach – providing much needed resources and testing to populations that continue to be most at risk and least protected.

Dr. Armen Henderson, is an Internal Physician, Asst Prof. of Medicine at University of Miami and Founder of Dade County Street Response, which focuses on physician led community wide efforts. Since relocating to Miami from hometown Philadelphia, Henderson has become an Organizer with Dream Defender’s. Henderson regularly hits the streets, providing tents and testing to unhoused communities. In April 2020, he was racially profiled and detained while loading his van for outreach. Footage of this incident went viral. The officer involved wore no mask while violating Henderson’s civil rights and compromising his health.

Dr. Uche Blackstock, is an Emergency Medicine Physician and Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, which partners with healthcare and healthcare-related organizations to address the critical factors contributing to health inequity, through talks, workshops and consulting services. Blackstock speaks passionately about the impact of covid-19 in Black communities and what she has observed on the frontlines, treating patients in the storm of this pandemic.

Nana Gyamfi is the Executive Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), the largest Black-led social justice organization representing the nearly 10 million Black immigrants, refugees, and families living in the U.S. A Movement attorney for the past 25 years, Gyamfi is dedicated to fighting for human rights and Black liberation. She hosts a radio show twice-weekly and provides regular live discussions on the criminalization of Black communities and know your rights training sessions. BAJI has a number of mutual aid programs in place to support Black immigrants during these unprecedented times.

Pete White, Exec Director of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), a grassroots organization, working to ensure the human right to housing, health and security are upheld in Los Angeles, located in the heart of Skid Row. Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row, is home to an estimated 15,0000 of which 4,757 are houseless. These residents cannot easily follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice to stay at home and wash their hands frequently. In response to this pandemic LA CAN has rolled out a three-prong campaign to reduce the exposure and spread of covid19, including the deployment of handwashing and sanitation stations,  masks, tents, healthy food and ‘survival kits’.

The focus of this webinar is to highlight current day outcomes of deadly historical practices, the ways that racism kills. Centering: the government’s response to this pandemic, Black mortality rates, economic hardship and informal economies, and the perpetual development of tools to criminalize poor communities of color.

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