To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

RACISM MEETS CRITERIA FOR THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH

Force CDC/NIH to admit that racism is the true public health target impacting outcomes for ALL Americans. Cure the infection and not just the fever.

Why is this important?

From gun violence to universal healthcare, no field of endeavor or conflict in this country is untouched by the legacy of racism manifest by our American destiny. Despite scholarly and established work to the contrary, CDC cries "No evidence-based best practices to address it" as an excuse not to do their job, so the people must demand it. I have seen the stress of loss of privilege, the minute daily drips of intangible "microaggressions" and the gaping wounds of bullets; I took an oath and DO NO HARM is not enough. We're also on Twitter and would ask folks to tweet Trevor Noah and other prominent folks who "have the mic"! @Right2healthNow

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Reasons for signing

  • As a Child and Family Therapist I witness every day the ways racism causes trauma. This week I was present with parents being separated from their child by ICE. There is nothing more scarring than parents being forcefully separated from their children by a system built on racism and xenophobia. So important that the CDC use its power to address racism as a critical public health issue.
  • As a Nurse Consultant for the State of California, it is my job to understand and promote healthy environments for the public and as a Black Nurse Consultant I have dealt with racism in healthcare for 28 years it needs to cease and desist!!!!
  • Because Racism is an institutional, structural and systemic disease that causes the death of millions of Americans. Its most common symptom is bigotry, which can never be cured until the disease itself is eradicated.

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