September 03, 2020

The Root: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Barbara Lee Unveil Historic Legislation Confronting Public Health Impact of Structural Racism

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) announced on Thursday a new plan that would declare racism a public health issue. Dubbed “the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2020,” the legislation is the first of its kind and would harness the power of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research health disparities and propose antiracist policies to eradicate racial divides in health outcomes.

The bill also builds upon a growing movement among state and local governments that have declared racism a public health crisis in order to shore up funding, increase accountability, and push through bold new proposals to dismantle the deep inequalities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic and violent policing.


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By:  Anne Branigin
Source: The Root