We at Health Access California share the grief and outrage of the murder of George Floyd. As we mourn not just Mr. Floyd, but also the many unwarranted deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement, we must advocate for a society that fully respects the humanity of Black people.
Black Lives Matter. We cannot tolerate less.
We urgently recommit to work with our allies in California and throughout the country to counter the structural racism and institutionalized white supremacy that runs throughout our society – from implicit bias to explicit exclusion. Each and every one of us has a hand in that work, which includes promoting health equity while holding the health care sector accountable on these issues.
Our fight for justice in health care is and always has been intertwined with the struggles for racial justice. We condemn the structural racism that impacts the health and lives of Black Americans daily, in all facets of life, and the real stress and trauma it causes, which often has real personal health impacts. From every day racialized incidents, to the violence from police and others that leads to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and others; we all must do better.
We know we join countless Californians in the real work ahead, including donating, marching, organizing, and holding our elected leaders accountable, to ensure Black Lives Matter.
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