Social Justice

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

ILLUMINATING SYSTEMIC RACIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL INJUSTICES

SF Bay PSR and National PSR have joined Organizations in Solidarity in partnership with more than 300 individuals and organizations who signed the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) and the solidarity statement, Standing Together Against Racism and Discrimination in the United States. We are committed to working with our colleagues to uphold their mission “to combat racism and discrimination in all of its manifestations as individuals and in our organizations and in so doing, diversify the fields of peace and security, foreign policy, and national security, making our work more inclusive and equitable.”

Black Lives Matter. Our SF Bay PSR chapter joins with National PSR and other local chapters in condemning the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have been killed simply for “living while Black.” Like many people around the world, we watched in horror while a white police officer with seemingly no concern pinned George Floyd to the ground and held him there with a knee to his neck for nine long minutes.

As health care professionals, we are all too aware of the physical damage that such brutal force wreaks on the human body, let alone the emotional and psychological harm done to those forced to watch their child, parent, sibling, or spouse be subjected to such inhumane treatment.

In mourning the death of George Floyd, we stand in solidarity with protesters across the U.S. and around the world who demand expedited criminal justice reform, and an end to police violence and the over-policing of Black and Brown people. But our concern must go deeper than this. As the COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted vast inequities in care and treatment, income and wealth, and divisions of labor, the murder of George Floyd, and the protests that followed cast in sharp relief long-standing structures of racial inequality and white supremacy.

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OUR PROJECTS

  • RACIAL EQUITY READING GROUP: an informal reading and discussion group to learn more about issues of racial equity, particularly as they relate to the fields of public health and medicine. For more information and to join (non-physicians are welcome) please CLICK HERE.
  • EVENTS: Our 2021 events series focuses primarily on the connections between climate change, health inequities, systemic racism, and nuclear abolition. To that end, we have hosted the following events and look forward to more opportunities to educate our members and the public.
    • The Public Health Threat of Policing and Mass Incarceration, May 26, 2021, watch recording here.
    • Environmental Injustice in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point: Addressing the Enduring Health Harms of Nuclear Weapons in Our Own Backyard, October 13, 2020, watch recording here
    • The Fire Next Time: The Devastating Effects of Climate Change, Racism, and Health Inequities on Black and Brown Communities,October 22, 2020, watch recording here

San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility will not be silent. We commit to using our voice and influence to hold accountable police and local, state, and national lawmakers and pledge to work to dismantle unjust policies and practices that cause continued harm, and even death, to Black and Brown people.