Police Violence & Public Health Learning Session

Police Violence & Public Health Learning Session

From Public Health Justice Collective

We seek donations to hold a community learning session on Nov 12th in San Diego and to bring speakers who can help public health professionals at APHA build strategies for addressing and ending law enforcement violence.

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On November 10-13th, thousands of public health professionals will attend APHA in San Diego. The Public Health Justice Collective - a volunteer-run group - is organizing this learning session and has invited terrific speakers who can share steps the public health community can take to end law enforcement violence and mass criminalization. 

We have realized there are many in our own field who are interested in addressing law enforcement violence, but who do not have a background in this area and/or are seeking more concrete tools for mobilizing in our field. To make this happen, we are hosting a community educational opportunity for APHA attendees and community organizations and residents during the APHA conference. It will be on November 12th, 2018, at the beautiful Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego. We are partnering with community groups for outreach and need to raise $5,000 for 3-4 speakers' travel, accommodations, honorariums, and event materials. 

Final details for the event will be posted here. 

If you would like to get involved or support in other ways, please contact publichealthjusticecollective@gmail.com

In 2016, a strong, evidence-based policy resolution was brought to APHA that describes how law enforcement violence impacts the health of communities and also outlined steps the public health field can take to be part of the solution. It temporarily passed, with required revisions. However in 2017, even amidst highly visible police shootings across the U.S., it failed to pass. The authors have incorporated additional recommendations, met with various APHA representatives and groups, and are prepared to bring the resolution back for the 2018 conference. More information here: https://endpoliceviolence.squarespace.com/the-2018-statement/ 

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