Racial Equity Reading Group

Discussions are usually on Wednesdays in March, April, May, August, September, November

NEW TIME: 7:45 – 9:00 pm PT, online

To join please email tara@sfbaypsr.org. We will email Zoom info to you.
All are welcome (not just health professionals).

You’re invited! SF Bay PSR has launched 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. We read a different book or articles every 4-6 weeks, followed by a 60–90-minute discussion on Zoom. This online, drop-in group is open to anyone (not just health professionals) seeking to deepen their personal understanding of issues related to systemic racism and strengthen their commitment toward creating a more just, equitable, and healthy world.

The conversations are usually facilitated by SF Bay PSR Board Members Dr. Sarah Coates or Dr. Jeff Ritterman.


Wednesday, NOVEMBER 17: 7:45 pm

Bill Moyers PODCAST: Heather McGhee: How American Racism has a Cost for Everyone

If you have time, please read the book too.

The Sum of Us, by Heather McGhee


Special Events! Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 14, 6:00 pm: PART 1

Join SF Bay PSR and City Lights Bookstore for the launch of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine, by Jim Downs in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, and join our discussion on Sept 30, see below.

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30, 7:45 pm: PART 2

Join us for a special discussion of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine

Please support your local bookstore.

AUGUST 25, 7:45 pm: PART 2

Discussion of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice led by Dr. Rupa Marya

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, by Dr. Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

Special Event! AUGUST 3: PART 1

City Lights Bookstore in collaboration with SF Bay PSR hosted a book launch for Dr. Rupa Marya, UCSF, and Raj Patel’s new book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, and join our discussion on August 25, see below.

CHECK here for City Lights Bookstore’s YouTube channel to view the recording, coming soon

MAY 19, 2021:

SB 17: This bill would establish a California State Office of Racial Equity and direct state agencies to implement the Racial Equity Framework to address environmental justice and health inequity issues. READ the text of the bill here.

Cancer Alley petrochemical industry opposition movement:

Common Dreams: 175 Groups Urge Banks Not to Fund Massive ‘Cancer Alley’ Chemical Plant in Louisiana

Truth Out: Lawmakers Call for Biden to Block Massive Petrochemical Complex in Cancer Alley

APRIL 2021: PART 2:

Book: Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, by Dorceta E. Taylor, New York University Press

Please consider purchasing books directly from the publisher or from your LOCAL BOOKSTORE to help protect creative diversity, or via Bookshop.org which gives a percentage of every sale back to independent bookstores.

MARCH 2021: PART 1:

  1. Lancet Planetary Health: Environmental racism: time to tackle social injustice
  2. American Journal of Public Health: Bridging Climate, Health, and Equity: A Growing Imperative
  3. Nature: How environmental racism fuels pandemics, by Harriet A. Washington
  4. Podcast: How to Save a PlanetBlack Lives Matter and the Climate: Black Lives Matter is the largest movement in US history, and it’s had environmental justice as part of its policy platform from the start. In today’s show, Alex and Ayana talk about why the fight for racial justice is critical to saving the planet and what the broader climate movement can learn from the Black Lives Matter movement.

JANUARY 2021: Articles on trustworthiness before trust and Black communitys’ vaccine hesitancy

NOVEMBER 2020: Articles on the ue of race in clinical algorithms.


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For more information about SF Bay PSR’s racial, social, and environmental justice efforts please visit our Social Justice and Advocacy Tools pages.