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Thursday, May 28

Treating Racism as a Public Health Emergency
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance

As we consider actions and strategies to limit the damage of the COVID-19 pandemic and build our community's capacity to prevent and limit damage from future crises, this forum addresses systemic racism and its impacts. Both the City and County Councils have now passed motions naming racism as a "public health emergency." We consider both why it is necessary to make such public declarations, and how these political statements can inform and shape our advocacy work. While largely symbolic, can these measures be seen as openings for advancing more transformative efforts to eliminate systemic racism? How does this pandemic help clarify the urgent need for fundamental change? Confirmed speakers: Olivia "Liv" Bennett, Allegheny County Council member & sponsor of motion declaring racism a public health emergency. Zoom link: https://pitt.zoom.us/j/93085045986